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The quantification of landscape structures is an important part in many ecological analysis dealing with GIS derived satellite data. This paper introduces a new free and open-source tool for conducting landscape ecology analysis. LecoS is able to compute a variety of basic and advanced landscape metrics in an automatized way by iterating through an optional provided vector layer. It is integrated into the QGIS processing framework and can thus be used as a stand-alone tool or within bigger complex models.
I will think about that, however i don't know if there is any existing alternative or paper i could cite. Some of the methods i coded analogous to functions existing in ArcGis (such as the ZonalStatistics tool -> http://tinyurl.com/ognmg78 ) and others i wrote entirely myself and believe there is no existing reference or comparable function (such as the vector overlay tool).
In that case, an interesting dilemma. The source code is available, so the code in itself could be cited, or even better; could you use this article to describe how the functions were implemented, with more examples, following the structure of articles in JStatSoft (eg http://www.jstatsoft.org/v55/i13 ) ?
Mhh, that would be an option, but (at least to me) most of the tools seem pretty self-explaining. I thought about it and i think another valuable thing to add would be some sort of a short casestudy using real data (from published sources) to demonstrate the functionality of my plugin.