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Stray cats in Auckland, New Zealand: Discovering geographic information for exploratory spatial analysis

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dc.contributor.author Farnworth, Mark
dc.contributor.author Aguilar, Glenn
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-19T21:58:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-19T21:58:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1873-7730
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1804
dc.description.abstract Stray cats are a common feature of urban landscapes and are associated with issues of animal welfare and negative environmental impacts. Management, planning and decision-making require readily accessible information on stray cats. However, much of the existing data is not immediately useful for a geographic information system (GIS) in terms of format, content and explicit location information. Spreadsheets we obtained from a single large shelter in the Auckland region. They contained records of stray cat pickups and admissions for an entire year (n = 8573) of which 56.4% (n = 4834) contained data that could be processed to derive relevant spatial information. The resulting data consisted of identified roads and areas of Auckland where the stray cats were found. Published census databases and shapefiles were matched with the data to build a GIS of stray cats. Global and local regression analysis was employed to discover spatial distribution characteristics including the identification of areas with relatively high and low concentrations of stray cats and to explore relationships between socioeconomic condition and stray cat density. Significant clustering is more evident in South Auckland than elsewhere in the region. Specific geographical information is valuable, not only for understanding population dynamics of stray cats, but also to allow spatial and temporal targeting of resources to minimise their impact and promote responsible ownership. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Elsevier en_NZ
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Geography. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nurse Education Today, doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.011 en_NZ
dc.subject Stray cat en_NZ
dc.subject Geocoding en_NZ
dc.subject Spatial distribution en_NZ
dc.subject Hot spot analysis en_NZ
dc.subject Exploratory GIS en_NZ
dc.subject GWR en_NZ
dc.title Stray cats in Auckland, New Zealand: Discovering geographic information for exploratory spatial analysis en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.rights.holder Elsevier en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.011 en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 090903 Geospatial Information Systems en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Aguilar, G., & Farnworth, M. (2012). Stray cats in Auckland, New Zealand: Discovering geographic information for exploratory spatial analysis. Applied Geography, 34, 230-238. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.011 en_NZ
unitec.institution Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
unitec.publication.spage 230 en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage 238 en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume 34 en_NZ
unitec.publication.title Applied Geography en_NZ
unitec.peerreviewed yes en_NZ


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