Climate Resilient Connectivity
For the South Coast Ecoregion of California
Impacted Species: Arroyo Toad
The "Connecting Wildlands & Communities" project builds on the "Climate Resilient Connectivity" project, a 2.5 year project that has developed landscape maps to support connectivity of natural lands across the South Coast Ecoregion.
The Institute for Ecological Management and Monitoring at San Diego State University partnered 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. Our methodological approach combines 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 has never been used before to develop a robust analysis of habitat-specific connectivity for multiple species. The project will support practical, proactive management of biodiversity under likely climate change scenarios by developing connectivity linkage maps for the South Coast Ecoregion.