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The primary objective of the research is to develop a rule-based decision support system to predict the relative vulnerability of nearshore species to climate change. The approach is designed to be applicable to fishes and invertebrates with limited data by predicting risk from readily avialable data, including species’ biogeographic distributions and natural history attributes. By evaluating multiple species and climate stressors, the approach allows an assessment of climate vulnerability acorss habitat types and the impact of specific climate alterations as well as their cumulative impact. A website with a rule-based application for rockfish and crabs is availalble at http://cbrat.org/.
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Habitat loss and degradation due to urban expansion and other human activities have raised concerns for the Western Gulf Coast Mottled Duck population. This species relies on tidal, palustrine, and agricultural wetlands as well as grasslands for all of its life cycle needs. The disappearance of suitable nesting and brood-rearing habitat is believed to be the primary factor associated with long-term population decline of the mottled duck. One of the first science projects initiated by the GCP LCC was development of a spatially-explicit Decision Support Tool (DST) to help guide conservation and management of habitat for breeding Mottled Ducks in coastal Louisiana and Texas. An important next step is evaluating the...
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Alligator Gar, Atractosteus spatula, is an iconic species native to lowland floodplain river systems where they play an important role as top predators and by linking landscapes through their movement. Alligator Gar is also an important native fisheries species in the Trinity River. Disruption of river-floodplain connectivity is implicated in declining populations of Alligator Gar across much of its range. Successful management and conservation of Alligator Gar populations will be aided by an understanding of the relationship between flow and recruitment, particularly the availability and suitability of off-channel habitats utilized by this species for reproduction.
Full life-cycle vulnerability assessments are identifying the effects of climate change on nongame migratory birds that are of conservation concern and breed in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Full life-cycle analyses are critical, as current efforts likely underestimate the vulnerability of migratory land birds due to a focus on assessing only one component of the annual cycle. The approach provides a framework for integrating exposure to climate changes, sensitivity to these changes, and the potential for adaptation in both winter and summer seasons, and accounts for carry-over effects from one season to another. The results of this work will inform regional management by highlighting both local and...
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The Midwestern Region is dominated by intensive agricultural production, primarily corn and soybeans. Economic pressures result in optimizing acreage planted and may place pressure on producers to resign not enroll in conservation programs. At issue is the balance between ecosystem services provided by acres in conservation programs and those in agricultural production. Intensive agricultural production (e.g., high levels of fertilizers) in this region are major contributors to Gulf hypoxia (i.e., reduced levels of ecosystem services) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Researchers in the Human Dimensions Research Program at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), through a grant provided by the Illinois Department...
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Estimates of nutrient loading to the Gulf of Mexico indicate that nine states within the Mississippi River Basin are responsible for approximately 75% of all nitrogen and phosphorus delivered to the Gulf. The Mississippi Basin also supports a rich assemblage of fish species; at least 25% of all species in the conterminous United States are found in the Basin. These assemblages reflect their habitats, human landscape disturbances, and fragmentation of the river network by dams. Climate also has close associations with aquatic habitat conditions and ultimately fish community composition. Climate change is anticipated to lead to additional changes in stream habitats, including changing thermal properties and flow regimes....
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Estimates of nutrient loading to the Gulf of Mexico indicate that nine states within the Mississippi River Basin are responsible for approximately 75% of all nitrogen and phosphorus delivered to the Gulf. The Mississippi Basin supports a rich assemblage of fish species; at least 25% of all species in the conterminous United States are found in the Basin. These assemblages reflect their habitats, human landscape disturbances, and fragmentation of the river network by dams. Climate also has close associations with aquatic habitat conditions and ultimately fish community composition. Climate change is anticipated to lead to additional changes in stream habitats, including changing thermal properties and flow regimes....
Climate change poses major challenges for conservation and management because it alters the area, quality, and spatial distribution of habitat for natural populations. To assess species’ vulnerability to climate change and target ongoing conservation investments, researchers and managers often consider the effects of projected changes in climate and land use on future habitat availability and quality and the uncertainty associated with these projections. Here, we draw on tools from hydrology and climate science to project the impact of climate change on the density of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of the USA, a critical area for breeding waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. We evaluate the potential...
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This dataset represents the soil water storage capacity (AWS in mm at 1.0 m depth) from SSURGO and STATSGO soil descriptions for soil map units in the state of western Washington that lie within the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Available Water Storage 0-100 cm - Weighted Average (centimeters). Available water storage (AWS). The volume of water that the soil, to a depth of 100 centimeters, can store that is available to plants. It is reported as the weighted average of all components in the map unit, and is expressed as centimeters of water. AWS is calculated from AWC (available water capacity) which is commonly estimated as the difference between the water contents at 1/10 or 1/3 bar (field...
