Designing Sustainable Landscapes: Slope settings variable

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
https://scholarworks.umass.edu/data/17
DOI:
10.7275/r54f1nz2
Author(s):
McGarigal, Kevin; Compton, Brad; Plunkett, Ethan; DeLuca, Bill; Grand, Joanna
Publisher(s):
University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Tags:
Environmental Sciences; Sustainability
data description
Slope is one of several ecological settings variables that collectively characterize the biophysical setting of each 30 m cell at a given point in time (McGarigal et al 2017). Slope gives the percent slope at each cell. High slopes indicate a propensity for gravityinduced physical disturbance (e.g., talus slopes), which can limit plant development. Slope ranges from 0% for flat areas to theoretically infinity for absolutely vertical cliffs, though the actual maximum occurring in our landscape is 440%.