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South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint 2.2

Created: 2/24/2015 - Updated: 12/13/2018


The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies opportunities for shared conservation action in the face of future changes like sea-level rise and urban growth.

The latest update to the Blueprint, Version 2.2, was released in November 2017. The Blueprint is totally data-driven, prioritizing the lands and waters of the South Atlantic based on the current condition of terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and cross-ecosystem indicators. Through a connectivity analysis, the Blueprint also identifies corridors that link coastal and inland areas and span climate gradients. So far, more than 500 people from 150 different organizations have actively participated in developing the Blueprint. The South Atlantic Blueprint also integrates with a broader Southeast-wide plan as part of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS).

The Blueprint has been used in more than thirty different projects, helping members of the cooperative bring national fire resilience funding to the region, compete for coastal wetlands protection grants, provide landscape-scale context for public lands planning, plan for major disasters, and prioritize fish passage efforts. Through a transparent process, a science-based plan, and a user-friendly product, the South Atlantic LCC intends the Blueprint to eventually become a "gold standard" for guiding large landscape conservation.

The Blueprint is available online through two mapping viewers: the Simple Viewer and the Conservation Planning Atlas. The Simple Viewer summarizes Blueprint priorities, indicator status, and supporting information within subwatersheds and marine lease blocks. The Conservation Planning Atlas allows users to overlay additional datasets, view indicator layers, and download Blueprint data.


  • Land and water managers looking to see how their conservation efforts can add up to something bigger
  • Natural resource professionals looking to figure out where to get the most “bang for the buck” in the face of future changes (e.g., sea level rise, climate change, urban growth)
  • Urban planners and members of an open space committees that want to figure out how their efforts can fit into a regional open space / green infrastructure plan.
  • Cultural resource professionals looking to partner with natural resource organizations to sustain our cultural heritage and tell the story of the South Atlantic region
  • Foundations and non-profits looking to see how their conservation investments can be part of a large scale collaborative adaptation strategy for natural and cultural resources
  • Infrastructure planners looking for ways to balance green and grey infrastructure
  • Anyone looking to help shape the future of the South Atlantic 


Hilary Morris

The mission of the South Atlantic LCC: Facilitate conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources, guided by a shared adaptive blueprint.


Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Flow patterns
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Tool: 
GIS Mapping
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Climate Type: 
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