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GIS applications to wilderness management: potential uses and limitations

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly being used in all areas of natural resource management. This paper first presents a brief primer on GIS, and then discusses potential applications of GIS to wilderness management in the areas of inventorying, monitoring, analysis, planning, and communication.

A geospatial search engine for discovering multi-format geospatial data across the web

Publications Posted on: May 27, 2015
The volume of publically available geospatial data on the web is rapidly increasing due to advances in server-based technologies and the ease at which data can now be created. However, challenges remain with connecting individuals searching for geospatial data with servers and websites where such data exist.

Leveraging the geospatial advantage

Publications Posted on: September 10, 2013
The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) web-based application leverages geospatial data to inform strategic decisions on wildland fires. A specialized data team, working within the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application group (WFM RD&A), assembles authoritative national-level data sets defining values to be protected.

Accuracy assessment of maps of forest condition: Statistical design and methodological considerations [Chapter 5]

Publications Posted on: April 29, 2009
No thematic map is perfect. Some pixels or polygons are not accurately classified, no matter how well the map is crafted. Therefore, thematic maps need metadata that sufficiently characterize the nature and degree of these imperfections. To decision-makers, an accuracy assessment helps judge the risks of using imperfect geospatial data.

Planning Quality for Successful International Environmental Monitoring

Publications Posted on: March 08, 2007
Federal, State, and municipal government entities are increasingly depending on geospatial data for a myriad of purposes. This trend is expected to continue. Information sharing and interoperability are in line with the Federal Executive Order 12906 (Clinton, 1994) which calls for the establishment of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). If other organizations voluntarily implement the U.S.