National Park Service

Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)

Park Analysis and Monitoring Support (PALMS)

Ecological condition of US National Parks: Enhancing decision support through monitoring, analysis, and forecasting

PALMS is a joint project between the NPS, Montana State University, Woods Hole Research Institute, Colorado State University, and NASA Ames Research Center. The project was launched by a grant from the NASA Applied Sciences Program and support from the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program.

This site provides access to project products and related and supporting publications. The project is now largely completed, and project collaborators are finishing up documents, data sets, methods, and are in the process of cataloging and posting materials on NPS servers for long-term storage and access. This site provides the easiest access to PALMS products. As products are finalized, they will be uploaded and be permanently available via IRMA.


PALMS Products


Indicator Briefs

(3 February 2011 versions)


Final Summary Reports

  • Goetz, S.J. and others. 2011. Landscape conditions and trends in and around Delaware Water Gap and Upper Delaware National Recreation Areas: summary of findings. Report to National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Hansen, A.J., and others. 2010. Landscape conditions and trends in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks: summary results. Report to National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Theobald, D.M., and others. 2010. Landscape conditions and trends in and around Rocky Mountain National Park: summary results. Report to National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.

Indicator Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Technical Documents

Biotic Integrity - eastern watersheds

  • Goetz, S.J. and G. Fiske. 2009. PALMS SOP – GIS Methodology for mapping Biotic Integrity and Indicator Taxa across watersheds in the eastern USA. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Goetz, S.J. and G. Fiske. 2008. Linking the diversity and abundance of stream biota to landscapes in the Mid-Atlantic USA. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:4075-4085.

Impervious Cover

Phenology and Climate

Ecosystem type and fragmentation

Protected Area Centered Ecosystems (PACE)

Natural Landscapes

  • Theobald, D.M. 2009. PALMS SOP – Landscape dynamics, pattern of natural landscapes. Natural Resource Inventory and Monitoring Program. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Theobald, D.M. 2010. Estimating natural landscape changes from 1992 to 2030 in the conterminous US. Landscape Ecology 25: 999-1011.
  • The natural landscape data set is too large to post here - contact John Gross at NPS, Ft Collins, or Dave Theobald.

SOPs shared with NPScape - population, housing

Population from census data; housing density

As of early 2011, many NPScape SOPs and scripts are undergoing revision. The current version of NPScape products, including SOPs, scripts, and data, can be obtained via the public NPScape web site: http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/monitor/npscape/index.cfm or IRMA.

Shared NPScape products include:

  • Population Metrics
  • Census 1990 data
  • Census 2000
  • Census 2000 for islands
  • County-level population projections
  • Housing density

Project documents


Presentations


Presentations from the Santa Fe project meeting 2007


Other Relevant PALMS Publications


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