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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for
conservation geography, 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)
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:
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, email 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."
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. (Coast Route, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: 831-667-2543 Director: John Smiley, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
"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
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
"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: email@example.com)
"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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org) projects: Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecological
Sustainability, Ecosystem and Landscape Modeling, Hurricane Andrew.
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: email@example.com. GIS Contact: James L.
David Smith Associate Professor, Phone: 612-624-5369 e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org,
GIS Contact: Anup Joshi, email: email@example.com)..."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 Bangkok 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."
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:firstname.lastname@example.org ) "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
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: email@example.com 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),
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.