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Fragstats 2018-01-23T09:59:43-05:00


FRAGSTATS is a spatial pattern analysis program for quantifying the structure (i.e. composition and configuration) of landscapes. The landscape subject to analysis is user-defined and can represent any spatial phenomenon. FRAGSTATS simply quantifies the spatial heterogeneity of the landscape as represented in either a categorical map (i.e. landscape mosaic) or continuous surface (i.e.landscape gradient).

Author(s) Kevin McGarigal (University of Massachussetts, Amherst)
Published 1995 (last updated 2015)
Compatible with Stand-alone
User Forum None
User Guide User Guide (updated April 2015)
Compatible OS Windows
Most Useful for
  • Computing general landscape metrics
  • Flexibility in defining and scaling landscapes
Data Requirements Landscape grid (raster)