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Tuesday, May 14 • 1:45pm - 2:15pm
PRESENTATION: GIS Software for Mapping Tranquility in UK Protected Areas

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AUTHORS: Christopher Brehme*, Keene State College; JC Woodward, Keene State College

ABSTRACT: The United Kingdom mandates the protection of tranquil spaces in its National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This mandate ensures that these places offer benefits for human health and well being, in addition to environmental protection. To support park planners, we collaborated with colleagues in the UK to develop a GIS tool known as BETER (Broadly Engaging with Tranquillity, Easier and Refined). Written in Python, BETER is a software extension to Esri ArcGIS that automatically prepares and combines more than 25 distinct GIS layers to identify areas with the lowest sound and visual interference. Many of the processes involve viewshed and soundshed analysis using fine-scale digital elevation models, which can be computationally intensive. However, the program is divided in two parts: Assembler and MapMaker. Assembler can be run just once to create the output layers required by MapMaker. This user-friendly tool allows even novice GIS users to produce maps based on self-selected weights, in order to highlight areas most at risk to visual and audio intrusions.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT

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