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We propose to support the revision and implementation of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s Conservation Blueprint by integrating its Ecosystem Indicators into a structured decision support system that makes explicit how the Indicators are interrelated and how these will respond to management and policy interventions aimed at improving the conservation status of the South Atlantic region. Our specific objectives are to (1) develop ecological production functions that predict theecological impacts of selected conservation actions relative to current conditions, and to propagate these impacts through other affected systems or functions; (2) codify protocols for updating and curating geospatial...
We will develop SMART-SLEUTH, an advanced spatially explicit modeling framework designed to augment the current SLEUTH model with sophisticated smart-growth capabilities. Based on the latest version of SLEUTH, we will create an open-source GIS-enabled software package that will implement SMART-SLEUTH with advanced modules and tools for evaluating, predicting, and visualizing smart growth scenarios and outcomes. In this software package, a more user friendly Graphic User Interface (GUI), a multi-level automatic calibration approach built on machine learning algorithms, and new spatial landscape metrics for quantifying land change patterns will provide enhanced support for complex model configuration, calibration,...
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This cultural resource indicator is an index of sites on the National Register of Historic Places surrounded by limited urban development. It identifies significant historic places that remain connected to their context in the natural world.Reason for SelectionLow-urban historic landscapes indicate significant cultural landscapes whose cultural context has been less impacted by urban growth. Cultural landscapes are “properties [that] represent the combined works of nature and of man” (UNESCO 2012). Reductions in natural habitat within these cultural landscapes reduce their overall historic and cultural value.Input DataThe National Register of Historic Places reflects what Americans value in their historic built...
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This indicator is an index of habitat suitability for twelve upland hardwood and forested wetland bird species based on patch size and other ecosystem characteristics such as proximity to water and proximity to forest and ecotone edge.Reason for SelectionThis index represents a variety of ecosystem features and is already being modeled and monitored for the entire region by the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. The needs of these forest bird species are increasingly restrictive at higher index values, reflecting better quality habitat.Input Data– Southeast GAP species models:Chuck-will’s widow (bCWWI)Red-headed woodpecker (bRHWO)Wood Thrush (bWOTH)Whip-poor-will (bWPWI)American Woodcock (bAMWO)Hooded Warbler (bHOWA)Kentucky...
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This indicator is a continuous index of highly productive areas for birds that feed exclusively or mainly at sea. It uses seasonal predictions of relative abundance for sixteen species of marine birds. Note: This indicator is at a 200 m resolution, which is coarser than other indicators used in the 2020 Blueprint.Reason for SelectionMarine birds help identify key areas of ocean productivity and overall ocean health, are regularly monitored, and resonate with a variety of audiences. This indicator complements the marine mammal index by providing finer spatial resolution and stronger connections to forage fish productivity.Input Data– Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem map (see Appendix A)– Potential species to include in this...
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This indicator measures the number of aquatic species within each watershed that are listed as G1 (globally critically imperiled), G2 (globally imperiled), or threatened/endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.Reason for SelectionThis indicator identifies areas with abundant rare and endemic aquatic species that would benefit from conservation actions. It captures patterns of rare and endemic species diversity not well-represented by other freshwater indicators.Input Data– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)– [National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2] (http://www.horizon-systems.com/NHDPlus/NHDPlusV2_home.php) (NHD Plus...
This project seeks to develop a tool that strategically identifies priority areas for land protection. This is a pilot study to assess the extent of taxa that contain adequate genetic sampling within the south Atlantic ecoregion for characterization of intraspecific genetic variation. We seek to use genetic data from multiple taxa coupled with GIS data to provide a genetic landscape from which geographic patterns of intraspecific genetic diversity will be inferred. Joint analyses of the resulting genetic landscapes will be used to identify geographic areas where multiple species show atypical patterns of interpopulation divergence or intrapopulation diversity (i.e., a hotspot of high biological value). We will then...
The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies shared conservation priorities across the South Atlantic region. The first Blueprint, Version 1.0, was released in March 2014. Blueprint 1.0 was based on a combination of expert input and partner plans and used a spatial scale of HUC-12 subwatersheds in the terrestrial environment and outer continental shelf lease blocks in the marine environment. More than 300 people from 85 organizations were actively involved in developing this version of the Blueprint.
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2014, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Academics & scientific researchers, Applications and Tools, All tags...
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This indicator is a continuous index that measures the percent of non-impervious cover by catchment.Reason for SelectionImpervious cover is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners. It is also strongly linked to water quality, estuary condition, eutrophication, and freshwater inflow (Schueler et al. 2009, Wenger et al. 2008, Uphoff et al. 2011).Input Data– 2016 National Land Cover Database: Percent developed imperviousness– National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 (NHD Plus Version 2)Mapping Steps1) We calculated percent impervious for each NHD Plus catchment using the NLCD 2016 impervious surface layer and the ArcGIS Zonal Statistics as Table tool.2) We converted percent...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
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This indicator draws from the Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs), an expert-driven, nonregulatory designation that captures places capable of supporting viable amphibian and reptile populations.Reason for SelectionReptiles and amphibians provide an indicator of the condition and arrangement of embedded isolated wetlands.Input DataSouth Atlantic Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) served as input data for this indicator. PARCA is a nonregulatory designation established to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation partners to benefit amphibians and/or reptiles. Areas are nominated using scientific criteria and expert review, drawing...
