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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)

Scholarly papers and ESRI Conference Proceedings

British Wetlands: Effective Management with GIS (1996 Abstract, Deborah Solomon and P. Dampney)..ADAS together with the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITE) have been commissioned to formulate wetland management policies targeted at restoring and enhancing wetlands within ESAs .This paper describes a Wetlands GIS which has been developed as a decision support tool to assist in the formulation of these policies.

California Rivers Assessment On-Line Query System (1995 Paper, Karen Beardsley, Harvey Chinn, and James F. Quinn)...The purpose of CARA is to develop an information system that can provide a comprehensive inventory and evaluation of California's river resources and to make this information easily accessible to decision-makers and the general public. The World-Wide Web serves as a vehicle for disseminating this data in a user-friendly fashion. Our intention is to move beyond the simple display of static snapshots of river data by allowing non-specialist users to query public information on river resources.

GIS Techniques for Evaluating Wetland Maps Derived from Remotely Sensed Data (1996 Paper, Joseph Spruce, Risa Wu, Russell Berry)...NASA's Commercial Remote Sensing Program Office performed a study to evaluate the utility of commercially available remote sensing technology for deriving wetland classification and mapping products for the NWI. This paper discusses GIS techniques used to assist this investigation. This project involved processing each remotely sensed data set into wetness maps for comparisons against NWI maps and GPS-based field survey data.

Kissimmee River Restoration: Overview of Inventory and Analysis Process and the Conceptual Land Use and Natural Resources Management Report (1996 Paper, Paul D. Kissinger, ASLA)...A primary goal for both the Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000 programs is to have the Kissimmee River and associated land be used for public recreation without causing the degradation of the natural resources of the river corridor. As landscape architects and lead consultants for the project, E D S A worked with various professionals to develop a methodology for the inventory and analysis of what the post-restoration conditions is projected to be for the Kissimmee River Ecosystem.

Methods of Inventory and Targeting Wetlands Restoration Areas Using Multidate Satellite Imagery and GIS (1996 Paper, Richard G. Kempka, Ruth E. Spell, Andrew T. Lewis, Frederic A. Reid, Scott Flint and Kari Lewis)...Satellite images collected from two seasons in 1993 were processed to inventory wetlands and other landcovers in the Central Valley of California. The results of this inventory were incorporated into a GIS model used to evaluate waterfowl carrying capacity, to target potential areas for wetland restoration, and will ultimately be used to help ensure that reliable water sources are available for managed wetlands as mandated by the Central Valley Improvement Act (CVPIA) of 1991.

NC Crews: A Landscape Approach to Evaluating Wetland Ecological Function (1996 Abstract, Lori Sutter)...The need for improved wetland management required North Carolina coastal wetland managers to develop new technologies to identify and assess the resource. An overlay analysis of existing data allowed the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) to locate coastal area wetlands. These data become the basis of a wetland functional assessment procedure (NC CREWS - Coastal Region Evaluation of Wetland Significance). Using ArcInfo AML and menu interfaces, NC CREWS considers such characteristics as landscape position, stream order, proximity to pollutant source and the juxtaposition of other habitats to determine the relative significance of each wetland on the landscape.

Using ArcScan, PhotoGIS, AMLs and Digital Orthophotos for Converting Wetland Delineation into Digital Form . (1995 Abstract, William J. Guazzo, Feng Yang)...A series of techniques for developing a digital wetland data layer has been developed by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass.DEP). This includes wetland interpretation from color infrared aerial (CIR) photos, field checking, and conversion to digital form. Traditionally, the conversion involves zoom-transferring and manual digitizing. The technique developed by Mass.DEP is on-screen.


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