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Classification of Snow Leopard habitat in Mt. Everest National Park Sujhav Pun & Martin Gordon.

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1 Classification of Snow Leopard habitat in Mt. Everest National Park Sujhav Pun & Martin Gordon

2 Background Snow leopards disappeared in the 1960's but in the late 1980s anecdotal reports noted their return. Very elusive Altitudinal home range m Prefer low elevation, close to rivers, away from humans and less snowfall, prefer exposed rocky areas Need for identifying ideal habitat

3 Study Area Mt. Everest National Park (Sagarmatha) Elevation ranges from 2,810m to 8,848m at the summit of Everest sq miles in area WGS 84, UTM 45N

4 Methods Identify cover types o Unsupervised Classification o Supervised classification - identify all possible features based on image interpretation o Supervised classification - identify vegetation types based on ecological data Use ecological data to ID cover types

5 Continued Literature analysis needed to identify o Ideal leopard habitat o Prey species habitat

6 Raw Data

7 True color R/G/B = 3/2/1

8 Custom = R/G/B = 4/3/2

9 Unsupervised Classification

10 Supervised classification

11 Supervised classification - Forest Types

12 Conclusion Good for researchers and policy makers More data needed


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