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Harmonised koala habitat mapping

Runge, Claire A; Rhodes, Jonathan R; Lopez-Cubillos, D Sofia

A harmonised map of potential koala habitat was developed for the region encompassing Queensland, New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This map represents the area (ha) and presence of koala habitat in 100ha planning units across this region. The area of habitat is equivalent to the percent coverage of habitat in each planning unit. The map was developed by harmonising existing regional habitat mapping and range-wide and regional species distribution models. Additional models of koala habitat were developed for regions where datasets of koala habitat were not available.

This dataset was developed to inform broad-scale conservation planning associated with the Commonwealth Koala Recovery Plan. The spatial resolution is 100 ha (approximately 1km) and it is not intended for identifying habitat at a fine scale. The dataset has not been ground-truthed. Some areas identified as potential habitat may be too degraded or contain insufficient resources for koalas to occupy. Koalas may be present outside the areas identified as potential habitat.

Further information is available in the report and README in this repository.

This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program project 4.4.12.
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