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This cultural resource indicator measures both the natural condition and connected length of greenways and trails to characterize the quality of the recreational experience. Natural condition is based on the amount of impervious surface surrounding the path. Connected length captures how far a person can go without leaving a dedicated path, based on common distances for walking, running, and biking.Reason for SelectionThis indicator captures the recreational value and opportunities to connect with nature provided by greenways and trails. Greenways and trails provide many well-established social and economic benefits (ITRE 2018).Monitoring ApproachLocations of greenways and trails are regularly updated through the...
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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Inland HubsThese are the hubs used in the Linkage Mapper-based connectivity analysis for the inland portion of the South Atlantic area in Blueprint 2020.Input Data Rebalanced ecosystem integrity scores for each inland subregion The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Resilient Land Project TNC’s Secured Lands Database (External Eastern Division 2018)Mapping Steps Rebalanced ecosystem integrity scores for each inland subregion were mosaiced together into one raster. Areas in the highest scoring 10% of the inland 2020 South Atlantic Blueprint extent (based on ecosystem integrity scores) were identified as potential hubs. Outside of the 2020 South Atlantic Blueprint extent, we used local connectedness from TNC’s Resilient Land...
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...
Project Objective: To provide science support, specifically conservation decision modeling expertise, to the SALCC team developing the regional conservation “blueprint.”Methods: A postdoctoral research associate (postdoc) will be hired to collaborate with the SALCC as they develop first a prototype Blueprint Version 1.0 and then update to Version 1.1. The postdoc’s project is envisioned to encompass three primary stages:Orientation and Version 1.0 Development: While SALCC leads the development of Version 1.0, the postdoc will attend the Blueprint workshops, contribute ideas and alternative design options, assist with the production of Blueprint Version 1.0. In addition to becoming oriented to the project and the...
This pilot project will assist the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) identify issues dealing with the integration of natural and cultural resource sustainability and recommend optimal strategies for solving impacts associated with landscape stressors like climate change, invasive species, water scarcity, and habitat fragmentation. The goal of this project will be to provide the SALCC an action plan for use in future efforts to integrate optimal sustainability strategies for natural and cultural resources. The project will identify areas of overlap and disjunction between optimal methods of natural resource sustainability and cultural resource sustainability. Within this framework, cultural...
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This indicator is a continuous index of dolphin and whale density based on monthly density predictions for ten species of cetaceans and yearly density predictions for three rarer cetacean species. Note: This indicator is at a 200 m resolution, which is coarser than other indicators used in the 2020 Blueprint.Reason for SelectionMarine mammals help identify key areas of ocean productivity and overall ocean health, are regularly monitored, and resonate with a variety of audiences. Marine mammals are often used as ocean health indicators due to their long life spans, feeding at a high trophic levels, and large blubber stores that can serve as repositories for anthropogenic chemicals and toxins (Bossart 2011).Input...
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, BIOSPHERE, BIOSPHERE, All tags...
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This indicator is an index capturing how far upstream migratory fish have been observed. It also includes adjacent areas where habitat access could be restored through fish passage and hydrological barrier removal efforts.Reason for SelectionMigratory fish presence reflects uninterrupted connections between freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems. Aquatic connectivity benefits diadromous fish and is considered a high priority for the integrity of aquatic ecosystems.Input Data– Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP)– Watershed Boundary Dataset (September 2015 release)– Estimated Floodplain Map of the Conterminous U.S. from the EPA EnviroAtlas (see this factsheet for more information)Mapping...
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...
The purpose of this project is to support the development and refinement of the Conservation Blueprint (v 2.0) by:1) Supporting the sharing and creation of geospatial data related to the Blueprint through South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) maintenance and creation of Service Definition files to upload; modify symbology in ArcMap; copying and updating metadata; loading data onto the Landscape Conservation Map and linking it to the CPA; monitoring the data site to check forbroken links; responding to questions about the CPA; locating data and organizing metadata by receiving and reviewing data from project leaders and update metadata; and perfom1ing basicGIS analyses including rerunning ArcGIS models...
