Methodology and Interpretation
FLARGEST - Largest forest patch size
Values are reported in meters2. The largest forest patch size can
be useful in habitat modeling. Some species require a minimum size area of
connected forest for their habitat. The patch is made up of adjacent forest
cells, including diagonals. The patch size may be larger than reported if it
extends beyond the 3 km grid cell reporting unit boundary.
Quantile: Each class contains an approximately equal number (count) of features. A quantile
classification is well-suited to linearly distributed data. Because features are grouped by the number
within each class, the resulting map can be misleading, in that similar features can be separated into
adjacent classes, or features with widely different values can be lumped into the same class. This
distortion can be minimized by increasing the number of classes.
Natural Breaks: Classes are based on natural groupings of data values. Natural break points
are identified by looking for groupings and patterns inherent in the data. The features are divided
into classes whose boundaries are set where there are relatively large jumps in the distribution of
* EMAP-West Landscape Metrics Metadata (FGDC)