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July 2010

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Is Gap Analysis Used in Other Countries?

Published Jul 8, 2010

Yes, many other countries are planning or implementing small and large-scale gap analysis projects. For example, Mexico has committed funds to cooperate on the Lower Rio Grande Gap Analysis Project and is... Learn more >>

Is USGS GAP Only Interested in Vertebrates?

Published Jul 8, 2010

No, although initial GAP projects focused primarily on animals, the program has always mapped vegetation as well. In addition, many projects have mapped invertebrates including ants, butterflies, mussels, and snails. The following... Learn more >>

Why are Some Gap Projects Regional?

Published Jul 8, 2010

Regional land cover mapping provides the context for mapping predicted distributions of vertebrate habitat. The assumption is that a species is likely to occur where its habitat occurs within its range. Compiling... Learn more >>

What is “Aquatic Gap”?

Published Jul 8, 2010

Aquatic GAP projects are important because biological issues do not end with vertebrates – aquatic mapping includes mussels, crayfish, and other invertebrates. Aquatic resources around the world face serious ecological problems due... Learn more >>

What is Biodiversity?

Published Jul 8, 2010

Biological diversity is the variety of life and its processes — it includes the variety of living organisms, the genetic differences among them, and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur. ... Learn more >>

Who Uses GAP Data?

Published Jul 8, 2010

Most users are non-federal entities: state government departments of conservation, wildlife and related agencies actively use GAP information in making planning decisions. Universities teach Gap Analysis to future scientists and do research... Learn more >>

What do Gap Codes (Gap 1-4) Mean?

Published Jul 7, 2010

GAP Status Codes describe the degree to which land is managed for conservation.  Land in Codes 1 and 2 have the highest degree of management for conservation, while status 3 lands support... Learn more >>

How Did Gap Analysis Start?

Published Jul 6, 2010

The gap analysis process was conceived in the 1980s by biologists, developed into a practical science in the early 1990s and then implemented as a program of the USGS. Learn more about... Learn more >>