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Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: Using ArcGIS to Document Health of Eel Grass Habitats

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AUTHORS: Lucy Clay, Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research

ABSTRACT: Citizen-science plays a key role in the global effort to conserve seagrasses such as mangrove habitats and eel grass beds in coastal New England. Students from the Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research has been engaged in this global effort since 2015 and have been using ArcGIS tools over the years to document the location, extent, health, and habitat of eel grass beds in Cohasset waters. Using Collector on mobile devices and ArcGIS Online in the classroom, students have experimented with various ways to illustrate attributes of healthy beds that include, but are not limited to the following: length of shoots, number of shoots, presence of broken shoots, percent tunicate coverage, percent reproductive shoots, sediment characteristics, wasting disease, and presence of epiphytes (algal growth). Many GIS iterations have taken place over the years as students have struggled with methodologies (snorkeling v using GoPros), GPS considerations (above water, below water), and ArcGIS Online analysis tools (interpolation, density). Much has been learned, and students will display latest findings as well as present evidence from EPA stakeholders that their citizen science efforts and GIS applications make a difference to those charged with protecting this vital ecosystem resource. 

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
STUDENT CENTER: 1st Floor Lobby (Appian Way Entrance)