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Geospatial Data/Information and Visualization in Environmental Science Theme

Why Geospatial Data Integration and Visualization Research?

The ability to assess the distribution of features in the coastal environment has improved dramatically over recent decades. Many organizations are involved in collecting data to measure the primary properties of coastal zones using a variety of methods ranging from remote sensing to in situ sensors and sampling. There is a wealth of accumulated information about coastal zones in various databases, files, spreadsheets. Sharing generated datasets, information, and results between geographically distributed organizations often proves to be challenging. Further, use of higher resolution data has been limited because of the computational intensity required.

Research Goals

  1. Geospatial assessment and strategic planning
  2. Semantics-driven framework for understanding coastal/ocean data
  3. Visualization technologies
  4. Improvements to coastal mapping methodologies

How We're Doing It

One word describes this theme – capabilities. Projects under this theme emphasize development of capabilities for resource managers, scientists, and citizens. NGI partners provide capabilities in remote sensing, computational technologies, visualization techniques, natural resource management, and the transition of these into operational agency research, planning, and decision-support programs. The end-to-end approach involves a strong geospatial extension program in the development and execution of research programs with the end-user in mind at each step.