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How does this tool work?

Online reporting systems like the Greenprint report report tool query, one at a time, a range of layers to build individual area reports. The volume of data in the Greenprint meant we could not rely on that approach - each report would take many minutes to run. Instead, we created a "fishnet" - a grid of 30-meter square polygons across the region, where each grid cell contains values for many different metrics. Creating an area report then involves selecting the correct grid cells (those within the area the user selected) and summing, averaging, or otherwise aggregating the values for each of the metrics.

Precise unit values have been assigned to the fishnet cells - data layers have not been downsampled. Not all data can be accurately reflected in the grid. Those that would double-count, exclude, or misrepresent attributes are handled outside of the fishnet. Those variables not in the fishnet are maintained in their original form. This combination of methods allows for both fast performance and accurate results. Metrics we expect to update frequently are also maintained outside of the fishnet.

Note that most data is clipped to the nine-county Bay Area, so reports that extend outside the edge of the Bay Area will be incomplete.

What am I downloading?

The product you are downloading is precisely what the online tool uses - a feature class of vector points, representing the centroids of the 30-meter fishnet grid overlaying the Bay Area. Why centroids and not the polygon grids? Because it's significantly smaller in size, and easier to use when summarizing at your own custom geographies. Note that this is still a very large dataset at 4+ GB in size. It contains over 20 million records and more than 80 fields.

The download package includes a data dictionary describing all the fields in the fishnet, their units of measurement, and math needed to be performed on each in order to match the content of the Greenprint report. For those metrics that did not fit into the fishnet, the data dictionary lists those as well, along with links to their definitions and sources.

Included in the data download package:

How do I use it?

If you're working on a project that changes its footprint frequently, or a series of many projects (dozens or even hundreds), you may want to use this data on your own desktop rather than uploading individual project shapefiles over and over again. If that does not describe your needs, we encourage you to read through this documentation before committing to running the data on your own. We estimate it will take as long as a full workday to download everything and work through how to use it on your own.

Can I download all the data myself from original sources?

Most of the data used in the Greenprint tool are freely available online. Look at the glossary for individual data source citations and links, and please feel free to reach out to us with questions ( Some datasets require a license (such as CNDDB, the California Natural Diversity Database), some were exclusively shared with the Greenprint team and are not yet available to the public (such as RAMP, the Regional Advance Mitigation Project), and some are compound datasets created by the Greenprint team (such as Important Habitat for Threatened and Endangered Vertebrates).


Changes in each version

Version 7 — Sept. 7, 2022

New 30x30 theme, and 7 layers newly updated or added
  • In the web reporting system, we added a new 30x30 theme and associated metrics. 
  • Updates to 7 layers across the themes Overview, Recreation, Resilience, and 30x30


  • Updated: Protected lands by fee, CPAD 2022a
  • Updated: Conservation easements, CCED 2022a
  • Updated: Wildland Urban Interface
  • Updated: Communities of Concern
  • Updated: Disadvantaged Communities, CalEnviroScreen 4.0


  • Updated: Publicly accessible recreation lands, CPAD and CCED 2022a


  • Added: Wildland Urban Interface
  • Added: Disadvantaged Communities, CalEnviroScreen 4.0


  • New: Native Lands
  • New: Land Cover types - Conifer, Conifer/Hardwood Mix, Hardwood, Herbaceous, Shrub
  • Added: MTC Equity Priority Areas (formerly called Communities of Concern)
  • Other metrics in our 30x30 theme already existed in other themes.


For any questions, please use the CONTACT link at the bottom right corner of this page.


Version 6 — April 6, 2022

New Resilience theme, and 15 layers newly updated or added.
  • In the web reporting system, we added a new Resilience theme and associated metrics. This fishnet version includes new data to support that theme.
  • New data for 4 layers in the newly added Resilience theme
  • Updates to 11 existing layers across the themes Overview, Agriculture, Biodiversity & Habitat, and Water, which are now also included in Resilience.



