Progress 08/15/09 to 12/31/10
OUTPUTS: Chesapeake - Wilkes University deployed the Federated GIS project to Northeast and South Central counties, conducted data mining on baseline water quality parameters on the Susquehanna River related to Marcellus Shale energy development, developed selection criteria for evaluation of the geologic potential for CO2 sequestration in the Anthracite Fields of northeastern PA. Chesapeake - Penn State University developed PaOneStop, a web application that allows farmers to create maps necessary to meet regulatory requirements for manure transfers, initiated development of an online conservation and nutrient management planning module, designed a method to assess field-scale drought vulnerability for Pa, evaluated LiDAR data for riparian buffer assessment, expanded an educational program called FARMSAFE where FFA students develop Farm Emergency Response Maps. Great Lakes developed geospatial tools for logistics issues related to providing biofuels for a large heat and power plant, developed guidelines for sustainable production of bioenergy crops on marginal lands, conducted landscape analyses to determine land use and infrastructure allocations for comprehensive planning, and provided land use planning support to WI. Mid South provided on-line tools to aid in the processing of high-resolution imagery, developed and/utilized visualization tools for economic development planning, supported first responders through research in disaster mitigation planning, support and emergency response, provided geospatial support and services to Arkansas user communities, and provided decision support within State Government related to The Arkansas Biodiesel Project. South Georgia developed an On-site Waste Disposal Mapping System to capture of septic system installations in GA, provided geospatial leadership, technical support, and training to the GA Regional Commissions and rural governments, and explored the use of digital video for disaster damage assessments Great Plains build a blowing snow susceptibility research dataset in collaboration with the ND Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Surface Transportation Weather Research Center (STWRC), provided education and outreach through seminars on GIS and environmental modeling, assisted with water quality data collection along the Turtle River in eastern ND, and conducted video mapping of riparian zone vegetation. Pacific Northwest created a visual sensitivity model that incorporates trees and buildings, created methods for analyzing information about freight shipments within WA, developed a web-based participatory geographic information system (PGIS) for mapping natural capital and ecosystem services, and applied a web-based video mapping system for assessing aesthetic and ecological conditions of lakeshores. Tribal Technical Center continued it's outreach to local tribes through educational programs at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), helped to maintain and support the Geospatial Technologies lab on the SIPI campus, and worked with other Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with the goal of assisting them in their geospatial curriculum and program development. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals: Rick Day, Robert Neiderer, Yuanghong Zhu, Leah Wasser, Valerie Mebane. Partner organizations: Penn State Cooperative Extension, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. Training: Penn State Geospatial Technology Program provided training for approximately 20 1-2day short courses. Partner Collaborators from RGIS: Wilkes-University, Pa GIS Consortium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Central Washington University, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, University of North Dakota, South Georgia Commission. TARGET AUDIENCES: Training and outreach efforts are targeted to geospatial technology users throughout the U.S., including tribes and tribal members, in all disciplines including agriculture, environment, climate, economics, rural development, and emergency response. In Pennsylvania, web applications for agriculture are aimed at the 60,000 farms that need conservation and nutrient management plans and the entire agricultural industry that can be assisted by online marketing support. Each of the other seven RGIS sites has similar local and state-level constituencies. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.
Detailed documentation of individual impacts for each of the 8 RGIS sites is not possible here, so much of this discussion will be focused on collective impact. Firstly, RGIS sites collectively leveraged nearly $4.5M of funding from other sources to support objectives funded by USDA-NIFA as part of this special project. RGIS sites engaged in educational outreach, training, and technical support that benefited geospatial technology users and local governments throughout the country, including tribal communities. Sites engaged in modeling, website development, online geospatial application development or analyses that provided valuable information and analytical tools for a variety of applications spanning multiple disciplines including land use planning, agriculture, environment, ecology, climatology, emergency management, and economics. Additionally, the scale of applications ranges from single agricultural fields, to counties, states and the nation. In Pennsylvania, the PaOneStop System provides allows farmers to plan fields and farms whereas bioenergy research in Wisconsin provides analytical tools for for the entire state. In Pennsylvania, 40,000 farmers do not have current Conservation Plans and over 50,000 manure transfers occur each year. Bioenergy work in Wisconsin dealing with potential aggregation sites for the Charter Street Heat and Power Plant was used to guide a request for information by the Wisconsin Department of Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to find out about bioenergy sources. Tribal Technical Center work is empowering tribes and in the use of geospatial technologies for managing their own lands as well as educating members for success in the workforce. Collaboration with tribes is expanding and the number of students is increasing. Work at the PaGIS Consortium and Wilkes University is coordinating geospatial data sharing among many county governments in an efficient and safe manner. As a result of their work, the executive boards of the Northeast and South Central groups approved deployment funding and have embarked on deployment in a self-sufficient mode. Climatic modeling in ND is providing tools that benefit average citizens traversing highways in poor weather conditions. Mapping of septic systems in Georgia is producing a database that is the first of it's kind in the region and their service to counties results in savings estimated at $200,000 per year. Ecology research in Washington State is providing tools to assess ecologic and aesthetic impacts of landscapes in a way that engages citizens. In Arkansas, over the past eleven years, outreach and technical support has benefited well over 3,450 private citizens and many federal, state and local governments located roughly within a day's drive of Fayetteville, Arkansas. RGIS-GP has formed a relationship with a local hydrologic and environmental monitoring program called River Watch, a basin-wide citizen water quality monitoring program organized and delivered by the International Water Institute and its partners through high schools and communities (www.internationalwaterinstitute.org).
