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Ferretti M.,University of Pisa | Foi M.,University of Milan | Paci G.,University of Pisa | Tosi W.,Geographic Information System Office | Bagliacca M.,University of Pisa
International Journal of Zoology | Year: 2012

The aim of the study was to test Appennino, a tool used to evaluate the habitats of animals through compositional analysis. This free tool calculates an animal's habitat use within the GIS platform for ArcGIS and saves and exports the results of the comparative land uses to other statistical software. Visual Basic for Application programming language was employed to prepare the ESRI ArcGIS 9.x utility. The tool was tested on a dataset of 546 pheasant positions obtained from a study carried out in Tuscany (Italy). The tool automatically gave the same results as the results obtained by calculating the surfaces in ESRI ArcGIS, exporting the data from the ArcGIS, then using a commercial spreadsheet and/or statistical software to calculate the animal's habitat use with a considerable reduction in time. © 2012 Marco Ferretti et al.

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