I have been supplied with a brief whereby I have to develop a biodiversity survey and sampling scheme with reference to the impact of fire on threatened vegetation communities since 1980.
Aerial photographs for every year with 5 m res
Polygon data of fire extents for each year
Polyline data of roads and fire trails
I have decided to convert the fire extents to raster such that each cell that falls in a fire polygon has a value of one and all other cells will be assigned no data
Calculate the frequency each site has been burnt by summing the rasters created
Calculate the time since the last burn by setting the cell values in each raster to be the year of the burn, taking the maxiumum and then subtracting from 2012
Cells that have been burnt 5 times since 1980 considered regularly burnt. Less than 5 infrequently burnt. Recently burnt are those burnt since 2000
Classified rasters converted to polygon to use in sampling
Polygon boundaries simplified in the conversion process
My question is: is it appropriate to use the contains operator when determining which cell falls within a fire polygon or would it be more accurate to use the intersect operator to capture cells that have some degree of fire damange when converting fire extent to raster? Any other criticisms would be greatly appreciated.