Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center

Geospatial Sciences and Technology

The Geospatial Sciences and Technology (GST) program focuses its efforts on providing technical and data development assistance to UMESC and its program partners. The GST teams specialize in; using geospatial (location referenced) and remote sensing technology to collect, create, and analyze geospatial data; and creating decision support tools that make geospatial data and technology more accessible to resource managers and researchers.

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Date published: June 11, 2018
Status: Active

Small Unmanned Aircraft System Assets

This document describes small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) assets available at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC), current to June 1, 2018. These sUAS assets will change along with project requirements and advancements in sUAS technology, in accordance with Department of Interior (DOI) Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) policy.

Date published: May 21, 2018
Status: Active

Benthic Mapping – Illinois River Benthic Mapping to Support Invasive Asian Carp Research

According to the 2016 Monitoring and Response Plan for Asian carp in the Mississippi River Basin, there is little to no information in regards to Asian carp behavior and habitat use in invaded areas (1). There are some studies and anecdotal information showing that Asian carp are occurring in certain macrohabitats, specifically the main channel border during low summer flows and backwaters...

Contacts: Jayme Stone
Date published: March 14, 2018
Status: Active

Decision Support Systems

A Decision Support System (DSS) can be defined in many ways. The working definition the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) uses is, "A spatially based computer application or data that assists a researcher or manager in making decisions." This is quite a broad definition and it needs...

Date published: December 7, 2017
Status: Active

Submersed Aquatic Vegetation Modeling Output Online

The ability to predict the distribution of submersed aquatic vegetation in the Upper Mississippi River on the basis of physical or chemical variables is useful to resource managers. Wildlife managers have a keen interest in advanced estimates of food quantity such as American wildcelery (Vallisneria americana) population status to give out more informed advisories to hunters before the fall...

Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: December 7, 2017
Status: Active

LINK: ArcGIS Tools for Conservation Planning

  •  Allows managers and planners to rapidly assess landscape attributes and link these attributes with species/habitat information
  • Provides resource managers a means to compare the conservation potential of local management units with that of the surrounding county, state, or region
  • Can be applied to any taxa or suite of taxa and any landscape, given that spatial data
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Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: December 6, 2017
Status: Active

Split By Attribute Tool

  • The Split By Attribute Tool is a customization of ArcMap.
  • The tool takes a single shapefile and splits it into many shapefiles based on the unique values of a chosen field.
  • If the user has made a selection on a shapefile, then only those features that have been selected will be split.
  • Each output layer will named with the following structure: user supplied base
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Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: December 6, 2017

Census Stop Tool

  • The Census Stop Tool is a GIS tool that creates random points along a line layer while maintaining a minimum distance between points.
  • The user has the option of selecting one of two random point placement methods.
  • The Census Stop Tool is available as an ArcMap 9.x extension.
  • This tool is designed to facilitate road based surveys by reducing the potential for
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Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: December 6, 2017
Status: Active

Adjacency For WinBUGS Tool

  • The Adjacency For WinBUGS Tool is a customization of ArcMap.
  • The tool iteratively processes each polygon within a selected layer and creates a text file of polygonal adjacency where each polygon is identified by a unique Adj_ID value.
  • The output of this tool is used in WinBUGS (MRC Biostatistics Unit Cambridge) by the car.normal, car.l1, and mv.car conditional
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Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: December 5, 2017
Status: Active

Percent Edge Tool

  • The Percent Edge Tool is a customization of ArcMap that analyzes polygonal shapefiles.
  • The Percent Edge Tool calculates area, compactness, perimeter, edge lengths with adjacent polygons, and percentage of edge with adjacent polygons.
  • This information can then be summarized into a pivot table and queried.
    Example query: I want to know where are all of the large,
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Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: December 5, 2017
Status: Active

A Tool for Prioritizing Management Units at Morris Wetland Management District

Where are most important places to direct conservation effort? Such a simple question is not answered simply. There are a myriad of priorities, constraints, and capacities, both scientific and socio-economic, which in combination guide the allocation of management effort. An honest accounting of these priorities, constraints, and capacities is essential for efficient, effective action.

Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: December 1, 2017
Status: Active

Anticipated effects of development on habitat fragmentation and movement of mammals into and out of the Schoodic District, Acadia National Park, Maine

Most national parks interact with adjacent lands because their boundaries fail to encompass all regional habitats, species pools, and migration routes. Activities planned for adjacent lands can have adverse effects on park resources and visitor experiences. For example, fragmentation of adjacent habitat into smaller and more isolated remnants may influence the suitability of park habitat for a...

Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: December 1, 2017
Status: Active

Curve Fit: A Pixel Level Raster Regression Tool

Curve Fit is an ArcMap 10.1 (10.2 forthcoming) tool that:

  • performs pixel level regression analysis on a series of raster datasets
  • is capable of calculating both linear and nonlinear regressions
  • allows the user to constrain parameters for nonlinear models
  • generates raster surfaces representing parameter estimate, model fit, and multi-model inference 
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Contacts: Timothy Fox