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Open-File Report 2010-1324

Great Basin Integrated Landscape Monitoring Pilot Summary Report

By Sean P. Finn, Kate Kitchell, Lori Anne Baer, David Bedford, Matthew L. Brooks, Alan L. Flint, Lorraine E. Flint, J.R. Matchett, Amy Mathie, David M. Miller, David Pilliod, Alicia Torregrosa, and Andrea Woodward


The Great Basin Integrated Landscape Monitoring Pilot project (GBILM) was one of four regional pilots to implement the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Thrust on Integrated Landscape Monitoring (ILM) whose goal was to observe, understand, and predict landscape change and its implications on natural resources at multiple spatial and temporal scales and address priority natural resource management and policy issues. The Great Basin is undergoing rapid environmental change stemming from interactions among global climate trends, increasing human populations, expanding and accelerating land and water uses, invasive species, and altered fire regimes. GBLIM tested concepts and developed tools to store and analyze monitoring data, understand change at multiple scales, and forecast landscape change. The GBILM endeavored to develop and test a landscape-level monitoring approach in the Great Basin that integrates USGS disciplines, addresses priority management questions, catalogs and uses existing monitoring data, evaluates change at multiple scales, and contributes to development of regional monitoring strategies. GBILM functioned as an integrative team from 2005 to 2010, producing more than 35 science and data management products that addressed pressing ecosystem drivers and resource management agency needs in the region. This report summarizes the approaches and methods of this interdisciplinary effort, identifies and describes the products generated, and provides lessons learned during the project.

First posted December 21, 2010

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Suggested citation:

Finn, S.P., Kitchell, Kate, Baer, Lori Anne, Bedford, David, Brooks, M.L., Flint, A.L., Flint, L.E., Matchett, J.R., Mathie, Amy, Miller, D.M., Pilliod, David, Torregrosa, Alicia, and Woodward, Andrea, 2010, Great Basin Integrated Landscape Monitoring Pilot Summary Report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1324, 50 p.




Statement of the Problem: Why Focus on the Great Basin?

Area of Interest

Goals and Objectives

Process and Approach

Sub-Pilot Projects

Significant Outcomes and Products

Increasing the Value of GBILM Investment

Lessons Learned

References Cited

Appendix A. Team Membership and Other Contributors to GBILM

Appendix B. Description of Priority Ecosystem Drivers in the Great Basin

Appendix C. Key Products from GBILM through FY2010

Appendix D. Interface GBILM Objectives with USGS Science Strategy

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