New Linkage Priority Tool is released
July 19, 2018 -- A new connectivity modeling tool that helps prioritize conservation effort among all the linkages in a region.


John Gallo, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

Dwindling funding and resources often limit the conservation of biodiversity within any particular region. As such, much of conservation science centers on prioritizing where to focus conservation efforts. One approach to this is to model and map the locations of wildlife linkages of a region. We now enter a new frontier by being able to prioritize among these linkages. CBI is sponsoring the release of the new Linkage Priority Tool, which estimates and maps the relative priority of all the linkages in a region. Highlights for the tool include:

  • Differential weighting among the 10 criteria that affect estimated priority
  • Multiple variables to help with climate-wise connectivity
  • A wildcard variable that can be defined for each specific use case
  • An option to transparently document and incorporate expert knowledge  

The Linkage Priority Tool is part of the Linkage Mapper, version 2.0, which includes five other tools designed to assess other aspects and considerations in connectivity conservation. Linkage Mapper is one of the open source initiatives that CBI sponsors, joining CBI’s other Tools

CBI and partners have already utilized the Linkage Priority Tool across several landscapes, including this Gallery of the California Statewide Conservation and Energy Planning project, the Co-development of a Regional Conservation Investment Strategy for the Antelope Valley, this map and others from the Santa Barbara County Blueprint, and the Three Zone Climate Adaptation Strategy

We encourage you to post your Linkage Mapper results on the Shared Gallery in Data Basin.

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