Estimation of species abundance

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05-21-2012 03:05 AM
Miriamvon_Thenen
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Does anyone know how I can estimate species abundance? The formula should be "(Number of species in the survey area/Total area surveyed)*Total area". I just don´t know how to put it into GIS...
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NobbirAhmed
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(Number of species in the survey area/Total area surveyed)*Total area"


I guess you have data for 'number of species in survey area', 'area surveyed' and 'total area' in three fields of a table, right? If so, then add a new field (say, Estimates) to the table. Open the attribute table in ArcMap. Right-click on the newly addeded 'Estimates' field name and select Field Calculator ...

Select Python as Parser. Set Estimates =

( !NumOfSpecies! / float(!SurveyArea!)) * !TotalArea!


My guess may be wrong - in that case - could you please elaborate your steps?
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