- Arrington, K. E., S. J. Ventura, and J. M. Norman. 2010. Developing Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Estimates that Include Macropore Flow. Soil Science of America Journal (In Review).
- Moltz, H. L., D. J. Ockerman, V. L. Lopes, W. Rast, and S. J. Ventura. 2010. A Hydrologic Modeling Approach for Assessing Sediment Management in the Santa Fe Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (In Review).
- Gocmen, Z. A. and S. J. Ventura. 2010. Challenges to GIS Use in Planning: The Case of Public Planning Agencies in Wisconsin. Journal of the American Planning Association 76(2):172-183.
- Moltz, H. L., V. L. Lopes, W. Rast, and S. J. Ventura. 2010. A Hydrologic-Economic Analysis of Best Management Practices for Sediment Control. In the Santa Fe Watershed, New Mexico. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 15(4):308-317.
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- Arrington, K. E. and S. J. Ventura. 2010. Modeling and Mapping Soil Infiltration Rates in Dane County, WI. ESRI Southeast Regional User Group Conference Proceedings, 2010. Charlotte NC. April 26-28, 2010. http://gisandscience.com/2010/page/31/.
- Wiegand, N. 2009. Exploration of Ontologies for The National Map. Cartographica (Submitted).
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- Cothren, J., A. Barnes, J. Casana, and T. Kalayci. 2009. Effects of Ground Control Point Accuracy on Triangulation and Ortho-rectification of Large Blocks of CORONA Images. CAA 2009: Making History Interactive, Program and Abstracts for the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Williamsburg, VA. Page 50.
- Cothren, J., D. Frederick, W. F. Limp, T. deNoble, A. Barnes, C. Goodmaster, and C. Stevens. 2010. Visualizing the Roman City: Viewing the past through multidisciplinary eyes. Proceedings of the 36th (2008) Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Budapest (In Press).
- Kalayci, T., J. Cothren, J. Casana, and A. Barnes. 2009. Accuracy of DEM Generation from CORONA Stereo Pair Images. CAA 2009: Making History Interactive, Program and Abstracts for the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Williamsburg, VA. Page 51.
- Payne, A., F. Limp, and J. Cothren. 2010. The Evolution of Point Cloud Processing Software and its Affect in Culture Heritage Applications. F. Melero, F., P. Cano and J. Tevelles (eds). Fusion of Cultures. 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Analytical Methods in Archaeology. Granada, Spain. April. page 653 (Abstract).
- Riggins, J. J., J. M. Defibaugh y Chavez, J. A. Tullis, and F. M. Stephen. 2010. Spectral Identification of Pre-visual Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Foliar Symptoms Related to Oak Decline. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry (In Press).
- Tullis, J. A., J. R. Jensen, G. T. Raber, and A. M. Filippi. 2010. Spatial Scale Management Experiments Using Optical Aerial Imagery and LIDAR Data Synergy, GIScience and Remote Sensing (In Press).
- Cordner, D. 2010. Regional Comprehensive Visual Sensitivity Assessment for Renewable Energy Facility Development. RGIS-PN Research Report. Ellensburg, Washington: RGIS-PN, Center for Spatial Information, Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/~csi/Research/Projects2009/visibility.htm.
- Gabriel, A., D. Cordner, and J. Murray. 2010. An Internet-Based, Geospatial Technique for Assessing Scenic Preferences and Aesthetic Resources for Washington State Parks. RGIS-PN Research Report. Ellensburg, Washington: RGIS-PN, Center for Spatial Information, Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/~csi/Research/Projects2009/red_hen.htm.
- Limp, W. 2010. Towards a strategy for evaluating heritage visualizations. Frischer, B (ed) Proceedings, Making History Interactive. 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Analytical Methods in Archaeology http://www.caa2009.org/articles/Limp_Contribution233_c%20(1).pdf.
- Warn, S., W. Emeneker, J. Cothren, and A. Apon. 2009. Accelerating SIFT on Parallel Architectures. IEEE Cluster 2009 Proceedings. New Orleans, LA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CLUSTR.2009.5289155.
- Culpepper, R. Brian. 2009, Accuracy Analyst - Product Review, Earth Imaging Journal, July/August. pp. 39-40.
- Bowen, J. and J. Murray. 2010. GIS Analysis of Rural Supply and Distribution Chains. RGIS-PN Research Report. Ellensburg, Washington: RGIS-PN, Center for Spatial Information, Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/~csi/Research/Projects2009/transport_distribution. htm.
- Brown, G. and J. Montag. 2010. Public Participation GIS: A Method for Identifying Ecosystem Services. RGIS-PN Research Report. Ellensburg, Washington: RGIS-PN, Center for Spatial Information, Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/~csi/Research/Projects2009/PGIS_ecosystem_services .htm.