Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences 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: 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
Date published: November 30, 2017
Status: Active

Application of Wind Fetch and Wave Models for Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects - 2012 Update

  • Models based upon coastal engineering equations have been developed to quantify wind fetch length and several physical wave characteristics including significant height, length, peak period, maximum orbital velocity, and shear stress
  • These models, modified to operate using Environmental Systems Research Institute's ArcGIS 10.0/10.1 Geographic Information System platform, were
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Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: November 30, 2017
Status: Active

Connectivity and Inundation Tool

There are ongoing needs for analytical tools to investigate the cumulative effects of fluctuating water flow and depth.  The Connectivity and Inundation Tool was developed at UMESC to help address these needs. The tool allows for the investigation of the historic hydrographs or proposed theoretical hydrographs.  It does this by utilizing existing 2D hydrodynamic models that have been...

Contacts: Timothy Fox
Date published: November 2, 2017
Status: Active

Management Unit Prioritization Tools

Where are the 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. The...

Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: July 17, 2017
Status: Active

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been entrusted to manage our nation’s critical wetland resources. Due to conversion in industrial, residential, and agricultural uses, these wetlands have been disappearing at an alarming rate over the last one-hundred years. In order to better care for these resources, all of the refuges are developing long-term Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP...

Contacts: Larry Robinson
Date published: July 17, 2017
Status: Active

Work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Reed Canary Grass

Impact of UMESC Science

To generate decision-making information needed for refuge managers on how to treat reed canary grass in order to maintain or restore target communities and the wildlife they support.

Contacts: Larry Robinson
Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Automated Waterfowl Counts

The Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) is an important stopover point for waterfowl during early-spring and late-fall migrations, particularly portions of the river between the Navigation Pools 4 and 13.This part of the Upper Mississippi River contains large areas of aquatic vegetation that include preferred food sources such as Arrowhead and Wild Celery. In addition, many of these areas...

Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

Vegetation Mapping at National Parks

Impact of UMESC Science

To provide a research tool enabling the National Park Service to better manage their resources for the betterment of the American public. Data sets developed by this program provide a structure for framing and answering critical scientific, planning, and management questions about vegetation communities and park natural resources and their relation to...