Thesis Defense - Tom Robinson
Mapping Ecologically Functional Riparian Corridors Using LiDAR and Hydrologic Landscape Analysis
This thesis developed methods to improve mapping and conservation of riparian zones, which are the biologically rich and societally important interfaces between water courses and adjoining uplands. Maintaining ecological function within riparian zones is a priority for land conservation and management agencies. This work forwards research into mapping riparian ecological function and incorporating function into scenario-based conservation planning with analyses of marginal gains and benefit-cost ratios. The aim of this work is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of riparian zone protection.