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Select Targets

The next step in regional assessments is to select conservation targets (a.k.a. features). These targets are often defined based on biological features (e.g. species, ecosystems) as well as physical features (e.g. seafloor targets based on bathymetry, geomorphology, sediments). Because it is impossible to identify or plan for all elements of biological diversity (e.g., the thousands of species in a region), a subset of targets is usually selected to best represent the diversity of the ecoregion. These targets are often defined based on biological features (e.g., species, ecosystems) and physical features (e.g., bathymetry, sediments).

coastal conditions map

One of the target maps from the Carolinian Assessment indicating shellfish distributions. Click on image to enlarge.

Case Study: Carolinian Ecoregion

In the Carolinian ecoregion, data was gathered spatial data for 36 targets including:

 

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