Spatial analysis of Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease

McGovern, Mark (2005) Spatial analysis of Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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The analytical capabilities of a Geographic Information System (GIS) are increasingly being used to map the spread of disease and subsequent disease control. This project uses the spatial analysis techniques of a GIS to model habitat suitability of the Tasmanian devil and compare with available data on a disease affecting the devil. The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, and is only found in Tasmania. Approximately 10 years ago the devils began showing signs of a fatal disease that has now claimed between 33 - 50 percent of the native population. Devil Facial Tumour Disease (referred to as DFTD) has been recorded in over 65 percent of the state but is feared to be present over a larger area. Research conducted so far has failed to identify the cause of the disease or provide a cure. There is evidence to suggest that the spread of DFTD is dependent on devil population density (Jones M, pers comm).

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: geographic information systems (GIS), Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), marsupial
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology

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