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BASINS Climate Assessment Tool (CAT)

US EPA’s BASINS can be used to assess the coupled effects of climate and land use change, and to guide the development of effective management responses.

Benthic Cover Data

Benthic cover data captures the location, extent, general character, and spatial relationships of biological communities in shallow nearshore areas. These data are useful for conservation planning, marine protected area sighting, and environmental monitoring by serving as a baseline for assessing potential climate change impacts to benthic environments.

Coastal Lidar

LIDAR —Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. Coastal Lidar reflects elevation information, which is a primary data consideration for management activities in the coastal zone, including conservation.

Gap Analysis Project (GAP) Land Cover Data

The USGS GAP Land Cover Data Set includes detailed vegetation and land use patterns for the continental United States. The data set incorporates the Ecological System classification system developed by NatureServe to represent natural and semi-natural land cover.

Habitat Priority Planner (HPP)

Habitat Priority Planner (HPP) is a geographic information system (GIS) tool for identifying and prioritizing areas for conservation, restoration and land use planning. The tool can be used in conjunction with climate change data to assess potential impacts on fragmentation/connectivity and prioritize areas for conservation based on those impacts.

Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) GIS Tool

Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) GIS Tool aims to develop future land use scenarios based on potential trajectories for population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, and socio-economic changes, as used by climate change modelers.

Lake Level Viewer

NOAA”s Lake level viewer Great Lakes helps users visualize lake level changes that range from six feet above to six feet below historical long-term average water levels.

Land Cover Atlas (C-CAP)

The Coastal Change Analysis Program’s (C-CAP) Land Cover Atlas is a web-based tool that explores land cover change over time at the county level.

National Clearinghouse and Data Portals Collection

Environmental and natural resource data access points from many areas of the U.S. are provided in this resource from NOAA’s Digital Coast. Data access and visualization are usually provided through an online mapping interface or website. The types of data available vary but may include layers for statewide boundaries, transportation, imagery, elevation, recreation, and geographic names, among others. This geospatial data can be helpful in supporting initial resource mapping for conservation planning purposes.