A guidebook to spatial datasets for conservation planning under climate change in the Pacific Northwest

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Edited by: Jennifer M. Cartwright

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Abstract

This guidebook provides user-friendly overviews of a variety of spatial datasets relevant to conservation and management of natural resources in the face of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, United States. Each guidebook chapter was created using a standardized template to summarize a spatial dataset or a group of closely related datasets. Datasets were selected according to standardized criteria based on input through a collaborative process involving researchers and natural-resource managers throughout the Pacific Northwest region. In each chapter, basic spatial and temporal information is provided for the dataset, along with a conceptual overview, glossary of key terms, links to download data and supporting documentation, a brief methods summary describing how the dataset was created, guidelines for dataset interpretation, assessment of uncertainties along with evaluation of caveats and simplifying assumptions, and information about potential and actual conservation applications of the dataset. Collectively, this information provides natural-resource managers with “snapshots” of a variety of datasets representing diverse processes and conditions, including climate projections, changes in hydrologic conditions, vegetation and fire-regime shifts, animal habitat changes, species movements, and topographic and soil conditions relevant to climate change. Along with other types of data and site-specific information, the datasets described in this guidebook have the potential to inform management of valued natural resources throughout the Pacific Northwest region in the context of adaptation to changing climate conditions.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title A guidebook to spatial datasets for conservation planning under climate change in the Pacific Northwest
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Department of Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description 212 p.
Country United States
State Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
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