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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 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.
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.
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) 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 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.
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.
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.
Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests. Not only could these trees be significant carbon sinks, but they also contribute positively to economies and the ecosystems of nearby human, animal, and plant populations.