- Participate with East-West Gateway staff to develop GIS data layers needed to implement an ecological approach to infrastructure planning.
- Gather existing data and create a new landcover data layer needed to define ecological significance for a pilot area, tentatively Jefferson County.
- Generate an initial ecological significance surface at 6 meters resolution by combining landcover with other data on elements of ecological concern.
- In coming years we will move forward to complete an ecological significance data layer for the entire East-West Gateway planning region.
The goal for this year will be to work out methods and provide initial results such that a uniform, fine-resolution ecological significance surface can be created for the region in years two and three of the project. We envision use for planning at both a regional and site-specific scale of resolution. This effort will differ from what is available in that we will develop a better land use/landcover data layer at fine resolution (2 to 6 meter pixels) as a base, and then integrate data on multiple variables (e.g. historic versus current vegetation, rare species, other significant natural resources) to define ecological significance. We will also use newly available information on riverine species distributions and stressors, so the result will consider both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
- Conservation Ranking Methods and Results April 2012 (20.20 MB)
- Current Vegetation Interpretive Guide (0.88 MB)
- Data Survey for MO River Corridor (6.67 MB)
- Development of New Data to Inform Planning for the East-West Gateway Region (11.85 MB)
- Eco-Logical Approach to Infrastructure Development Initiative (8.71 MB)
- Final Report June 2011 (1.15 MB)
- Landcover and Natural Communities (20.12 MB)
- Preliminary Results Presentation (78.48 MB)
- Regional Ecological Significance Data Layer Report (1.67 MB)
- Wetlands Mapping Using LiDAR (7.52 MB)
- Change detection and improved wetlands mapping for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments
- Developing Synoptic Human Threat Indices for Assessing the Ecological Integrity of Freshwater Ecosystems in EPA Region 7
- Missouri River Basin Aquatic GAP Project
- Missouri River Floodplain Modeling
- Oklahoma Current Vegetation Mapping
- Texas Ecological Systems Classification
- Urban Change Detection
- Use of Enduring Features to Inform Conservation Actions in Relation to Climate Change