Johnston, George Finlay (2007) Wildlife vehicle collision GIS mapping & modelling. [USQ Project]
Wildlife Vehicle Collision (WVC) is a serious problem throughout Australia. The incidence of WVC and the measures to mitigate WVC are economically costly to
society. The ability to identify, predict and design for the reduction of WVCs is beneficial to society in economic, ecological and moral terms.
This project had two main aims; 1) To create an efficient system for the mapping of Wildlife Vehicle Collisions (WVC) and essential surrounding landscape attributes, and; 2) to create a GIS model based on these landscape attributes that allow for prediction of WVCs.
Field surveys were undertaken to determine the spatial location of WVCs along a 25km section of the New England Highway. 43 WVCs were mapped by vehiclebased
survey using handheld GPS. An efficient mapping system was developed that has the potential to be adopted by a wide range of users. Landscape variables potentially important to the occurrence of WVCs were identified using a Geographic Information System. Comparisons were made between individual WVC sites and the average for the entire length of the survey route. The differences between these were used to determine appropriate weights for the subsequent weighted raster overlay analysis.
Landscape variables that associate with WVC were identified through a combination of field mapping and GIS analysis. The identified correlation of WVCs and
landscape variables enabled predictive models to be developed. Combinations of landscape variables with assigned weights were used to identify risk areas for WVC
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|Item Type:||USQ Project|
|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:||18 Jun 2008 02:30|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:03|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||wildlife; wildlife vehicle collision; road accidents; geographic information systems; GIS; GIS mapping; GIS modelling|
|Fields of Research :||09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
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