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Strategic, data-driven conservation approaches are gaining popularity. A high-resolution geospatial database indicating the ecosystem functions and socioeconomic activity can be very useful for any conservation expert or funding agency. This database presents the developed measures that are derived from openly available geospatial and non-geospatial data sources, and is intended to provide ecological and socioeconomic evidence to support conservation planning efforts along the Gulf Coast Region of the United States. This database was developed by the Strategic Conservation Assessment of Gulf Coast Landscapes (SCA) Project, which is building a series of online tools that can aid in conservation planning efforts along the Gulf Coast Region of the United States. See the following links for more information about the SCA Project ( and the project's online tools (


This geospatial database of 19 ecological and socioeconomic measures for the Gulf Coast Region of the United States was compiled to show evidence for the ecological and socioeconomic benefits that may be associated with the protection of different landscapes. The measures are contained within a hexagonal grid, at a resolution of 1 square kilometer. Each measure belongs to one of five categories (Habitat, Water Quality and Quantity, Living Coastal and Marine Resources, Community Resilience, and Gulf Economy) which align with the goals established by the Gulf Coast Ecosystems Restoration Council.


Mississippi State University

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College of Forest Resources| James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering| Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

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Geosystems Research Institute| Quest Lab


conservation planning, Gulf of Mexico, land conservation


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