Multiple ring buffers

To create multiple ring buffers (Fig. 30):

  1. Type “buffer” into the Search window (or browse to Analysis Tools > Proximity > Multiple Ring Buffer in the ArcToolbox).
  2. Select the Multiple Ring Buffer (Analysis) tool.
  3. Input features will be the colony locations: colony_locations.
  4. Create a new output feature class: multi_buffers.shp.
  5. Type “100”.
  6. Click the plus sign (+).
  7. Do the same for 200, 300, 400, 500, and 1000 m.
  8. Choose the buffer unit (meters in this case).
  9. Keep the field name of “distance” for the new attribute table of the multiple buffer layer.
  10. Keep the default for the dissolve option, otherwise all buffers will be aggregated to one single feature without the different attributes (see section 6.5.7. for more information about Dissolve).
  11. Click OK.

The results show the multiple buffers created surrounding the points (Fig. 31).

Fig. 30. The dialog box of the Multiple Ring Buffer tool.


Fig. 31.
The resulting multiple ring buffers in 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 1000m increments around the colony locations.