Developed by: The University of Queensland (Website)
Marxan is a systematic conservation planning tool, which generate the optimized portfolio of land parcels with given conservation goal. It does not model LULC change, but rather identifies the preferable future LULC. Also, it could only model 2 LULC class, i.e. protected vs. not protected.
Alternatively, the Marxan output can be used as restricted areas input with other LULC modeling tools.
|INPUT - REQUIRED||?Spatial? land planning unit map, cost map ?Non-spatial? target abundance per unit, protection goals|
|INPUT - OPTIONAL||Planning unit boundary lengths, biological constraints, spatial clustering, species penalty factors|
|OUTPUT||?Spatial?Portfolio of suggested protection area, as either vector or raster. ?Non-spatial? summary statistics of the scenario plan, including species protected and area protected etc.|
|HOW ARE SCENARIOS DECIDED?||
Amount: User-defined goal on area and conservation target
Location: Portfolio of planning unit, which balances the goal and the cost
|CAN I ALTER THE MODEL?||Yes|
|REQUIRE GIS TOOL TO RUN THE MODEL?||No. However, pre- and post-process require GIS tool.|