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This indicator is a continuous index that measures the amount of natural landcover in the estimated floodplain, by catchment.Reason for SelectionHabitat near rivers and streams is strongly linked to water quality and instream flow (Naiman 1997), is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners. These buffers provide a “front line defense” for aquatic systems.Input Data– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)– 2016 National Land Cover Database (NLCD)– National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 (NHD Plus Version 2)Mapping Steps1) We used the EPA estimated floodplain layer to estimate riparian buffers.2)...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
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This indicator represents the size of large, unfragmented patches of natural habitat. It identifies minimally disturbed natural areas at least 100 acres in size and greater than 200 meters wide.Reason for SelectionLarge areas of intact natural habitat are favorable for conservation of numerous species, including reptiles and amphibians, birds, and large mammals. The Esri Green Infrastructure data covers the entire United States and has been used in other broad-scale conservation planning efforts, so using this existing data helps align the Blueprint with other conservation efforts and reduce duplication of effort. We chose to use “Core Size (acres)” as the metric for this indicator. Other evaluation attributes included...
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This indicator depicts the ability of coastal habitats to migrate to adjacent lowlands in order to sustain biodiversity and natural services under increasing inundation from sea-level rise. It is based on the physical and condition characteristics of current tidal complexes, their predicted migration space, and surrounding buffer areas. These characteristics include marsh complex size, shared edge with migration space, sediment balance, water quality, natural landcover, landform diversity, and many others.Reason for SelectionThe resilient coastal sites indicator seeks to capture features of salt marshes that are important for salt marsh species and ecosystem function both now and in the future. Many of these characteristics,...
FWS and USGS will collaborate to improve the decision science foundation of the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint prioritizes areas for shared conservation action in the South Atlantic geography. Priorities in Blueprint 2.0 are driven by natural and cultural resource indicator models and a connectivity analysis.The Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan for sustaining natural and cultural resources in the face of future change. More than 400 people from over 100 organizations have actively participated so far in developing the Blueprint.
The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies shared conservation priorities across the South Atlantic region. The third iteration of the Blueprint, Version 2.1, was released in August 2016. It used comparable methods and the same spatial scale as Blueprint 2.0, just incorporating updated information for many of the indicators. Version 2.1 was a completely data-driven plan based on ecosystem indicator models for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments, as well as a connectivity analysis. It used a 200 m spatial scale. More than 400 people from 100 organizations participated in the development of the Blueprint...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2016, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Academics & scientific researchers, Applications and Tools, All tags...
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This data is the Missouri River Basin subset of the National Anthropogenic Barrier Dataset (NABD) 2012 developed by USGS additional gauge data may exist in this dataset. Please refer to the complete dataset for use in other projects. A copy can be found at:https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/56a7f9dce4b0b28f1184dabdThe follow is metadata from the source data:The main objective of this project was to develop a dataset of large, anthropogenic barriers that are spatially linked to the National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 1 (NHDPlusV1) for the conterminous U.S. and the high resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for Alaska (1:63,000 scale) and Hawaii (1:24,000 scale) to facilitate GIS analyses based...
Categories: Data; Types: Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service, Shapefile; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, Climate Change, Climate Change, Colorado, Colorado, All tags...
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This cultural resource indicator is an index specific to urban areas that identifies both current and potential future open space based on the distance of undeveloped areas to existing protected lands. It is intended to capture equitable access to open space for urban residents.Reason for SelectionProtected natural areas in urban environments provide urban residents a nearby place to connect with nature, and offer refugia for some species. This indicator is easily modeled and monitored, and is widely understood by diverse partners.Input Data– 2016 National Land Cover Database(NLCD)– The Nature Conservancy’s 2018 External Secured Lands Database– 2010 Census Urban Area NationalMapping Steps1) Protected areas were...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
This project involved developing a new design for the South Atlantic LCC website (including development of new code and graphics/images as needed) and designing a factsheet template, an online newsletter template, a powerpoint template, and small info cards based on the modern website redesign. The project initially specified the Ning 3.0 platform, which changed to WordPress when Ning stopped supporting upgrades to Version 3.0.
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This indicator depicts the number of different stream size classes in a river network not separated by large dams. Reason for Selection River networks with a variety of connected stream classes help retain aquatic biodiversity in a changing climate by allowing species to access climate refugia and move between habitats. Input Data – Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information) – Other input for this indicator was provided by the Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP). SEACAP identifies this metric within the category of “size/system type”. It measures the number different stream size classes in each functional network. To...
Categories: Data; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...


map background search result map search result map Stream Barriers for the Missouri River Basin Models of ecological uplift from conservation activities in the SALCC Indicator: Marine Birds Identifying priority areas for land protection in the South Atlantic: a landscape genetics pilot study South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0 South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 Blueprint 2020 Data Download Indicator: Network Complexity Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Riparian Buffers Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Urban Open Space Indicator: Forest Birds Indicator: Resilient Coastal Sites Models of ecological uplift from conservation activities in the SALCC Identifying priority areas for land protection in the South Atlantic: a landscape genetics pilot study South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 1.0 South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 Blueprint 2020 Data Download Indicator: Network Complexity Indicator: Permeable Surface Indicator: Imperiled Aquatic Species Indicator: Riparian Buffers Indicator: Amphibian and Reptile Areas Indicator: Intact Habitat Cores Indicator: Low Urban Historic Indicator: Urban Open Space Indicator: Forest Birds Indicator: Resilient Coastal Sites Indicator: Marine Birds Stream Barriers for the Missouri River Basin