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Geodiversity Linkages Between Alaska's Federal Conservation Estate


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LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Dawn Magness(Principal Investigator), 2015-01-01(creation), Geodiversity Linkages Between Alaska's Federal Conservation Estate


The geodiversity approach uses topography to define landscape features. Topography can be a proxy for ecological function. For example, topography influences the solar radiation available for plants and animals, the soil characteristics through the likelihood for erosion and deposition, and the characteristics of hydrologic features. Therefore, similar geodiversity types should have the potential for similar ecological function even as the climate changes. We classified the landscape into three topographic feature categories: canyons, ridges, and slopes. Each topographic feature was then clustered into distinct geodiversity types. Slopes were clustered into groups using elevation, slope angle, and yearly solar radiation. Solar radiation [...]

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valueModel landscape connectivity through the most efficient, but permeable paths for moving between the contiguous areas of each geodiversity type were identified by modelling the path of least resistance.

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