GIS For Science

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.

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Precision Conservation

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.

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The Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) was established in 2013 to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of stakeholder conservation and restoration efforts. Through the CIC, the Conservancy is creating partnerships throughout the United States to leverage cutting-edge research and make it accessible for restoration professionals. Staff are researching and advancing new methods of identifying high-priority landscapes that provide the optimal locations for conservation and restoration action. In addition, the team is leveraging the latest technologies and mobile platforms to democratize data and enable everyone to access the best available information. By learning from other industries, the CIC is able to adapt the most promising tools and techniques to advance both our mission and the environmental movement as a whole.


Learn more about the Conservation Innovation Center and our most recent work, explore the fact sheets below.


Precision Conservation

Applying advanced spatial analysis techniques to prioritize conservation best management practices to ensure maximized ecosystem services and have the greatest impact

High-Resolution Land Cover Mapping

Leveraging aerial imagery, LiDAR elevation data, and machine learning  produce 1-meter resolution land cover maps for precision planning

High-Resolution Stream Channel Mapping

Redefining the way stream channels are mapped by combining high-resolution terrain data and recent advancements in geomorphology and computer vision

Prioritization Tools

Developing tools and user-friendly web-based platforms to identify and prioritize conservation and restoration opportunities

Web Applications

Enabling data access for partners with all levels of GIS proficiency to geoprocess and query data to support strategic conservation and restoration efforts


Viewshed Protection and Impact Analyses

Mapping the visible landscape to understand the impacts of and guide strategic development that maintains the beauty of special vistas


Planning Support and Capacity Building

Providing local conservation organizations with GIS data, services, and training to encourage efficient, cost-effective, and strategic outreach and project implementation


Multi-Resource Conservation Planning

Helping communities and local partners identify common goals with a suite of replicable and user-friendly web applications that incorporate multiple conservation priorities 


Vacant Lots to Green Spaces

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