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“Climate Resilient Connectivity for the South Coast Ecoregion” Available Now!

The "Climate Resilient Connectivity" project final report wraps up 2.5 years of analysis to better understand landscape linkages and wildlife connectivity in a changing climate. Check out the full report and begin incorporating key insights to advance conservation planning and management for the south coast eco-region. This project was led by Dr. Megan Jennings and SDSU’s Institute for Ecological Management and Monitoring.

The "Climate Resilient Connectivity" project team is excited to announce the release of new resources and decision making tools to support connectivity of natural lands across the South Coast Ecoregion. The 2.5 year project was led by the Institute for Ecological Management and Monitoring at San Diego State University in partnership with the Climate Science Alliance and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to advance regional-scale climate-smart connectivity planning by applying cutting-edge approaches and best-practices in ecological science.

The methodological approach combined ensemble species distribution models with dynamic metapopulation models to advance connectivity modeling and planning approaches accounting for climate change, land-use shifts, and uncertainty. This novel complement of techniques had never been used before to develop a robust analysis of habitat-specific connectivity for multiple species. The project will continue to support practical, proactive management of biodiversity under likely climate change scenarios by developing connectivity linkage maps for the South Coast Ecoregion.

Funding for this work has been provided by the Wildlife Conservation Board and a State Wildlife Grant.

Learn more about the “Climate Resilient Connectivity” project and how the new “Connecting Wildlands & Communities” project builds on its findings, here:

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