NAME: Alternate Animal Movement Routes, v. 2.1 (Click Name to Download)
Last modified: April 12, 2005
TOPICS: ArcView 3.x, Animal Movement, Alternate, Route, Path, Proportion, Distance, Bearing, Azimuth, Angle, Point, Line, Polyline, Polygon, Shape, View, Analysis, Tools, Vertices, Random, Distribution
DESCRIPTION: This extension is intended as an exploratory tool to help compare habitat features used by an animal with those habitat features that were available in a particular route. It works by developing a set of alternative routes based on the original route using a variety of potential methods, each with several options, including:
You can compare characteristics of your random routes with characteristics of the actual route the animal used. This extension will derive several indices on each alternate route based on the geometry of that route, and more indices based on attributes of a polygon theme that the routes cross through (Land Cover types, for example). For users with Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, the author recommends his "Surface Tools" extension to derive topographic characteristics of the alternate routes (see http://www.jennessent.com/arcview/surface_tools.htm).
This extension includes additional tools to:
OUTPUT: This extension will generate polyline themes of alternate routes based on tables, point themes and polyline route themes. The alternate route themes include several indices describing geometric aspects of the route and how much they deviate from the original route.
The tools that analyze habitat characteristics will identify all unique polygon attributes in intersecting polygons, and then generate the length and the proportion of the route that lays within each habitat type. In these cases you also have the option to save your clipped polylines or polygons in a separate shapefile.
REQUIRES: This extension requires that the file
"avdlog.dll" be present in the ArcView/BIN32 directory (or
$AVBIN/avdlog.dll) and that the Dialog Designer extension be located in
your ArcView/ext32 directory, which they usually are if you're running AV
3.1 or better. The Dialog Designer doesn't have to be loaded; it just has
to be available. If you are running AV 3.0a, you can download the
appropriate files for free from ESRI at:
REVISIONS: Version 2 adds methods to generate random routes based on segment lengths and bearings independently, and to randomly relocate and rotate the entire route. Version 2 also includes several stand-alone tools to intersect routes with polygons, combine route segments and to add record number fields to datasets.
Version 2.1 (April 12, 2005) adds the option to randomize routes by randomly selecting from the original set of internal angles in the original route. This version also fixes bugs relating to sorting by date, attempting to randomize segments in a polyline with ≤ 1 segment, and intersecting polylines or polygons with background polygon themes or randomizing routes while not copying any of the original fields to the new theme.
Recommended Citation Format: For those who wish to cite this extension, the author recommends something similar to:
Jenness, J. 2004. Alternate animal movement routes (altroutes.avx) extension for ArcView 3.x, v. 2.1. Jenness Enterprises. Available at: http://www.jennessent.com/arcview/alternate_routes.htm.
Please let me know if you cite this extension in a publication (email@example.com). I will update the citation list to include any publications that I am told about.
Enjoy! Please contact the author if you have problems or find bugs.
Jeff Jenness firstname.lastname@example.org
3020 N. Schevene Blvd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Please visit Jenness Enterprises ArcView Extensions site for more ArcView Extensions and other software by the author. We also offer customized ArcView-based GIS consultation services to help you meet your specific data analysis and application development needs.