Staff from the URI EDC presented a poster highlighting their work on a National Park Service (NPS) project at the 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California. The map gallery at the ESRI UC is a showcase of maps and mapping products from around the world. 2016 winners of the Map Gallery map competition can be seen here.
The poster in the link below illustrates the EDC's work on the Hurricane Sandy Field Technician Support for Elevation Mapping of NPS Salt Marshes and other sites for Sea Level Rise Planning and Post and Future Storm Evaluation project. For this project EDC staff collaborated with the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN) as well as three coastal National Parks: Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS), and Gateway National Recreational Area (GATE).
High accuracy elevation data was collected at designated salt marsh sites using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS equipment. Along with the elevations, vegetation information and local water level information was collected at the same time. With these three parameters; elevation of the marsh surface, vegetation type and abundance, and local water levels (in the form of tidal datums such as Mean High Water or Mean Low Water) the NPS and other collaborators will be able to assess marsh vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surges associated with climate change.
The poster was created using ArcMap and Powerpoint. For more information about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.