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Median Estimates of Impact Potential from Geothermal Energy Production Activities on Greater Sage-Grouse Populations in Nevada and California (2022)

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2022

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Prochazka, B.G., O'Neil, S.T., Coates, P.S., and Chenaille, M.P., 2022, Median estimates of impact potential from geothermal energy production activities on greater sage-grouse populations in Nevada and California (2022): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9OLC725.

Summary

These data are the result of an intersection between a surface representing the delta-finite rate of population change and another surface representing Greater Sage-grouse abundance and space-use. It was used to rank candidate sites according to greatest potential impact to Greater Sage-grouse populations resulting from the presence of geothermal energy activity. In 2022, candidate geothermal sites were identified in Nevada and eastern California, then buffered by 10 kilometers. While the extent of the overall raster layer encompasses a very large swath of the western US, data values are limited to fall within these 10 kilometer buffers. These data support the following publications: Coates, P.S., Prochazka, B.G., O’Neil, S.T., Webster, [...]

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Purpose

Increased demand for domestic production of renewable energy has led to expansion of energy infrastructure across western North America. Much of the western U.S. comprises remote landscapes that are home to a variety of vegetation communities and wildlife species, including the imperiled sagebrush ecosystem and indicator species such as Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Impacts of renewable energy development on wildlife populations are generally poorly understood. Geothermal sources in particular have potential for continued development across the western U.S. but impacts to sage-grouse and other species are unknown.

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