The following projects are the SALCC’s newest funded projects – the results of which will help fill gaps in the conservation blueprint to support conservation planning. Each project has a brief description below with a link to the full proposal. If you have any questions about these project, please contact Rua Mordecai, Science Coordinator, SALCC. Thanks!

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Development of Regional Estuarine and Marine Natural Resource Maps for the South Atlantic

What will the Cooperative get? Consistent spatial datasets depicting seafloor habitats, migratory species (e.g. cetaceans, sea turtles, diadromous fish) distributions, and estuarine and coastal habitats. The project steering committee will be the healthy ecosystems team of the South Atlantic Alliance with additional members added if needed.
Why is this important now? While great progress is being made on terrestrial and freshwater systems, SALCC conservation planning models are being limited by consistent data on estuarine and marine ecosystems. This will help SALCC planning models estimate vulnerability and response to conservation actions for many key coastal and aquatic species.
PI: Mary Conley, The Nature Conservancy
For the full proposal click here.

Synthesis of High and Low Marsh Habitat Mapping, Vulnerability and Responses to Sea-Level Rise in the South Atlantic Region

What will the Cooperative get? Consistent spatial datasets on high and low marsh depicting historic distributions and dynamics, current distributions, and future vulnerability. Project provides estimates for the entire South Atlantic region and additional detailed information for 3 intensive study areas in NC, SC, and GA.
Why is this important now? High and low marsh habitats are already facing the biggest changes from future threats like sea level rise. Improved mapping of these distinct habitat types will provide better predictions for how key coastal zone resources are changing.
PI: Tom Allen, East Carolina University
For the full proposal click here.

Regionalized Sensitivity Analysis and Related Techniques Applied to Landscape and Ecological Response Models

What will the Cooperative get? Project will provide: 1) Integrate SALCC landscape change models and ecological response models, 2) Identify key drivers of change in ecological response models, 3) Assess how potential monitoring and research could be prioritized to reduce major sources of uncertainty (and hence the risk in any decisions informed by the model).
Why is this important now? Understanding the biggest drivers of change and the uncertainty in those predictions will be essential in targeting both future research and conservation actions in the SALCC.
PI: Kenneth Reckhow, Cardno ENTRIX
For the full proposal click here.

Mechanisms of Aquatic Species Invasions Across the SALCC

What will the Cooperative get? This project will provide: 1) Predictions of current and future distributions of nonindigenous aquatic species (NAS) and 2) Estimates of the benefits of potential conservation and management strategies. This project builds off of a large national database that tracks nonindigenous aquatic species.
Why is this important now? Changes in human populations and connectivity could potentially have large changes in how, where, and when species invasions occur. These invasions can have major impacts on natural, cultural, and socioeconomic resources and are not incorporated in SALCC planning models.
PI: Amy Benson, USGS
For the full proposal click here.

SMART-SLEUTH: Augmenting the SLEUTH Urban Growth Model with New Smart-Growth Scenario- Building Capabilities

What will the Cooperative get? This project will build off of current SALCC urban growth models to: 1) Consistent spatial dataset depicting the potential impact of smart growth practices and 2) An online tool to interactively explore the impact of potential growth scenarios across the entire SALCC.
Why is this important now? Urban growth likely has the largest impact on natural and cultural resources in the SALCC. By incorporating smart growth practices as one scenario in SALCC urban growth models, the cooperative would be able to visualize and evaluate the potential benefits of smart growth policies on natural and cultural resources.
PI: Ross Meentemeyer, University of North Carolina -Charlotte
For the full proposal click here.

South Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Assessment & Tool

What will the Cooperative get? This project will build off a current SALCC collaboration with SARP to: 1) Provide a foundational assessment of aquatic connectivity for target aquatic species 2) An online tool to help evaluate and prioritize dam modifications/removal for key species.
Why is this important now? While your cooperative is making progress on terrestrial connectivity, aquatic connectivity and the effects of potential actions to improve that connectivity are still lacking.
PI: Colin Apse, The Nature Conservancy
For the full proposal click here.