Grasslands are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet (Hoekstra et al 2004). Recently, the bird conservation and grasslands communities have united around a forward looking approach to conservation planning. To accomplish this the following information is needed:
Projects By Product: Presentation
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives use a collaborative approach to identify landscape scale conservation solutions. LCCs work across jurisdictional and political boundaries to work with partners to: meet unfilled conservation needs, develop decision support tools, share data and knowledge, and facilitate and foster partnerships.
As part of a shared science strategy, LCCs coordinate closely with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and the eight regional Climate Science Centers.
To evaluate the potential impacts of changes on waterbird habitat due to climate change, this project examines historic responses of water birds to storm surges on the Y-K Delta by examining waterbird distribution and breeding parameters before and after coastal storm surges between 1985 and 2012
No one has better knowledge and opportunity to document coastal storm effects than the people who live in coastal communities. By training a network of Local Environmental Observers to collect coastal storm data, we improve local capacity to engage in coastal observations.
Extensive mapping of coastal change will provide important baseline information on the distribution and magnitude of landscape changes over the past 41 years. With this analysis, changes can be summarized for different land ownership or other units to assess the extent of recent habitat loss.
This project provides travel support for the collection of precision measurements of prioritized benchmarks and submission of these occupations to NOAA NGS for public access.
The primary goal of this project is to facilitate the completion of ShoreZone mapping of biophysical resources of the coastal supratidal, intertidal, and subtidal areas in the southern Alaska Peninsula, and to make this mapping data web accessible and available to all who request the data.
This project will develop a searchable geospatial database for stream and lake water temperature monitoring activities in Alaska.
This project supports the technical development of a mobile application for identifying and reporting invasive plant species in Alaska. The app will be available for both Android and iOS operating systems.
This project supports the development of a key for identifying non-natives plant species, which will be incorporated into a mobile application for identifying and reporting invasive plant species in Alaska.
The goal of this project is to develop a statewide water temperature network with easily understood and readily implemented data standards to support landscape-level assessments.
This project will identify existing coastal change projects in Western Alaska and synthesize information about each project. The resulting report will document the project landscape for communities, researchers, resource managers, and funding agencies.
This project investigates the variability in size and annual growth of juvenile Chinook across western Alaska, the association of juvenile Chinook size or annual growth with stream temperature gradients, and whether expected water temperature changes will affect juvenile Chinook habitat suitabili
This project will compile and analyze existing stream, river and lake temperatures data in SW Alaska, and will result in refinement of the monitoring plan developed to characterize thermal responses to ongoing climate change in the region.
By combining analyses of data from two large lake systems in the Kvichak watershed, laboratory rearing experiments to elucidate functional relationships, and simulation modeling, this project quantifies biological responses to changing freshwater temperature in sockeye salmon in western Alaska.
This project will use ShoreZone imagery collected as part of another partnership effort to map nearly 1,600 km of coastline between Wales and Kotzebue, completing the Kotzebue Sound shoreline for inclusion in the state-wide ShoreZone dataset.
This project will use existing ShoreZone coastal imagery to map 719 km of shoreline in Bristol Bay, from Cape Constantine to Cape Newenham. This section of coastline is an extremely important herring spawning area and an important component of the Bristol Bay fisheries
This project establishes a permafrost observation network at the continuous/discontinuous permafrost boundary of the Western Alaska LCC.
This project focuses on permafrost change and its effect on lake habitat in Western Alaska. Resource managers and local communities need spatially explicit information to determine past lake habitat changes, identify spatial patterns correlated to climate, and project future habitat changes.
The lake and lagoon surface temperature trends and projections that result from this project will fill a fundamental data gap in western Alaska and will be valuable to scientists and land managers for climate change studies, habitat evaluations, and land and resource management decision making.
This project will provide an understanding of how precipitation patterns interact with watershed topography to control stream water sources and thermal regimes.
Mid-winter icing events have the potential to lead to population declines of caribou due to restricted access to forage.
Caribou in southwest Alaska are an important subsistence resource and a potential indicator of ecosystem function. Understanding caribou population declines requires understanding tundra dynamics and habitat quality. This project will establish baseline information on population.
This project supports invasive plant surveys in Bristol Bay communities.