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 second iteration of the Blueprint, Version 2.0, was released in July 2015. It was a completely data-driven plan based on ecosystem indicator models for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments, as well as a connectivity analysis. Blueprint 2.0 used a 200 m spatial scale. With Version 2.0, the total number of people actively involved in developing the Blueprint grew to more than 400 individuals from over 100 organizations.
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2015, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Academics & scientific researchers, Applications and Tools, All tags...
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This indicator represents the amount of overall acres of forested wetlands currently present in the South Atlantic geography.Reason for SelectionOverall acreage of existing forested wetlands provides an indicator of whether forested wetlands being inundated by sea level rise are being replaced or restored somewhere else. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences.Input Data– 2016 National Land Cover Database (NLCD)Mapping StepsAny pixels identified as “woody wetlands” in the 2016 NLCD were considered existing forested wetland.Final indicator valuesIndicator values were assigned as follows:1 = Forested wetlandDisclaimer: Comparing with Older Indicator VersionsThere are numerous problems...
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...
This project includes the following tasks: Update the viewer to add the following components from future Blueprint versions and data products: a) Update Blueprint priority layer with future versions, and b) Update indicator charting at level of individual indicators and ecosystems. Develop pixel-level filtering feature: a) Build a user interface to allow users to filter the Blueprint by indicator value, and b) Set up appropriate computing resources, including cloud-hosted virtual machine and software installation. Scope and develop mobile responsive design: a) Investigate and develop strategy to incorporate mobile capability into the Simple Viewer, and b) Build compatible mobile responsive interface. Investigate...
Marshes are a critical habitat for a diversity of fauna and the ecological functioning of the coast. Despite their renowned vulnerability, uncertainty of wetland responses to sea-level rise remains a pervasive concern in coastal science and management, particularly for coastal resource conservation and climate change adaptation. Inventorying and mapping marsh dynamics have emerged as high priorities for assessing regional vulnerability to sea-level rise, requiring synthesis of existing marsh habitat maps, improved methodology for their continual monitoring, and assessment of their vulnerability with modeling and analysis. Multispectral remote sensing (balloon-, airplane- and satellite-based), LiDAR, NWI wetland...
The South Atlantic LCC website’s project section will be updated to feature an interactive listing of related projects. Users will be able to browse a full listing, filter on the fly by selecting relevant tags or entering search terms, and view details of individual projects. The applications development will take place against the existing SALCC database in Zoho Creator and the interface will be displayed on the existing southatlanticlcc.org Ning site.
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The proposed project focuses upon two major goals:1. Designate Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) in the South Atlantic Landscape, and develop an adaptive management plan for those areas.2. Determine whether PARCAs provide an effective strategy for integrated, long-term conservation of biodiversity and cultural resources in the South Atlantic Landscape; and develop a comprehensive biodiversity protection plan for the SALCC.To achieve these goals, we have identified the following objectives:Objective 1. Identify areas within the SALCC that are vitally important to preserving the rich diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the region, focusing upon rare species distribution, diversity, and...
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This indicator is an index of habitat suitability for three pine bird species based on observational data and predictive models.Reason for SelectionThis species index represents the structure and function of pine ecosystems in the Southeast. The presence of all three species indicates high pine ecosystem quality.Input Data– Blueprint 2.1 ecosystem map (see Appendix A)–The distribution of red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus), and Bachman’s sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis) are included in the index.Northern BobwhiteTo model the distribution of bobwhite, the National Bobwhite Technical Committee used an extensive series of initial and revision workshops, where a multitude...
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 depicts an area’s ability to continue supporting species diversity and ecosystem function in the face of climate change. It measures landscape diversity (topographic complexity) and local connectedness (connected natural landcover). Complex and connected sites are considered resilient because they contain many different microclimates and allow species to move to adjust to changing conditions.Reason for SelectionResilience scores quantify a combination of landscape diversity and local connectedness, stratified by geophysical setting and ecoregion. These measures represent the number of microclimates available to species and the current state of the landscape. This builds on research from Anderson and...
