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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

San Jacinto Mountain Forest Stewardship GIS: The ArcView Mac Solution (1996 ESRI Conf. Abstract, Michael P. Hamilton)...Slowly, over decades, biological field stations accumulate significant regional ecological and environmental databases that become invaluable for understanding, protecting and managing natural and biological resources. For the past 12 years, the James Reserve has become the center for ecology-based information resources pertinent to the land management issues facing the government agencies and private property owners throughout the San Jacinto Mountains (Riverside County, California). Recently, under the umbrella of Forest Stewardship, our primary ecological information management interface has been constructed using ArcView 2.1 for the Power Macintosh. This new system incorporates and integrates all of our previous work ranging from ArcInfo coverages, macGIS raster maps, satellite and airborne video, laserdisc multimedia images and movies of local biodiversity, species lists, long-term data sets, and researcher field notes. Application areas which utilize these information resources now include wildland fire pre-attack planning, forest stand management, wildlife habitat assessment and modeling, rare species studies, fire hazard abatement on private property, and research planning. Over the next year, much of this information will be made available over the World Wide Web with an interface designed to allow a user to construct and order a custom CD-ROM.

Scaling from Trees to Forests: Analysis of a Complex Simulation Model , Douglas H. Deutschman,* Simon A. Levin, Catherine Devine, Linda A. Buttel . "The advent of high-speed computing has facilitated a revolution in the modeling of ecological systems. Models can now explicitly represent the complex interplay between the local environment and each individual in the community."

A Spatial Modeling and Decision Support System for Conservation of Biological Diversity (UCSB Biogeography Lab, Frank W. Davis, David M. Stoms) "The goal of this project was to design and test a prototype Spatial Modeling and Decision Support System for Conservation of Biological Diversity. The project is closely tied to the USGS-Biological Resources Division's Gap Analysis Program and to related efforts at multi-species conservation planning in southern California and the Sierra Nevada."

A Strategy for Managing Geographic Analysis and Cartography In a Major Ecological Research Project (1996 ESRI Conf. Abstract, Paul Cote and Stephen Ervin)...In the course of two years of work on a biodiversity research project involving 15 gigabytes of data, 12 ecological models carried out against 10 projected land use scenarios, 150 final maps and countless drafts, we have developed a system for organizing our data, analysis processes, and cartographic production.

Systematic reserve selection in the USA: an example from the Columbia Plateau ecoregion (UCSB Biogeography Lab, Frank W. Davis, David M. Stoms and Sandy Andelman) "We describe a systematic conservation planning approach for identifying a set of areas that meet specified goals for biotic representation while balancing the dual objectives of efficiency (minimum area) and site suitability. The approach was applied by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to a regional planning exercise in the Columbia Plateau ecoregion of the northwestern United States."

UCSB IBM ERP Related Publications : excellent collection of papers in GIS based biodiversity analysis and landscape ecology.

Wilderness Quality Mapping in the Euro-Actic Barents Region (1995 ESRI Conf. Paper, David Henry and Even Husby )...Wilderness Quality is assessed in terms of remoteness and naturalness. The concept is based on the fact that it is possible to have a continuum of values across the landscape ranging from urban to pristine. Ideally four separate indicators are measured. Three indicators have been measured to date; remoteness from settlement, remoteness from access and apparent naturalness. The fourth indicator, biophysical naturalness, has yet to be measured, but will form part of a future data acquisition exercise.

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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