Identification of bird collision hotspots along transmission power lines in Alberta: an expert-based geographic information system (GIS) approach

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dc.contributor.author Quinn, Michael S.
dc.contributor.author Heck, N.
dc.contributor.author Alexander, S. M.
dc.contributor.author Chernoff, G.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-14T17:04:29Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-14T17:04:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Quinn, M.S., N. Heck, S.M. Alexander, G. Chernoff. 2011. Identification of bird collision hotspots along transmission power lines in Alberta: an expert-based geographic information system (GIS) approach. Journal of Environmental Informatics 18(1):12-21. https://doi.org/10.3808/jei.201100194 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1726-2135
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11205/372
dc.description.abstract Bird collisions with electrical transmission lines are a cause of avian mortality. The exact magnitude of the problem is not known because most avian mortality goes undetected; however, existing mortality estimates make this phenomenon a significant ecological, social and economic concern. Electric utility companies operate thousands of kilometres of transmission line, making it difficult and costly to identify problem sites and prioritize areas for mitigation. Existing research suggests that mortality is not evenly distributed, but spatially clustered in areas with particular combinations of environmental and physical attributes. We used a combination of a geographic information system (GIS) and multiple criteria evaluation (MCE) to predict collision risk hotspots at a landscape scale. Model predictions were validated through preliminary field sampling, which yielded strong evidence that this approach can successfully predict high-risk collision zones. Our spatial approach was a novel application of risk theory within GIS, was transparent, can be easily replicated, and is transferable to other areas with similar problems. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Environmental Informatics en_US
dc.subject Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) en_US
dc.subject Bird en_US
dc.subject Multiple Criteria Evaluation (MCE) en_US
dc.subject Geographic Information System (GIS) en_US
dc.subject Power lines en_US
dc.subject Waterfowl en_US
dc.title Identification of bird collision hotspots along transmission power lines in Alberta: an expert-based geographic information system (GIS) approach en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3808/jei.201100194
dc.publisher.uri http://www.jeionline.org/index.php?journal=mys en_US


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