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Grassland priority conservation areas (GPCAs) within North America's Central Grasslands identified by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. GPCAs are defined as areas of tri-national importance due to their ecological significance and threatened nature, which are in need of international cooperation for their successful conservation.
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Mississippi River Basin Gridded SSURGO potential wetland soil landscapes (PWSL version 1) - the percentage of the map unit (all components) that meet the criteria for a potential wetland soil landscape. For version 1 (pwsl1), those soil components that meet the following criteria are tagged as PWSL and their comppct_r values are summed for each map unit. Soil components with hydricrating = 'YES' are considered PWSL. Soil components with hydricrating = “NO” are not PWSL. Soil components with hydricrating = 'UNRANKED' are tested using other attributes, and will be considered PWSL if any of the following conditions are met: drainagecl = 'Poorly drained' or 'Very poorly drained' or the localphase or the otherph data...
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Annual raster-based maps of LULC conditions for the years 1938 to1992 were created based on information on historical patterns and prescriptions of LULC change. The intent of these historical LULC projections was not to recreate exact past LULC conditions, but to provide useful maps of simulated historical land-cover for use in secondary analysis. The baseline LULC condition was derived from a modified version of the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset (http://www.epa.gov/mrlc/nlcd.html). Historic data and others were used to guide a spatially explicit (FOREcasting SCEnarios of land-cover change) land-cover forecasting model in allocating LULC change distributions on the landscape, based on logistic regression analysis...
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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...
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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.
Develop a thorough analysis of the current policies, mandates, institutional relationships and practices that affect decisions and actions by conservation entities in Hawai’i regarding climate change adaptation, and recommendations for potential improvements.
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This dataset covers the northern half of the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. It was aggregated and converted to raster by Conservation Biology Institute as part of a soil vulnerability study funded in part by the Southern Rockies LCC. The soil data come from a digital soil survey, the most detailed level of soil geographic data developed by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. The information was prepared by digitizing maps, by compiling information onto a planimetric correct base and digitizing, or by revising digitized maps using remotely sensed and other information. This data set consists of georeferenced digital map data and computerized attribute data. The map data are in a soil survey...


map background search result map search result map Soil order for the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative - North Soil water storage capacity (AWS in mm at 1.0 m depth) for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative- western Washington, USA Toward a Comparative Understanding of Agriculture Producer's and Non-producer's Perceptions of Ecosystem Services and Gulf Hypoxia Evaluation and Refinement of a Decision Support Tool for Mottled Duck Habitat Conservation in the Western Gulf Coast Quantification of Alligator Gar Recruitment Dynamics Using a River-Stage Specific Floodplain Inundation Model Priority HUC-12 Watersheds - State Nutrient Reduction Strategies (GHTF) Grazing Production Region Grassland Priority Conservation Areas (CEC) Gridded SSURGO - Potential Wetland Soil Landscapes Indiana Special Projects and Initiatives - FY2106 Opportunity Landscapes - Drainage Water Management Web application for South Atlantic LCC projects Improve viewer for South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 and 2.2 CBRAT - Coastal Biodiversity Risk Analysis Tool Website Current condition of stream fish habitats throughout the Mississippi River Basin Climate models  for streams in the Mississippi River Basin USGS Historic LULC (1938,1968,1988) - Miss. River Basin Indiana Special Projects and Initiatives - FY2106 Quantification of Alligator Gar Recruitment Dynamics Using a River-Stage Specific Floodplain Inundation Model Soil water storage capacity (AWS in mm at 1.0 m depth) for the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative- western Washington, USA Toward a Comparative Understanding of Agriculture Producer's and Non-producer's Perceptions of Ecosystem Services and Gulf Hypoxia Evaluation and Refinement of a Decision Support Tool for Mottled Duck Habitat Conservation in the Western Gulf Coast Soil order for the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative - North Web application for South Atlantic LCC projects Improve viewer for South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Version 2.1 and 2.2 Priority HUC-12 Watersheds - State Nutrient Reduction Strategies (GHTF) Grassland Priority Conservation Areas (CEC) Current condition of stream fish habitats throughout the Mississippi River Basin Climate models  for streams in the Mississippi River Basin CBRAT - Coastal Biodiversity Risk Analysis Tool Website Grazing Production Region Gridded SSURGO - Potential Wetland Soil Landscapes Opportunity Landscapes - Drainage Water Management USGS Historic LULC (1938,1968,1988) - Miss. River Basin