Mojave desert tortoise species distribution model

Oct 26, 2018 (Last modified Jan 30, 2019)
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The aim of this project was to provide data products to support a scientifically defensible analysis to identify areas that can be developed for solar energy without causing further significant harm to ESA-listed wildlife, particularly the desert tortoise. To meet this objective, we created an improved, high spatial resolution model of the distribution of suitable habitat for Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) that can provide the spatial precision necessary for land use decision making at sub-regional scales. This model maps the probability of suitable habitat for the tortoise across a 30-meter grid encompassing the entire known range of the species. The resolution of the output, as well as the use of recent satellite imagery and more robust climate inputs, offer substantial improvements over existing distribution maps for the species.
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Defenders of Wildlife
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Matthew Moskwik
Conservation GIS Scientist with Defenders of Wildlife