ALI Conservation Scorecards Input Data Layers

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

In 2014 and 2015, the Arid Lands Initiative developed “Conservation Scorecards” for their Priority Core Areas (PCAs) and Priority Linkage Areas (PLAs). To create the scorecards, we collected numerous existing geospatial datasets that could help provide decision support for ALI land managers, then summarized them to the geometry of PCAs and PLAs (e.g., took the spatial mean of a Landscape Condition Model). To better understand the analysis, please read the report, “Assessing the Condition and Resilience of Collaborative Conservation Priority Areas in the Columbia Plateau Ecoregion,” available here: The PCA scorecards pdfs are attached to this report as an appendix, and the PLA scorecards are included in a short addendum report, available here: is important to note that many of these models have since been updated by the data creators (e.g., The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Change Resilience model) and are therefore out of data. The original, older layers are provided here simply for the convenience of interested people with GIS capabilities who wish to further explore the input data, and also for analytical transparency. If anyone wishes to do additional analysis with this data, they are strongly encouraged to obtain up to date data sets from the data creators. The metadata for each layer indicates whether or not it is likely to have been updated (some are finalized), and also provides links to the appropriate data access websites.We did not receive permission to redistribute a few of the scorecard input layers, so they are not included. These are: “Probability of burning” (FSIM fire simulation model); “Future fire frequency” (MC2 vegetation model); and “Vegetation instability” (MC2 vegetation model). We also did not include the layers used to calculate the “Contribution to ALI targets” metrics because they are already available on ScienceBase, here: All data sets were clipped to the ALI’s analysis area and were projected to Web Mercator, in case the ALI ever wishes to make web services from these layers.

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Metadata Date July 21, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) October 30, 2015 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date July 21, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) October 30, 2015 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Region/SWCA (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: See individual layers for use limitations, Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -116.662840
Bbox North Lat 48.997014
Bbox South Lat 44.826962
Bbox West Long -121.424469
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Licence Distributor assumes no liability for misuse of data.
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2014-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2015-10-30

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