A SPATIAL MODELING
AND DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
The UCSB project
is one of 14
domestic and international research projects funded by the IBM
Environmental Research Program. The project was funded from
1993 to 1997. The goal of this project was to design and test a
prototype Spatial Modeling and Decision Support System for Conservation
of Biological Diversity. The project is closely tied to the USGS-Biological
Resources Division's Gap Analysis Program and to related efforts
at multi-species conservation planning in southern California and
the Sierra Nevada. The specific project objectives and results were:
and enable a prototype "regional" computing facility for storage,
analysis and visualization of biodiversity data.
a set of specific software applications to support national (and
potentially international) gap analysis.
a conservation gap analysis of the Intermountain Semi-Desert Ecoregion
over nine western states.
applications for monitoring wildlife habitats using multi-temporal
software to support reserve siting and reserve design and apply
it to reserve design in southern California and the Sierra Nevada.
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