Designing Sustainable Landscapes

TitleDesigning Sustainable Landscapes
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMcGarigal, K, Compton B, Plunkett EB, Deluca WV, and Grand J
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
KeywordsAssessment and Design, DSL, landscape change, LCAD, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscape

The overall purpose of this project (known colloquially as the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project, or DSL for short) is to assess the capability of current and potential future landscapes, currently within the extent of the Northeast United States (13 states), to provide integral ecosystems and suitable habitat for a suite of focal (e.g., representative) species, and provide guidance for strategic habitat conservation. To meet this goal, we developed the Landscape Change, Assessment and Design (LCAD) model, as described in the documentation (see documentation page). This project is supported primarily by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC), with additional support from the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.