McClain, B.J. 1998. Using satellite imagery to assess white-tailed deer habitat. M.S. Thesis, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, 98pp.

Abstract: I tested limitations of satellite imagery for habitat analysis for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Adirondack Park, NY. I used two classified images, one with a large minimum mapping unity, but high accuracy and one with no minimum mapping unit but lower accuracy. I tested the utility of including three non-habitat factors and assessing habitat at five spatial scales. Presence of a large minimum mapping unit eliminated small details that are important to habitat assessment. Scale of analysis is relatively unimportant if data are averaged to a low resolution (i.e., township), but if data are used at a higher resolution, scale is an important consideration. Inclusion of non-habitat data at a low resolution had limited benefit. In the Adirondack mountains, the proportion of hardwood and softwood is most important to spatial dynamics of deer populations. Arrangement and interspersion of cover types were not significant to deer populations.