Habitat Connectivity Modeling and Assessment
This project aims to assess current and historic land uses, as well as a least cost path analysis of the City of Sacramento, California, to inform planning decisions for green space re-establishment and development. A map of current land uses was created to analyze it through chosen Fragstats metrics. This is to understand the urban landscape’s connectivity and composition. Following analysis of the current land uses in the city, the landscape was compared to the possible historical land use conditions for analysis on how far the landscape has deviated from the natural uses and to inform future urban conservation planning initiatives. In order to propose general “green space”corridor improvement plans, the current landscape was analyzed to find the existing least cost pathways for movement. Following this analysis, a general plan of zones that focus on green space re-establishment was proposed.
Final project uses Fragstats, Microsoft Office, and ArcMap GIS.