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About the Southwest Information Node

Map showing the geographic coverage of the NBII Southwest Information Node
Image: Geographic coverage of SWIN

The Southwest Information Node (SWIN) includes the states of Arizona, Colorado Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Currently, SWIN provides access to biological databases involving these states and hosts information tools tailored to address the complex environmental issues of the Southwest. In the future, SWIN will link data to additional models, establish common data sets for multi-agency projects, and continue to network scientists and managers who rely on biological information. Other plans involve maintaining and updating the data in existing applications, providing access to more biological data, and developing new applications to enhance access to these data.

SWIN is a collaboration among two USGS Centers, the Fort Collins Science Center and the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. Other partners include the University of New Mexico, the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University, and the Laboratory for Environmental Spatial Analysis at New Mexico State University.

Our Partners
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CollapseMontana State University, Big Sky Institute
The Big Sky Institute at Montana State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating, applying, and communicating science-based knowledge. The BSI Ecological Informatics Lab brings together natural sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, information technology, and computational programming with a comprehensive goal of making ecological data more useful to society. BSI partners with several NBII Nodes to disseminate information and to create value-added tools for interacting with data.
Partner Type: University Partners
Node Affiliation: Bird Conservation Node; California Node; Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Node; Great Basin Project; Mountain Prairie Node; Pacific Northwest Node; Pollinators Project; Southwest Node
ExpandNew Mexico State University, Laboratory for Environmental Spatial Analysis
ExpandNorthern Arizona University, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center ( USGS-FORT )
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Gap Analysis Program ( GAP )
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center ( USGS-SBSC )
ExpandUniversity of New Mexico

Southwest Fact Sheet

Southwest Fact Sheet

In the Southwest, federal resource agencies, environmental organizations, corporations, and the public need access to critical biological information to more effectively address the conflicting demands on natural resources. When fully implemented, SWIN will provide access to hundreds of biological databases and will host a suite of information tools tailored to address the complex environmental issues of the Southwest. These tools will let the users browse, model, map, simulate, forecast, interpret, and visualize biological and environmental conditions and processes.

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Node Management

Julie Prior-Magee

Node Manager

U.S. Geological Survey

575 646-1084



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