The latest update to the Southeast Conservation Blueprint, version 2021, is now available! This year’s Blueprint is a stepping stone to the bigger improvements in store next year, as we move toward consistent methods and indicators across most of the region.
The major improvements over the last version include:
- Incorporating the newest South Atlantic Blueprint data
- Correcting a scoring issue in the Middle Southeast
You can access the data and documentation in the Southeast Blueprint 2021 Data Gallery on the Southeast Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA), or download it all directly here if you prefer to use your desktop GIS.
The beta viewer for the Southeast Blueprint has also been updated to the latest data.
The Interactive Atlas, allows flexible spatial and temporal analyses of much of the observed and projected climate change information underpinning the WGI assessment. The Interactive Atlas has two components. The first (regional information) includes the ability to generate global maps and a number of regionally aggregated products (time series, scatter plots, tables, climate stripes, etc.) for observed and projected climate change for time periods, emissions scenarios or global warming levels of interest. It integrates a range of different datasets, including global and regional observations and the three most recent coordinated global and regional climate projection experiments: CMIP5, CORDEX and CMIP6, for different key variables, extreme indices and climatic impact-drivers (CIDs). The second component (regional synthesis) provides qualitative information about changes in climatic impact-drivers (CIDs) in several categories such as heat and cold, wet and dry, or coastal and oceanic. Users can select one or several impact-drivers and visualize the regional historical trends and projected changes over the sub-continental reference regions.
The Southeast Conservation Blueprint; South Atlantic LLC
The Blueprint is a living, spatial plan that identifies important places for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. The Blueprint stitches together smaller subregional plans into one consistent map, incorporating the best available information about the current condition of key species and habitats, as well as future threats.
Southeast Blueprint 2020 was released in October 2020 at the virtual annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Significant improvements over the previous versions include: finer resolution and a more connected network of priorities in the inland South Atlantic subregion; updated data and a more consistent approach to cross-state prioritization in the Middle Southeast subregion; and better integration in areas of overlap between the South Atlantic Blueprint, Florida Blueprint, and Nature’s Network design. For a full list of everything that changed in Version 2020, check out the Southeast Blueprint changelog. You can explore and download the data on the Southeast Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA), a free online mapping platform. Here, you can also read more about the methods and underlying datasets used to create Version 2020, and check out a user guide full of ideas about how to apply it to your own work.
South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LLC
The South Atlantic CPA is a free mapping portal designed to share regional spatial data. Users can overlay multiple layers, create and export maps, and download data. In addition to the Conservation Blueprint, users will find information about connectivity, protected lands, urban growth, and much more.
The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind.
Three portals have been created for the LCC network:
Spatially explicit datasets, galleries, and maps are available in a hierarchical system:
Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, users can upload their own data to their account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal.
The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.