Advance Applied Research and Conservation Technology
At the Dangermond Preserve we aim to bring cutting-edge technology to the world of conservation and enable state-of-the-art capabilities with advanced tools and breakthrough solutions. To do this we continue to build the Dangermond Preserve digital twin—an open data repository and cyber-infrastructure—to advance access to data streams and analytics emerging from the Preserve and its research partners.
Public View COMING SOON.
Staff and Partners with login credentials please proceed below.
Please click here to go directly to our ArcGIS Hub site - Dangermond Preserve’s Geospatial Hub and view primary geospatial data, applications, webmaps, storymaps, and more from the Preserve.
We maintain and host geospatial layers for staff, partners, and public use through ESRI’s cloud storage and geospatial platform: ArcGIS Online (AGOL). At Dangermond Preserve/ PCI, we currently have over 100+ geospatial layers and 80+ users of these resources.
Are you a researcher or partner working with us at the Preserve already? Want to submit your dataset?
We have partnered with DataOne and the National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to host research/scientific data emerging from the Preserve and issue Digital Object Identifiers (DOI).
Real Time Sensors
View time-series and near to real-time data streams emerging from the Dangermond Preserve. These data streams include weather stations, radars, cameras, and more.
View live streaming data from weather stations at the Preserve through Dendra
Other live-streaming instrumentation deployed in conjunction with partners includes:
- A Marine Monitor System—recording and reporting vessel traffic in Cojo Bay and the Point Conception State Marine Reserve.
- A telemetry tower called MOTUS, which tracks tagged birds along their migration past Point Conception.
- A live streaming AlertWildfire camera to spot and monitor fire and smoke on the Preserve.
- Santa Barbara County Rain Gauge near Point Conception.
- An ocean current radar system.
We are constantly updating and installing new instrumentation. Please check back as more stations come online.
Remote Sensing and Imagery
The Dangermond Preserve has several primary image collections, including:
- 2022 Feb-May AVIRIS-NG Hyperspectral Flights - SHIFT Campaign
- 2019 4-Band (RGB, IR) for the full extent of the Preserve
- 2018 RGB for the full extent of the Preserve
- 2018 LiDAR acquired for the full extent of the Preserve
- UAV Imagery of the coastline and restoration sites
Most image collections and acquisitions are stored in S3 buckets on the AWS Cloud as well as local directories. Please get in touch with our staff if you would like access to our imagery.
Soon we aim to publish primary imagery assets through ArcGIS Imagery Online to enable on-demand raster analytics for users.
Some other public image collections available for use are:
A few static maps highlighting various aspects of the Preserve.
Click the link to open in a new tab and save it to your own workspace. Most maps are georeferenced PDFs that can be used in applications like Avenza Maps for navigation on-site.
View and contribute species observations in iNaturalist’s Jack and Laura Dangermond Project Site
View and contribute bird species observations at several eBird hotspots
View local data and interactive atlas of the Santa Barbara County Blueprint
Click the button below to find a list of publications related to research and reports from the Dangermond Preserve and the Point Conception Institute.
Data Policies, Acknowledgments, and Citations
Please cite and/or acknowledge the Dangermond Preserve in your work using this citation and DOI. This helps us to track all resulting publications.
The Nature Conservancy (2017): Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. The Nature Conservancy. Physical Object. https://doi.org/10.25497/D7159W
TNC and the Dangermond Preserve are in general supportive of open access to data and public data sharing to support scientific inquiry, transparency, and public engagement in conservation.
Exceptions to this include categories of data and specific locational information the sharing of which could present a risk to natural and cultural resources, property trespass, vandalism, and other threats to Preserve infrastructure.
Cultural information: Information on cultural and archeological sites is securely managed by the Central Coast Information Center (CICC) and is not publicly available. Any artifacts found onsite should not be disturbed and are protected by federal and state laws.
Sensitive species: Special status species information is managed through California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB). Research and survey work will likely reveal new and more granular locational information on sensitive species and new information will be evaluated for potential risks, described above, before being shared publicly.
Several categories of species present particular risks from trespass, poaching, and vandalism. These include nesting locations of predatory birds, mushrooms, and Dudleya. We recommend that any locational information on predatory birds, mushrooms, and Dudleya not be shared publicly including through social media and community science applications like iNaturalist.
We are constantly soliciting informal feedback from collaborators and users on our data products. If you have a question or identify an issue with one of the datasets, please contact us.