Read the chapter in the new book, "GIS for Science," called "Identifyng the Natural Efficient Frontier," written by Chespeake Conservancy's Director of Conservation Technology Jeffrey Allenby.
To learn more about the Conservation Innovation Center and our recent work, explore the fact sheets below.
Precision conservation—projects at the right place, the right scale, the right size, the right time, and making sure they are working—is going to redefine how landscape conservation is approached. Instead of sweeping acquisitions or all-encompassing legislation, we can use the latest high-resolution datasets to conduct advanced geospatial analysis that allows us to better target and implement on-the-ground agricultural and conservation best management practices.
Applying advanced spatial analysis techniques to prioritize conservation best management practices to ensure maximized ecosystem services and have the greatest impact
Leveraging aerial imagery, LiDAR elevation data, and machine learning produce 1-meter resolution land cover maps for precision planning
Providing a high-resolution spatial change product quantifying tree canopy loss and gain at a regional scale.
Developing tools and user-friendly web-based platforms to identify and prioritize conservation and restoration opportunities
Providing local conservation organizations with GIS data, services, and training to encourage efficient, cost-effective, and strategic outreach and project implementation
Mapping the visible landscape to understand the impacts of and guide strategic development that maintains the beauty of special vistas
Working with the City of Baltimore to determine how over 17,000 vacant lots could be transformed into useable green space using a powerful query tool and suitability analysis