Wetland research
Online ISSN : 2434-1762
Print ISSN : 2185-4238
The estimation of the potential carrying capacity of the otter habitat in Japan: comparison with Korea
Hyeonjin KIMHajime ISETadashi MASUZAWAMasahiro FUKUDAHiroshi OGAWAMotokazu ANDO
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Keywords: otter, Korea, habitat, GIS
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2019 Volume 9 Pages 17-27

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Using geographic information system (GIS), potential habitats in Japan were identified by applying the environmental conditions of otter habitats in Korea. A land use map of Korea was classified into four categories: city, grassland, forest, and water body. Based on the distribution of otter spraints, the optimal habitat conditions for otters were determined. The optimal habitat determined in Korea and Japan was similar to each other. It is unclear if mountain areas would be suitable as they were not surveyed. These findings confirmed that the current environmental conditions of Japan satisfied the conditions for otter survival.

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