Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Characterizing Spotted Owl Habitat Using LiDAR

Research Sponsored By: USDI National Park Service
Principal Investigator: Van Kane
Project Description
This study uses remote sensing techniques to characterize California Spotted Owl (hereafter Spotted Owl) habitat in areas burned by the 2013 Rim Fire and in unburned areas that were also subjected to a three year mega drought. Our research goal is to formally evaluate whether fire and the three year mega drought have affected occupancy probability, and assess how post-fire occupancy probability correlates with burn severity and other habitat characteristics – some of which will be quantified using LiDAR and other remote-sensed data. The National Park Service will conduct all field work while the University of Washington will evaluate the results from the field work in the context of remote sensing data.