matBRAT - Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (Matlab based - version 1 to 2.03)

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1. Input Data Capture

The dam-building beaver capacity model requires:

Existing, readily and freely available GIS datasets from GIS data clearinghouses can be used as model inputs. For the Utah statewide run, we used:

NHD for a drainage network layer & hydrography data


Note: The potential vegetation layer (biophysical settings (BpS)) represents the vegetation that may have been dominant on the landscape prior to Euro-American settlement and is based on both the current biophysical environment and an approximation of the historical disturbance regime.

USGS Digital Elevation (DEM) data for Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

The potential conflict inference system requires the following layers:

For the Utah statewide run, we obtained all of the above data from the Utah AGRC Mapping Portal.

Note: These data or similar data must be captured before proceeding on to Step 2.

Matlab and FIS Files

The matlab and FIS files for the beaver dam capacity, conflict potential and conservation and restoration models are provided at the following link:

This zipfile also contains an input .csv table (Matlab_Input_Formatted_Empty_CSV.csv) to be used when running the models.

Source Code available on BitBucket

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