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Compilation and Assessment of Resource Values and Hazards to Inform Transportation and Associated Land-use Planning


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Manier, D.J, and O'Donnell, M.S., 2018, Compilation and Assessment of Resource Values and Hazards to Inform Transportation and Associated Land-use Planning: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Management of transportation networks is affected by, and has effects on, natural and cultural resources through direct and indirect interactions. Until recently, the availability of such spatially explicit information has been limited; however, the data released here to the public will prove valuable for comparing existing networks and planning options with respect to potential impact to, or from, environmental factors across broad areas, for example, States and Agency Planning Regions. Integrated network and resource analyses can provide insights into potential construction and maintenance costs as well as safety risks and environmental impacts during project planning and assessment. A cooperative project was created by an agreement [...]

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Point of Contact :
Southwest Region
Originator :
Daniel J Manier, Michael O'Donnell
Metadata Contact :
Michael O'Donnell
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
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SDC Data Owner :
Fort Collins Science Center
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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The data provided here were created for Land-Use and Transportation Planners in State and Federal agencies working to combine transportation network information (for example, roads, railroads, and public right-of-ways) with social priorities (for example, population centers, industrial areas, recreation areas, and conservation areas), natural resource values (for example, sensitive or protected species and habitats, and important hydrologic resources) and natural hazards (for example, flood and sinkhole potential) in the planning process. In combination, these data allow consideration of potential interactions between road networks, societal values and natural resources which may impact development and maintenance costs, efficiency, safety and traveler’s satisfaction as well as the condition of valued cultural and natural resources. These data products may also provide content for other landscape assessments, such as, sensitivity and risk analyses, population distribution modeling, habitat modeling, and habitat connectivity. To support these applications, we compiled extensive data from primary sources documenting potential species distributions, and locations of terrestrial, aquatic and wetland habitats, historic and cultural features, and potential environmental hazards. Using nested series of algorithms, sources were combined into metrics (indices) incrementally resulting in sub-indices representing different levels of information aggregation; for example, species distributions, habitat distributions, and protected areas were aggregated separately, then combined into a final index. Based on this structure, we provide the ability to assess multiple factors simultaneously and also preserve the ability to identify the source(s) contributing to index scores and (or) select particular features (sources) or combinations (sub-indices) as required for different applications. Source and derived data provided here directly contributed to generation of one, or more, of the multiple factor indices.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7MW2F8W

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