How to turn a USGS map or satellite photos into vector data? A couple of links, and some questions.
Back when Adam Golding and I prototyped Probability Mapper we already had an algorithm that could give the probability based on distance, terrain, vegetation, and other factors. But we were working with raster images, so we only had distance. If you had vector layers for terrain & vegetation, you'd be set.
~Originally 9 June 2008
Don Ferguson's paper shows how they used ESRI GIS software on an actual search. Obviously he's developed some SAR-specific layers. Imagine if the probability map could be auto-generated...
Yes, I'm getting in touch with him.