North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy Launches Innovative Web Map

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

After more than a year of data collection, North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy (NCCC) has launched a new mapping platform. The visual display of data incorporates more than 25 layers, or filters, of data that will ultimately be integrated into the policy-making process of the Conservancy.

Charlie Mix, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator for NCCC, said, "The data utilized in our map is universal in that it demonstrates what we know, what we don't know, and can be applied to watersheds around the country. We will use it internally as a tool for making land-based decisions, and hope to provide similar mapping inventories to other organizations in the Chattanooga area and around the country."

The mapping data inventory currently features recreational information including field notes and image files, environmental elements such as aquifers and land-cover classifications, historical and expected elements of climate change, and numerous other sets if information. Additional layers are in production, and the Conservancy hopes to crowd-source several more, based on feedback from the public. 

"Putting the data-in-hand together in one platform is important to our decision making process, and we will be implementing an algorithm for that in the near future," said Mr. Mix. "Perhaps more importantly, the process has helped us better define gaps in what we know, so now we can go out and get it."

NCCC Director Gregory Vickrey said, "We created this as a model for use by other organizations, as well, and we will aim to help them create their own data platforms moving forward."


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