The Product: A Binational Database and Synthesis

We are applying a comprehensive set of climate adaptation planning methods across a region encompassing the western United States and Canada, excluding Alaska. Such a binational analysis is timely because habitat required for meeting species habitat and connectivity needs, and for maintaining ecosystem processes, spans the boundary between the US and Canada. Planning efforts such as the LCCs are increasingly recognizing the binational scope on conservation challenges.

The project will result in written products comparing and synthesizing methods, and mapped products integrating priorities from different methods. Mapped data will be available for download and via a viewer that allow end-users to alter importance assigned to various input layers to produce and view new outputs. Written products will include a manual of methods, and peer-reviewed syntheses of results.
The four main database components are:

  1. Physical-habitat-based metrics and prioritizations. Examples include representation analysis of physical habitat types ( “land facets “or “enduring features”);
  2. Climate-data-based metrics and prioritizations. Examples include velocity of climate change and Identification of climate gradient corridors based on velocity analyses;
  3. Species-model-based metrics and prioritizations. Examples include use of multi-criteria optimization software to identify areas of temporally continuous or adjacent biotic and abiotic characteristics;
  4. Integrated priority area mapping. This applies multi-criteria optimization software (Marxan and Zonation) to integrate priority areas from the results of the above three analyses.