The Conservation Analysis Unit (CAU) maintains authoritative datasets on California’s wildlife, vegetation and habitats, conducts research to address conservation questions, and develops and maintains a suite of tools which leverage this information to assist a variety of stakeholders with conservation decision-making.
We seek to further knowledge and understanding of priority conservation areas through our data acquisitions and research programs which focus on landscape-level spatial analyses. These include habitat suitability modeling, species range and distribution modeling, climate change vulnerability assessments, habitat connectivity modeling, and the compilation and integration of other landscape datasets.
One example is the recently updated California Terrestrial Habitat Connectivity map (adjacent). Building off the 2010 California Essential Habitat Connectivity map, this new 2019 map was developed to support conservation planning efforts by allowing users to spatially evaluate the relative contribution of an area to terrestrial habitat connectivity based on results of statewide, regional, and other connectivity analyses currently available. The map will continue to be refined with new information. Go to the Areas of Conservation Emphasis page for further information and to access the interactive viewer. Your feedback is welcome.