Tools

Looking for tools you can use to explore the intersection of wind energy, wildlife, and habitat? This page is for you.

Landscape Assessment Tool

The LAT is GIS-based, publicly-available mapping tool that collates and displays biological information that is relevant to wind-energy development. The tool was built and is maintained by AWWI and The Nature Conservancy.

Users can display web-based maps featuring information culled from over 1,000 data layers relevant to the identification of potential wildlife and environmental impacts and to landscape-level screening for potential project sites. The LAT is a currently the only national decision support tool for energy development, with a focus on the data most relevant to wind energy.

AWWI’s Wind-Wildlife Landscape Assessment Tool saves valuable time as we look into preliminary, Tier 1 analysis of potential sites for wind energy projects. I can get information, including a full report, in a very short amount of time, which would otherwise take several hours to compile from various data sources.  In addition to the time savings for the Tier 1 analysis itself, in a couple of cases, it has helped us quickly eliminate high risk sites from further consideration, which saved considerable time and money.”
Timothy A. Hayes, Environmental Director, Duke Energy Renewables

The LAT is available online!

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LAT Fact Sheet (pdf file)

The LAT offers early guidance about possible sensitivity of a site within a larger landscape context and can help identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas likely to have low wildlife risk. It can also inform the development of conservation plans, monitoring plans, and mitigation strategies.

The LAT includes data on:

  • potential distribution of endangered and other protected species
  • potential distribution of species of conservation concern
  • designated critical habitat for endangered species
  • land ownership and land use
  • wind resource
The critical habitat data layer alone covers 225 species, including amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, and plants!

Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions

Comprehensive Guide CoverThis resource document of the NWCC is intended as a guide for those involved in designing, conducting, or requiring wind energy/wildlife interaction studies.

The document follows a general framework for progressing through the decision process for a proposed wind project and a guide to methods and metrics for use in the necessary studies. The guide is relevant to the study of any wildlife species, although the focus is on birds and bats.

Research Information System

**Coming in 2014**

For information on development of the RIS, please visit our Technological Innovations page.

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