The 2010 Assessment: Analytical Framework

The 2010 Assessment examines three themes, broken into 11 subthemes. For each subtheme, the Analytical Framework involves using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to perform a spatial analysis of the pattern of assets and threats across landscapes. Location information on various assets, and potential threats to those assets, are taken together to determine priority landscapes, which is used to identify high value / high threat areas. These priority landscapes rank areas for where action is needed in terms of acquiring funding for applying various tools that can result in the desired future landscape condition.

Analytical FrameworkGIS information enters the analysis in two places (see boxes in Analytical Framework diagram):

  • Assets: Items of commercial and non-commercial value, both natural and human-made. Examples are areas of buildings, commercial standing timber and production of water.
  • Threats: Agents that can trigger major negative impacts on assets. Examples include wildfire, development and insect outbreaks.
Results from the analysis are (see the Analytical Framework diagram):
  • Priority Landscapes: used to locate high value / high threat areas where action is needed in terms of applying available tools towards a desired future landscape condition.

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