Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada

Project Type: 
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Fiscal Year: 
FY'12
Project Leader: 
Research Partners: 
Charles Ferree (The Nature Conservancy, TNC); Kevin McGarigal (UMass)
Status: 
Completed
Science Themes: 

Consistent and accurate landscape datasets are important foundational products for ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. The objective of this project was to extend an existing terrestrial habitat map of the north Atlantic U.S. to Atlantic Canada and southern Quebec, using and modeling field-collected data combined with national and provincial datasets. This GIS map 1) provides a foundation upon which further research, such as species vulnerability analyses, can advance, 2) allows each relevant state and province to identify terrestrial habitats consistently across borders, 3) allows for analysis of regional connectivity, and 4) facilitates an understanding of terrestrial animal and plant populations in relation to climate change. The map can be viewed here:  http://maps.tnc.org/nehabitatmap/

Visit the Northeast Habitat Map Website to learn more or download data:  http://nature.ly/NEhabitat

Key Words: Terrestrial Habitats, Random Forest, Habitat Mapping, Predictive Models, Atlantic Canada, Species – Habitat relationships, habitat map, Climate Change, Northeast Climate Science Center, FY 2012, CSC, Northeast CSC, 2012,

Final Report: 

Anderson, Mark G., Ferree Charles, and McGarigal Kevin M.  "Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada" 2015