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This indicator represents the overall acres of maritime forest currently present in the South Atlantic geography. Reason for Selection Overall acreage of existing maritime forest provides an indicator of whether maritime forest being inundated by sea level rise is being replaced or restored somewhere else. Since maritime forest has been substantially reduced from its historic extent, protecting the remaining acreage of existing maritime forest is important. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences. Input Data Maritime forest distribution was obtained from each state: – VA: Berman, M.R. and H. Berquist, 2007. Coastal Maritime Forests in Virginia - Delineation and Distribution. Final report...
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...
The purpose of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) is to inform the management of natural and cultural heritage resources in response to shifts in climate, habitat fragmentation and loss, and other landscape level challenges. The South Atlantic LCC’s mission is to “create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources” (South Atlantic LCC 2014) and to this end, has contracted with the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) to release the first version of the Conservation Blueprint using the Data Basin (databasin.org) platform. The South Atlantic LCC seeks to iteratively refine the Conservation Blueprint and release future versions as necessary to achieve their...
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This indicator is an index of fire-maintained, open canopy habitat. It attempts to capture previous fire in the pine ecosystem by using LANDFIRE data (1999-2010) as a proxy for regularly burned habitat.Reason for SelectionThis indicator represents the overall structure and condition of the habitat, is regularly monitored, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners.Input Data– Data from the LANDFIRE program (also known as the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) were used to quantify fire distribution. LANDFIRE is a cooperative project from The Nature Conservancy, the USDA Forest Service, Department of the Interior, and other agencies. Specifically, vegetation disturbance data for 1999–2010...
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 captures the overall acres of freshwater and saltwater marsh currently present in the South Atlantic geography.Reason for SelectionOverall acreage of existing freshwater and saltwater marsh provides an indicator of whether marsh being inundated by sea level rise is being replaced or restored somewhere else. It is also well monitored and resonates with a diversity of audiences.Input Data– 2016 National Land Cover Database (2016 NLCD)Mapping StepsPixels identified as “emergent herbaceous wetlands” in the 2016 NLCD were considered existing marsh.Final indicator valuesIndicator values were assigned as follows:1 = Freshwater or saltwater marshDisclaimer: Comparing with Older Indicator VersionsThere are...
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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The Blueprint 2020 Data Gallery is a website dedicated to the Blueprint 2020 spatial data. This website is located on the South Atlantic Blueprint Atlas. On this website, users can explore the Blueprint 2020 spatial data as well as the spatial data used to create Blueprint 2020. This website features an interactive mapping feature so that users who do not have access to desktop GIS can explore the spatial data.


map background search result map search result map South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint interactive viewer Indicator: Marine Mammals Synthesis of high and low marsh habitat mapping, vulnerability and responses to sea-level rise in the South Atlantic region Determining Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas in the South Atlantic landscape, and assessing their efficacy for cross-taxa conservation Web application for South Atlantic LCC projects Improve viewer for South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 and 2.2 South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.0 Collaborative conservation design project: Science support for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Conservation Blueprint (Version 1.0) Collaborative conservation design project: Science support for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Conservation Blueprint (Version 2.0-2.2) Blueprint 2020 Data Gallery Indicator: Maritime Forest Extent Indicator: Migratory Fish Connectivity Indicator: Forested Wetland Extent Indicator: Greenways and Trails Indicator: Resilient Terrestrial Sites Indicator: Marsh Extent Indicator: Pine Birds Indicator: Previously Burned Pine Habitat Corridors 2020 Synthesis of high and low marsh habitat mapping, vulnerability and responses to sea-level rise in the South Atlantic region South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint interactive viewer Web application for South Atlantic LCC projects Improve viewer for South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 and 2.2 South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.0 Collaborative conservation design project: Science support for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Conservation Blueprint (Version 1.0) Collaborative conservation design project: Science support for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Conservation Blueprint (Version 2.0-2.2) Blueprint 2020 Data Gallery Determining Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas in the South Atlantic landscape, and assessing their efficacy for cross-taxa conservation Indicator: Maritime Forest Extent Indicator: Migratory Fish Connectivity Indicator: Forested Wetland Extent Indicator: Greenways and Trails Indicator: Resilient Terrestrial Sites Indicator: Marsh Extent Indicator: Pine Birds Indicator: Previously Burned Pine Habitat Corridors 2020 Indicator: Marine Mammals