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Date published: January 1, 2018

Central Mojave Desert Vegetation Mapping Project, California, 1997-1999: Special Features Points

The Central Mojave Special Features shapefile provides point locations for known or potential places where vegetation alliances or unique stands occurred (from 1997-1999) with less than 5 hectares of spatial extent. These designations were provided separately from the Mojave Vegetation Polygons because the target standard for the polygons was a minimum mapping unit (MMU) of 5 hectares, thus...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Humpback Chub (Gila cypha) and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Joint Mark-Recapture Data and Model, Colorado River, Arizona

These data were compiled for a joint mark-recapture analysis of humpback chub and rainbow trout and include capture histories for both species, as well as environmental covariates associated with monthly time steps used to measure survival and growth and environmental covariates used to predict capture probability during each sampling trip. This worksheet also include parameter estimates and...

Date published: January 1, 2018

County Proportion of Cultivated Agriculture 2012 Colorado Plateau

County cultivated agriculture area from county census data (NASS, 2012). NASS [National Agricultural Statistics Service]. 2014. Quick Stats 2.0. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., USA.

Date published: January 1, 2018

Undiscovered Natural Gas Liquids Colorado Plateau

This dataset is based on U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) resource assessments for “undiscovered” natural gas liquid resources, which are resources that have not yet been extensively proven by drilling (USGS 2014). Individual resource assessments describe the amount of petroleum resources in units with similar geologic features. We quantified the density of natural gas liquid...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Central Mojave Desert Vegetation Mapping Project, California, 1997-1999: Mojave Vegetation Polygons

The Central Mojave Vegetation Polygons shapefile represents areas of the Mojave Desert classified into vegetation classes or alliances representative of the area from 1997-1999. The classification of these areas were derived from context gathered in the field data, repeat photographs and additional satellite imagery that is not included in this data release. The original map coverage was...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Laboratory experiment data—turbidity response to increasing silt and clay concentration

These data were compiled during a laboratory experiment showing the turbidity response to increasing silt and clay concentration. The sediment used for the laboratory experiment was collected in the Grand Canyon study area, from the bank of the Little Colorado River, approximately 1 kilometer upstream from its confluence with the Colorado River. The sediment was passed through a 63 µm...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Potential Land-use Intensity, Aridification Trends, Overlap, and Impact Scenarios, Geospatial Data, Colorado Plateau, USA

These geospatial data characterize the potential for geographic overlap among land-use practices and between land-use and climate change on the Colorado Plateau—a dryland region experiencing rapid changes in land-use and facing aridification. They were used to characterize spatial patterns and temporal trends in aridification, land-use, and recreation at the county and 10-km2 grid...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Wind Power Potential 2010 Colorado Plateau

Areas with high potential for utility-grade wind power were based on wind energy adjusted to 80 m and excluding protected areas and land-cover types unsuitable for wind installations (Elliot et. al. 1986, NREL 2010). Data were originally in classes, 3-7, but were assigned 1/0 values for this dataset, and then averaged to create a 10 km2 grid. See citations for details on raw data. Elliot, D....

Date published: January 1, 2018

Central Mojave Desert Vegetation Mapping Project, California, 1997-1999: Plots Points and Repeat Photographs

The Mojave Plots Points data are 1,219 plot locations in the Central Mojave Desert where field data were recorded and repeat photographs were taken from 1997-1999 to provide context for the classification of the Central Mojave Desert into various vegetation classes. The 1,219 plot locations in the plots points shapefile (plots_points.shp) are each assigned a unique identifier called the...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Early Season Invasives Mapping 2001 - 2010, Washington County, Utah, USA

Invasive annual plants such as red brome (Bromus rubens), cheatgrass (B. tectorum), and African mustard (Malcomia africana) can have profound impacts on dryland ecosystems. Potential impacts include the alteration of fuel loads and fire regimes, as well as the competitive displacement of native plant populations. Both of these impacts can significantly degrade habitat quality for wildlife and...

Date published: January 1, 2018

County Population 2100 Baseline Scenario Colorado Plateau

Future county population was based on projections for 2100 from the Spatially Explicit Regional Growth Model (SERGoM; Theobald 2005). SERGoM simulates population based on existing patterns of growth by census block, groundwater well and road density, and transportation distance to urban areas, while constraining the pattern of development to areas outside of protected areas and urban areas (...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Dataset for plant production responses to climate across water-limited regions

This dataset was constructed from readily available open source climate and vegetation data, like Landsat. This dataset represents the vegetation and climate conditions for a large number of points across the major deserts of the SW USA. The dataset was constructed in order to use the climate pivot point approach (Munson et al. 2013) at the landscape level. Originally this dataset was much...