The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) evaluated species and habitats near the Gulf coast using the Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA).
This analysis includes 4 habitats and 11 species (6 birds, 1 reptile, 2 fish, 2 invertebrates).
A total of 11 species were included in the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) including 6 birds, 1 reptile, 2 fish and 2 invertebrates. For each species, a vulnerability score of “low,” “moderate,” “high” or “very high” is offered for 3 ecoregions. For most species, vulnerability was the same or similar across all 3 ecoregions. Overall, the Southern Coastal Plan (SCP) ecoregion had the highest vulnerability scores across species.
A total of 4 habitats were included in the assessment, “barrier island,” “mangrove,” “oyster reef” and “tidal emergent marsh.” A vulnerability score of “low,” “moderate,” “high” or “very high” is offered for 3 ecoregions, although for most habitats, vulnerability scores are the same or similar across ecoregions.
The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment included six ecoregions across the Gulf coast. Three of these overlap with Florida:
Species were selected that have a distribution throughout the Gulf and include those that would be representative of other species. Habitats were selected based on data availability and models.
Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA) and SIVVA-Natural Communities methods were used to evaluate the vulnerability of species and ecosystems.
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