RAMAS GIS is designed to link your GIS with a metapopulation model for population viability analysis and extinction risk assessment. Habitats used by most species are becoming increasingly fragmented, requiring a metapopulation modeling approach to risk analysis. Recognizing habitat patchiness from an endangered species' point of view requires spatial information on habitat suitability. RAMAS GIS meets both these requirements by linking metapopulation modeling with landscape data and GIS technology. It is a comprehensive extinction risk assessment system that operates in five steps:
Use RAMAS GIS to
- link your GIS to an ecological model,
- use landscape data in your population viability analysis,
- incorporate changes in habitat into a metapopulation model,
- combine geographic and demographic data for risk assessment.