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Welcome to the landscape tools section of our website.  We are continously developing a list of links to and short descriptions of a wide variety of landscape analysis tools that can be used for a variety of purposes. We would like your help in identifying  websites and portals that provide tools.  We are especially interested in tools dealing with analysis of ecosystem services, habitat modeling, multi-scaled analysis of pattern and process, watershed or catchment landscape assessment tools, climate change, alternative landscape scenarios, and management tools.  We would like to know about additional tools that you work with so we can put the link on our website. We also plan on featuring new tools as they become available.  Thanks for your help !!! Please send a brief description of the tool and the URL to Benjamin Burkard (Email). 

Ecosystem Service Analysis Tools

inVEST: Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs 

Government officials, conservation professionals, farmers, and other land owners make decisions about how to use their land all the time. Yet, never before have any of these groups had a systematic way to demonstrate the future costs and benefits of their decisions for people and the environment. In its most ground-breaking effort, the Natural Capital Project aims to meet this challenge with InVEST, a new tool that can model and map the delivery, distribution, and economic value of life-support systems (ecosystem services), well into the future. The tool will help users visualize the impacts of potential decisions, identifying tradeoffs and compatibilities between environmental, economic, and social benefits.

 

Climate Change Analysis Tools

The Climate Wizard
Climate-change will inevitably affect every living thing on Earth.  Society’s belief in a world much warmer than today is continually growing but its understanding of the effects is not.  To address this gap the Climate Wizard was developed as an analysis tool that uses state of the art climate models and advanced statistical analysis to examine both the current and future climate conditions of any place on the Earth.  It can produce an array of historic data going back to 1895, or projected data through 2099, bringing together for the first time the full spectrum of climatic concerns for a landscape.

The web-based program allows its user to specify any region on a map, pose a series of questions about past, present, and/or future climate variables, and then generate a spatially explicit climate change assessment of that region.  ClimateWizard is designed to enhance the effectiveness of global conservation efforts by supporting the free and open sharing of climate change information and knowledge.

ClimateWizard provides a simple web viewer to see the past and future climate in selected areas. Lite users can download maps and data for 50 year averages.

ClimateWizard Advanced is designed for the technical practitioner. The advanced version allows you to create custom maps, choose a specific area of interest, and time period, as well as select from three climate models and three emission scenarios.

Conservation Planning and Analysis Tools 

The Conservation Registry
The Conservation Registry is an accessible database and mapping system that allows users to enter, search, map and track interesting conservation projects. The registry gathers data from multiple sources, ranging from small organizations and landowners to federal resource agencies, non-profit organizations, tribes and foundations. The purpose of the registry is to help users understand the context, distribution, and effectiveness of collective conservation efforts to protect and restore ecosystems.

Vista
Vista is a very powerful and flexible tool for conducting conservation planning and integrating conservation with other assessment and planning activities such as land use, transportation, energy, and natural resources management.  NatureServe Vista supports the ArcGIS and adds increased ability to import and tailor information, depict even more realistic land use scenarios, and model the effects of future scenarios on the condition of habitats, ecosystems, and other features.
 

Conservation Planning and Risk Assessment Tools 

ALARM (Assessing Large Scale Risks for Biodiversity with Tested Methods)
ALARM is a research program that is developing and testing methods and protocols for the assessment and forecasting of changes in biodiversity and in structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems. This relates to ecosystem services and includes the relationship between society, economy and biodiversity. In particular, risks arising from climate change, environmental chemicals, biological invasions and pollinator loss in the context of current and future European land use patterns will be assessed. ALARM will be the first research initiative with the critical mass needed to deal with such aspects of combined impacts and their consequences.

Risk assessments in ALARM will be hierarchical and examine a range of organisational (genes, species, ecosystems), temporal (seasonal, annual, decadal) and spatial scales (habitat, region, continent) determined by the appropriate resolution of current case studies and databases.

RAT (Risk Assessment Toolkit) is an on-line application of the ALARM program to evaluate risks.

Invasive Species

The National Institute of Invasive Species Science
The National Institute of Invasive Species Science is a consortium of government and non-government organizations formed to develop cooperative approaches for invasive species science that meet the urgent needs of land managers and the public. Administratively housed at the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado, the National Institute of Invasive Species Science provides a hub for invasive species science collaboration, coordination, and integration across agencies and disciplines.

NBII Invasive Species Node (ISIN)
The ISIN is a data management portal for invasive plants, animals, and pathogens in the U.S. It coordinates invasive species information from other NBII nodes, several USGS Science Centers, and other government and non-government partners. The ISIN is working to create an early detection and rapid response information system for the control of invasive species in the United States.  It includes global scale data on invasive species, monitoring protocols, models, and a search engine.  

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