Crown of the Continent Landscape Analysis

The Landscape Analysis is a strategic priority of the Crown Managers Partnership focused on resolving issues of transboundary data integration and synthesis, establish an ecological baseline and document change over time (trend analysis), and disseminating knowledge, information products, and geospatial tools arising out of this work to the extensive network of Crown Managers Partnership (CMP) and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) collaborators. 

To achieve this, the CMP is working with university and agency partners on credible science-based approaches to identify the current condition of indicators (baseline) and to track and document changes over time (trend). Our working assumption is that visible land use changes influence most indicators, so significant emphasis is placed on landscape metrics, augmented by supplemental work on individual indicators as required.

Data Management of the Crown of the Continent Landscape Analysis

The central mission of the Crown of the Continent Landscape Analysis effort is to provide timely and usable scientific information about the status and trends of ecological health within the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) to the extensive network of Crown Managers Partnership (CMP) and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) collaborators. To meet this challenge, we need an information management system that can effectively produce, maintain, and distribute the products of scientific work done as a result of the project.

Data Management Mission

 Our mission to support the program through promoting effective data management can be summarized as follows:

•       Data Quality – Ensure that appropriate quality assurance measures are taken during all phases of project development, data acquisition, data handling, summary and analysis, reporting, and archival

•       Security – Make certain that both digital and analog forms of both source and derived data are maintained and archived in an environment that provides appropriate levels of access to project managers, technicians, decision makers, and others

•       Interpretability – Accompany sufficient documentation with each dataset and any reports and summaries derived from it, so as to ensure that users will have an informed appreciation of its applicability and limitations

•       Availability – Expand the availability of natural resource information by ensuring that our products are created, documented, and maintained in a manner that is transparent to the potential users of these products.

•       Longevity – Enhance the longevity of datasets by thorough documentation, by maintaining the data in a widely interpretable format, and by appropriate archival measures


Data Management Objectives

In implementing a data management system we will strive for the following:

•      Confidence in the security and availability of natural resource data and related information

•      Easy access to most information, and appropriate safeguards for sensitive information

•      Awareness of the intended use and limitations of each dataset

•      Infrastructure and documentation that encourages data exploration

•      Compatibility of datasets for exploration and analysis at multiple scales and across disciplines