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Landscape-scale wildlife species richness metrics

Data for journal manuscript: Landscape-scale wildlife species richness metrics to inform wind and solar energy facility siting: An Arizona case study


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Thomas, K.A., Jarchow, C.J., and Jamwal, P., 2018, Landscape-scale wildlife species richness metrics: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These raster data represent the results of a case study in Arizona on how vertebrate richness metrics can be used with existing state and federal guidance in wind and solar energy facility siting. Each of the four geodatabases (see Cross References) contain eight native terrestrial wildlife group models in Arizona: 1) all vertebrates, 2) amphibians, 3) reptiles, 4) birds, 5) mammals, 6) bats, 7) raptors and 8) long-distant migratory birds. An XML workbook is included that lists all terrestrial native vertebrate species in Arizona which cross-walks these species to the name of the National Gap Analysis Project species distribution model.


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BLM and High 30.47 MB
GAP 24.36 KB
Richness by Standard 236.77 MB
1.1 GB
SHCG Low and High 63.88 MB


These data support a journal paper illustrating how publically available National Gap Analysis Project species distribution models could be used to create wildlife species richness metrics and how these metrics could be used to inform energy development siting decisions.


The authors of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F70C4V08

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