Landscape capability is an integrated measure of habitat quality and ability to support a focal species, climate suitability, and existing data on occurrence and abundance. Each individual species’ landscape capability is calculated from a model unique to that species. In addition, each species is considered a representative for a larger suite of species with similar ecological needs and uses. The following 14 species landscape capability models are available: American Woodcock, Black Bear, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Eastern Meadowlark, Louisiana Waterthrush, Marsh Wren, Moose, Northern Waterthrush, Prairie Warbler, Ruffed Grouse, Wood Duck, Wood Thrush, and Wood Turtle. These models were used as inputs during the creation of the species-based core areas (note the slightly different treatment of Eastern Meadowlark). More detailed information about the representative species models is available from the species documentation from the UMass-maintained DSL project web page. On Data Basin, we make these layers available as a pre-loaded map or as individual species layers.
View this product as a web map on Data Basin.
Access this data as a GIS download from the North Atlantic LCC website.
Read the Technical Abstract for the representative species landscape capability layers (speciesLC.tif).
by Dan Irizarry