Approaches and Tools for Conducting Assessments of Species Landscape Movement

Here is a sample of tools commonly used to assess and map species ability and willingness to traverse among natural and human-modified landscape features. When assessing and predicting species movement on a landscape, practitioners should build off existing information on the species movement behavior in the literature and expert opinions. For example, if information on species ability or inability to traverse steep terrain has been previously determined to be an important factor influencing movements then an elevation raster and slope model should be used when mapping species movements.

Least-cost Path Models
Circuit Theory Models
Graph Network Models
Agent-based Models