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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


UCNRS James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, Idyllwild CA e91 . GIS Work: Library, maps, synoptic collections, tree-core samples, and photographic archive cross-referenced on microcomputer. see: James Reserve goes "virtual" after 30 years (by Jana Shaker): "Incorporating species inventories based on nearly 100 years of biological investigations, augmented by concentrated data collection over the past 12 years, the James Reserve homepage will emulate on the Internet's World Wide Web the actual physical reserve and surrounding natural and human environments. Utilizing a database comprised of nearly seven gigabytes of computerized information, the electronic reserve will provide scientists, students, and agencies -- such as the California Department of Forestry -- fingertip-access to text, multimedia, and data files that translate the San Jacinto Mountains, the town of Idyllwild, and nearby mountain communities, into high-resolution detail, literally to the level of individual plants...it will include access to the complete geographic information system (GIS), remote-sensing imagery, biodiversity accounts, reserve user profiles, and reserve research publication bibliography that currently reside at the James Reserve. It will also include an electronic reservation calendar, e-mail post office, and topical discussion area. " GIS and FIRE ECOLOGY NEWS:(by Tim Stephens) "At the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, vegetation and fire-history data have been integrated into the reserve's geographic information system (GIS). This enables resident reserve director Mike Hamilton to use the GIS to assess the fire risk at different sites and plan fire management strategies (see Transect 12:1). Property owners in the neighboring town of Idyllwild can also use the GIS to assess their own fire risk and take appropriate fire prevention and safety measures. "

UCNRS Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve . ( Coast Route, Big Sur, CA 93920 Phone: 831-667-2543 Director: John Smiley, E-mail: jsmiley@cats.ucsc.edu ) "Set in the Santa Lucia Mountains along the Big Sur coast, the Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve encompasses several miles of rugged ridges, which flank the Pacific Ocean and descend to a rocky shoreline."" GIS for FIRE PLANNING (From Transect 16 #2): “It became clear at our first meeting after the fires that this area has not been adequately mapped,” explains Smiley. “Those of us who live here know where the roads are, but emergency personnel don’t have that intricate knowledge of the region.” That knowledge is crucial for emergency evacuations, putting out fires, and attempts to save homes. So Smiley volunteered to coordinate an effort to map Big Sur, from the Palo Colorado Canyon to Monterey County’s southern border. As Big Creek’s reserve manager, Smiley had already begun creating maps on exotic plants and weed management. But the road and topography maps are woefully incomplete. Road damage from the storms put the project on hold this past winter and spring, but today it continues. Smiley is using ArcView, a geographic information system (GIS) software, to map the Big Sur region. His goal is to create a “run book” that fire emergency personnel carry with them on their trucks. “The run book will contain maps and information on whether a house exists along the road, whether there are water sources, such as tanks or swimming pools that firefighters can draw upon, and local contact information.”

UCNRS Santa Cruz Island Reserve (Contact: Lyndal Laughrin, Reserve Director, Natural Reserve System, c/o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 Phone: 805/893-4127 Fax: 805/893-8062 Email: donnam@msi.ucsb.edu . Alternate URL) "Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the California Channel Islands, which lie off the coast of southern California. It is also the largest site in the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS.)...Direct management of the reserve's resources is the responsibility of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which owns the 60,784 acre property comprising the reserve." The UC Field station there also includes a large GIS lab. see Research Reports and Publications . GIS is used in Terrestrial Zoology, Terrestrial Biology, Anthropology, . . Dr. Lael Mertes of UC Santa Barbara oversees the ongoing development of the Reserve's GIS system, and has developed the "Computational Methods for Watershed Analysis" course in ArcInfo, which may be out on CD.

UCNRS Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, Mammoth Lakes CA e93 . GIS Work: Long-term flow and temperature records for Convict Creek and long-term flow data for most nearby streams; climatic data, including windspeed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, precipitation; maps; bibliography of on-site research; synoptic collections.

University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology . (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U-43 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3043 Tel: (860)486-4059 Fax: (860) 486-6364 E-Mail: kent@darwin.eeb.uconn.edu ) "Graduate education and research are the foundation on which we must build long-term conservation efforts. Research provides the data necessary for wise decisions, while graduate education provides the skilled professionals necessary to implement them."

