First glimpse of a new QGIS plugin. Land cover statistics for classified raster shapes
Since last week i spend my evenings in order to code a new plugin for the QGIS community. It deals with Land cover analysis of classified raster shapes such as the CORINE dataset.
The plugin is named LecoS, which stands for Landscape Ecology Statistics, and is able to compute some of the often used FRAGSTAT metrics directly in QGIS (FRAGSTAT is only available for Windows and don’t work on many Linux machines without major reconfigurations). This includes for example the mean patch area or the number of identified patches per class (like the number of forest patches in an agricultural matrix). More metrics will be added in the feature. The user can choose if he wants to compute a single or several metrics in a row. Additionally i want to include the possibility to define a custom metric for special calculations in order to add flexibility.
I will release the plugin in the near future. Although it is already running and basically working there are a lot of little bugs and the majority of metrics still needs to be implemented.
Things to be done
- Adding more metrics (for instance total edge length or the landscape division index)
- Designing the GUI surface for the Custom metric calculation (will be awesome)
- Ugly Bug hunting
- Adding a batch processor for features of masked vector shapes