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Conduct the ANALYSIS

Published May 27, 2011

The analysis step is the point at which we determine how much of a vertebrate species’ or a land cover’s distribution occurs in areas managed for the long-term maintenance of biodiversity.

Distribution of Lark Bunting in the United States

Protected Status of Lark Bunting in the United States

To calculate this, maps showing the location of plant and animal habitats are overlaid with other maps that show where protected areas are. If predicted plant and animal habitats are in the same place as protected areas, those animals are considered to be protected.

By the time the gap analysis process is completed, a valuable suite of map and data products has been assembled.

Products from a typical Gap Analysis include:

  • Digital land cover maps
  • Digital animal distribution maps
  • Digital protected areas maps
  • Identifications of “conservation gaps”
  • Identifications of species-rich areas
  • Downloadable datasets in multiple formats
  • Assessments of the conservation status of vertebrate species in the United States