University of Kansas . GIS and Environmental Modeling Laboratory, Ks e95 . (University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA tel: (913)864-7769 FAX: (913)864-7789 . GIS Contact: Dr. Paul M. Rich, Associate Professor, e-mail: prich@oz.kbs.ukans.edu ) "GEMLAB focuses on basic and applied research in bioinformatics using geographical information system (GIS) technology, data integration, and computer modeling. Applications: Map-based analysis, database development, and model development, such as those of GEMLAB, play an increasingly important role for land management, planning, conservation, study of biotic implications of climate change, and basic ecological research. " GIS PROJECTS: .Brunca GIS Project: "Development of a geographical information system (GIS) database for the Brunca Region, Costa Rica" (focus on Las Cruces Biological Station, Golfito Field Station, and vicinity). . . . .-Flint Hills-Osage Plains Ecoregion GIS Project: "Development of a GIS database for the Flint Hills-Osage Plains Ecoregion". . . . -Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Project: "Establishment of National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse (NGDC) nodes for geospatial data concerning biological resources in Central America and Mexico". . . . . -Habitat Modeling Project: "GIS-based biophysical models of habitat". Helios Project: "Development of integrative solar radiation models". . . . -RMBL GIS Project: "Development of a geographic information system (GIS) database for research, education, and management at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL)". . .See also: Helios Environmental Modeling Institute (HEMI): "provides a variety of advanced environmental modeling and measurement capabilities, as well as geographic information system (GIS) consulting services." Products: The Helios Suite of Software . . -HemiView - software for the analysis of hemispherical photographs, now available commercially from Delta-T Devices, Ltd. . . -TopoView - software for calculation of insolation maps from digital elevation models (DEMs). [Order Now] . . -Solar Analyst - software providing solar simulation tools accessible through ArcView GIS, including capabilities of TopoView plus many enhancements. Available in 2000.

University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric Sciences e94 . Center for Marine and Environmental Analyses, GIS Lab. (4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149-1098, tel: 305/361-4000 fax: 305/361-4711 email: resdean@rsmas.miami.edu) projects: Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecological Sustainability, Ecosystem and Landscape Modeling, Hurricane Andrew.

University of Minnesota Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife e92 . (200 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-6124, Phone: (612) 624-3600, FAX: (612) 625-5299 email: webmaster@fw.umn.edu. GIS Contact: James L. David Smith Associate Professor, Phone: 612-624-5369 e-mail : dsmith@forestry.umn.edu, GIS Contact: Anup Joshi, email: joshi002@maroon.tc.umn.edu)..."Our status as one of the nation's top fisheries and wildlife programs is built on a foundation which includes:...Analysis of populations, communities, and ecosystems, particularly through computer modeling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)..See: Landscape analysis of tiger distribution and habitat quality in Nepal (James L. David Smith Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology Program ) GIS STATUS: The ArcView grant will be to establish a spatial data base to be used in assessing the status of tigers in Vietnam. I helped organize a Sub-regional Tiger Workshop in Hanoi and an International Tiger GIS Workshop in Bangkok. Our goal is to develop a GIS for mapping tiger distribution and to use this GIS as a tool to introduce spatial resource analysis and planning to the other 2 organizations. Dr. Anup Joshi who was an instructor at the Bankok Tiger GIS Workshop and I will provide field training and participate in the tiger survey....The Vietnam Tiger Assessment Project is a joint venture between the Vietnam government and the University of Minnesota. It is one of 3 tiger projects that I am involved with (Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam). The Vietnam and Nepal projects were recently funded. The Thailand project was initiated with ESRI help in 1995 and has resulted in the Thailand Tiger Action Plan that was presented at the Tigers 2000 meeting held in Dallas. There is a Tiger Conservation Website that was developed as a part of this project. It is in English, Chinese, and Thai and uses ArcView Map Server." Cambodia/Lao PDR/Vietnam.

University of Montana EOS Training Center . (University of Montana, Missoula MT 59812 tel: (406) 243-6220 fax: (406) 243-4510 . GIS Contact, Andy Weiss, Technical Coordinator, email:adw@ntsg.umt.edu ) "The mission of the center is to take the data stream from EOS-AM1 Terra that is going up on July 28 (If it doesn't blow up on launch) and develop derivative products (mainly from the MODIS 1km instrument) that are useful to land managers, researchers, and educators, training materials in how to access and use these data, and making it accessible via the net, CDROM, or magnetic media. "

University of North Carolina . Dept of Anthropology (301 Alumni Hall, Chapel Hill, NC , GIS Contact, Dr. Scott Madry ) (see also under private research firm Informatics International )

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension Service. (Department of Natural Resources Science, 9 East Alumni Avenue Suite 5, Kingston, RI 02881 tel: (401) 874 5054 email: maps@uri.edu GIS Contact: Dr. Peter August ) "Bringing the tools of modern technology to the citizens and environmental decision-makers of Rhode Island: Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) Data, Global Positioning System (GPS) Base Station Files...Major Categories of GIS Data (as ArcInfo Export Files with matching metadata files): Annotation, Open Space (Recreation and Protected Lands), Boundaries, Parcels / Properties, Cultural, Raster Images, Demographic, Soils, Economic, Transportation, Facilities, Utilities, Geology, Vertical Elevations, Hydrography, Wetlands, Land Use/Land Cover, Hazardous Materials, Natural Resources (Ecology), Zoning."

University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. .(University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 43351 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20176-5631, Phone: (703) 779-7980, (888) 850-8533, FAX: (703) 771-1635 E-mail: execdir@ucgis.org ) . "The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit organization of universities and other research institutions dedicated to advancing our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved theory, methods, technology, and data. UCGIS membership is open to all U.S. academic and research organizations that meet the membership criteria listed on the Membership page.


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996

 

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