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The Southwest Regional Gap Project: A Database Model for Regional Landscape Assessment, Resource Planning, and Vulnerability Analysis

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Abstract:The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is a national interagency program that maps the distribution of plant communities and selected animal species and compares these distributions with land stewardship to identify biotic elements at potential risk of endangerment. Acquisition of primary data and database development are an initial feature of any landscape indicator and assessment project, including conservation mapping. The Southwest Regional GAP spatial data have been developed for the purpose of creating a regional tool for assessing biodiversity protection. One intent of the project is to make the database available in a format that can be used by other researchers, public agencies, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, decision-makers, and user groups. Additionally, the information can be utilized for resource management planning actions and other geographic initiatives to characterize relative vulnerability of natural resources within the 5-state area. It is the premise of this project that landscape composition and pattern measures are diagnostic of environmental and hydrological condition and can be quantitatively measured using GIS and remote sensing-based technologies. Acquisition of primary data is the first step of any research process to develop regional, state, and watershed scale environmental assessment and to predict future environmental risk to include other socially relevant end- points in addition to biodiversity .
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Citation:Kepner, W. G., P. Comer, D. Osborne, D. J. Semmens, and K. Gergely. The Southwest Regional Gap Project: A Database Model for Regional Landscape Assessment, Resource Planning, and Vulnerability Analysis. Presented at 19th Annual Symposium of the International Association of Landscape Ecology, Las Vegas, NV, March 30-April 4, 2004.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Ecology Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 03/30/2004
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Related Entries:
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Bullet Item Development of Landscape Indicators for Use in Regional Ecological Risk Assessments
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