Crown of the Continent Landscape Analysis/Ecological Indicators Project
Presenters: Erin Sexton, University of Montana and Greg McDermid, University of Calgary
Summary: The Crown Managers Partnership is developing a monitoring program that is intended to support the long-term health of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) and provide a scientifically credible foundation for managers to engage in natural resource protection activities. The monitoring strategy will focus on the development and acquisition of geospatial datasets from remote sensing and other GIS sources designed to track changes in habitats and human footprint consistently and reliably across the CCE. This information can then:
- be evaluated against the range of climate scenarios for the CCE
- monitor impacts and vulnerabilities in the face of climate change and
- assist managers with determining and implementing strategies for increasing resiliency in the face of climate change and other land stressors.