  • Updated: Historic Wildfires since 1950
  • Updated: Fire Hazard Severity Zone, and corrected a discrepancy that affected existing data in some areas



  • Removed: Crop not fallowed in recent years
  • Updated: Additional Water (mm) For Irrigation - Warmer and Wetter
  • Updated: Additional Water (mm) For Irrigation - Hotter and Drier


Biodiversity & Habitat

  • Updated: Landscape Refugia
  • Updated: Exposure
  • Updated: Prioritized Natural Habitats (Landscape Refugia; Exposure)



  • Updated: Existing data ‘Sea level rise -- 5' inundation area’ replaced by new data ‘Sea Level Rise - Medium-High Risk Aversion scenario by 2100’
  • Updated: Existing data ‘Sea level rise -- 50cm + 100-year storm inundation area’ replaced by new data ‘Sea Level Rise - Medium-High Risk Aversion scenario by 2050’
  • Updated: Natural Baylands
  • Updated: Coastal Resilience



  • New: Climate Migration Route
  • New: High Fire Hazard in Priority Habitats
  • New: Coastal Habitat Vulnerability
  • New: Coastal Habitat Migration Space


For any questions, please use the CONTACT link at the bottom right corner of this page.



Version 5 — Oct. 13, 2020

5 new data layers and fishnet fields, along with updates to an additional 15 layers


5 new data layers and fishnet fields, along with updates to an additional 15 layers

  • New data for Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, Air Pollution Sequestration Potential (PM2.5 and NO2), Priority Landscapes for Tree Planting, Land Cover, and a new metric calculation in the fishnet for Protected Lands by Fee Or Easement
  • Updates to 15 existing layers across the themes Overview, Agriculture, Biodiversity & Habitat, Carbon & Air Quality, Water, and Recreation



  • Updated: Priority Development Areas (map only, not in fishnet)
  • Updated: Protected Lands by Fee
  • Updated: Conservation Easement
  • New: Protected Lands by Fee Or Easement


  • Updated: Suitable Grazing Land
  • Updated: Farmland of Local Importance
  • Updated: Prime Farmland
  • Updated: Farmland of Statewide Importance
  • Updated: Unique Farmland
  • Updated: Agricultural Lands

Biodiversity & Habitat

  • Updated: Hotspots of Species Requiring Compensatory Mitigation
  • Updated: Key Riparian Corridor
  • Updated: Conservation Lands Network
  • New: Land Cover (map only, not in fishnet)

Carbon & Air Quality

  • New: Air Pollution Sequestration Potential of PM2.5 by Natural Lands
  • New: Air Pollution Sequestration Potential of NO2 by Natural Lands
  • Updated: Soil Carbon (internal metric calculation only, no changes to fishnet)


  • New: Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems
  • Updated: Naturalness of Active River Area


  • Updated: Publicly Accessible Recreational Lands

Urban Greening

  • New: Priority Landscapes for Tree Planting

Version 4 — Dec. 19, 2019

Data additions on Stormwater, Urban Greening, and Recreation


Addition of 8 new layers to the fishnet, with a focus on stormwater, popularity of outdoor locations, pollution exposure risk, and displacement risk. This download includes layers added in both Version 3 and Version 4.



  • Displacement Typologies


  • Peak Flow Retention


  • Popularity of Scenic Outdoor Locations

Urban Greening

  • Pollution PM2.5 Exposure Risk
  • Stormwater Infiltration To Groundwater (Developed Land)
  • Stormwater Infiltration To Groundwater (Stormwater Recharge)
  • Economic Value of Stormwater Retention
  • Avoided Pollutant Load

Version 2 — Sept. 1, 2018

Major new Urban Greening component and additional data additions


Addition of 18 new layers to the fishnet, with a focus on hazard assessments, soil ratings, and community vulnerability indices in urban areas

Irrigation Capability Class
Soil Storie Index

Urban Forest Carbon

Fire Hazard Severity Zone
Historic Wildfires
Liquefaction Susceptibility
Priority Development Areas
Rainfall-induced Landslides
Seismic Hazard
Tsunami Inundation Area
Wildland-Urban Interface

Bicycle Routes
SF Bay Area Water Trail Launch Sites (Existing and Planned)

Urban Greening
Disadvantaged Communities
Pollution Cancer Exposure
Communities of Concern
Park Need
Urban Heat Island (Air Temperature)

  • New metrics added to the Overview, Carbon, Agriculture, Recreation, and Urban Greening elements of the Conservation Report
  • Minimum reporting acreage improved to 5 acres


Version 1 — June 21, 2017

Initial release

Initial release of the Greenprint Fishnet dataset.