This project will quantify the effect that the reduction of nearshore ice coverage has on coastal flooding by developing a model accounting for sea ice, tide, wind-driven wave dynamics and currents on storm surges along the Western Alaska coast.
This project will expand an existing fine-scale storm surge model for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Results will be used to examine the relationship between storm floods and temporal changes in waterbird abundance and nesting locations.
Storm winds can create water surges that inundate coastal margins. The formation of ice berms can limit or enhance the impact of storm surge.
This project will support data collection in the Bering Sea from a Triaxys oceanographic wave buoy to supplement existing stationary sensors.
Nearshore bathymetry is a vital link that joins offshore water depths to coastal topography.
This project will result in a complete, mean high water, digital shoreline for coastal Western Alaska stretching from Cape Prince of Wales to Cape Espenberg.
This project will evaluate the impacts of future climate change scenarios on the survival and viability of Pacific lamprey and Pacific Eulachon populations that are used as food sources by the Native American tribes of the Columbia River Basin and the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.
The purpose of the proposed project is to increase the "cross cultural capacity" of indigenous and non-indigenous groups to collaborate on climate adaptation in the Crown of the Continent (CoC) a sub-region of the GNLCC area.
The Northeast Regional Conservation Framework Workshop, held in June 2011, provided an opportunity to step back and synthesize the results of many projects that have been completed or are underway through the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) pr
This project is part of an ongoing effort to develop and implement a landscape level decision support system (DSS) across the boundaries of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.
The goal of this study is to use eDNA as a cost effective tool for documenting the occurrence and distribution of ESA-listed spring-chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) throughout the Okanogan and Methow watersheds in an effort to map habitat use and connectivity.
Landscape simulation modeling will be used to develop detailed management guidelines for restoring and sustaining whitebark pine under future climates, accounting for the principal stressors that threaten its persistence (exotic disease infections, mountain pine beetles, and fire exclusion polici
Despite extensive knowledge and data surrounding the status and threats to Yellowstone cutthroat trout there is currently no comprehensive framework for prioritizing conservation of populations and metapopulations (i.e., locations) and potential actions that could be taken in these locations to s
Avoiding cheatgrass dominance following tree-reduction treatments on woodland-encroached sagebrush communities is a priority for managers in the Great Basin.
One of the primary challenges facing public land managers in the Great Basin is identifying adaptation strategies to increase resiliency to climate change in an area that is already struggling with profound environmental challenges.
This project links downscaled climate data to an ecosystem model (LINKAGES) to a landscape simulator (LANDIS) to wildlife models (HSI). Collectively, these models offer a means to assess the response of wildlife to climate change - mediated through habitat.
A prioritization model for identifying potentially suitable but currently unoccupied habitats to target search and restoration efforts for the federally-threatened Louisiana Pearlshell Mussel.
Development of a model to identify areas within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley that are suitable for alligator gar.
Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index tool (CCVI), assess the vulnerability of 120 species of Greatest Conservation Need that are identified in Tennessee's State Wildlife Action Plan and occur in eiter the Mississippi Alluvial Valley or East Gulf Coastal Plain.
The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership will engage regional aquatic experts to provide input into the development of desired ecological states - defined by landscape and species endpoints - for each of the broadly defined Freshwater Aquatic habitat types listed in the Gulf Coastal Plains and
There is a need to understand how alteration of physical processes on the Rio Grande River have impacted aquatic biota and their habitats, and a need to predict potential future effects of climate change on biotic resources in order to prescribe research and management activities that will enhanc
The importance of riparian ecosystems in semiarid and arid regions has generated interest in understanding processes that drive the distribution and abundance of dominant riparian plants.
A strong data foundation is needed to inform science-based decisions for fisheries management at a watershed level.
Our approach will include sampling a wide range of habitats and environmental conditions throughout the middle and lower Pecos River basin, across an 18 month time-span to account for seasonal and phenological events.
Southern Nevada Water Authority will add new modeling and analytical capabilities to tools developed as part of a previous WaterSMART Climate Analysis Tools Grant that assessed impacts of climate change on water quality and sediment transport in Lake Mead.
The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will use, combine and optimize an array of remote sensing techniques to identify the most efficient process that characterizes grasslands and level of shrub component in those grasslands.
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists initiated a study in the 1990s on avian distribution and habitat associations within the Sky Islands.