Assessing Vulnerability to Land Use and Climate Change at Landscape Scales Using Landforms and Physiographic Diversity as Coarse-Filter Targets

  • David M. Theobald
  • William B. Monahan
  • Dylan Harrison-Atlas
  • Andrew J. Hansen
  • Patrick Jantz
  • John E. Gross
  • S. Thomas Olliff


In this chapter, we examine how climate change will likely affect areas of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Great Northern LCC), but rather than using a fine-filter approach that focuses on a particular species, as has been done in many of the other chapters (e.g., chaps. 9, 10, and 12), we have applied a coarse-filter approach with which we consider our conservation targets to be broader levels of biodiversity. A coarse-filter approach focuses not on an individual species but, rather, on the community that supports a species (Noss 1987) or even on the physical environments as “arenas” of biological activity (Hunter, Jacobson, and Webb 1988). More recently, coarse-filter conservation has been interpreted in a climate change context, in which coarse-filter strategies seek to conserve sites that are minimally affected by climate change (Tingley, Darling, and Wilcove 2014).


Adaptive Capacity Couple Model Intercomparison Project Phase Representative Concentration Pathway Conservation Target Riparian Corridor 
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  • David M. Theobald
  • William B. Monahan
  • Dylan Harrison-Atlas
  • Andrew J. Hansen
  • Patrick Jantz
  • John E. Gross
  • S. Thomas Olliff

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