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Tuesday, May 14


PRESENTATION: Utilizing the Soil Survey (SSURGO) Database and Development Toolbox
AUTHORS: Nate Ward*, Terracon; Ian Sleeper*, Terracon

ABSTRACT: The soil survey provided by the national resources conservation service is a powerful data set of surveyed soils across the nation. It can provide crucial information pertaining to geologic conditions. We will discuss how SSURGO and the corresponding NRCS development toolbox can be used to create meaningful data and products.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm


PRESENTATION: New Land Cover Products for New England States
AUTHORS: Nate Herold, NOAA Office for Coastal Management; Jamie Carter*, Lynker/CSS on contract for NOAA OCM

ABSTRACT: Current, accurate land cover and change information is a common foundational data set that can be used to address a wide range of management issues, from flood risk and natural infrastructure to policy evaluation and land use planning. Knowing what exists on the ground gives planners more information, and the better that data, the better our understanding. For almost two decades, NOAA?s Office for Coastal Management has been producing standardized, 30 meter resolution land cover and change information for the coastal United States through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). More recently, NOAA has been working to establish an operational higher resolution land cover product line, bringing the national C-CAP framework to the local level and allowing for more site-specific, local applications through the production of higher resolution (1 meter) land cover data. This product is not yet publically available everywhere, so NOAA is concurrently developing a hybrid (10 meter) land cover product that leverages the detail of the 1 meter, automated products but at a scale where errors from those products won?t impact their use. This presentation will highlight the methods of recent data development efforts, showcase recently released products in Massachusetts, discuss progress in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and lay out the vision for ongoing efforts to expand both high resolution and hybrid data products throughout New England.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm


PRESENTATION: Using GIS to Evaluate Tree Canopy Loss in the City of Cambridge
AUTHORS: Jeff Amero, City of Cambridge

ABSTRACT: The City of Cambridge has been experiencing a significant loss of tree canopy over the past 10 years. Reports to the City by consultants have led to a tree protection ordinance which requires all private landowners to obtain a permit to cut down a tree, a creation of an Urban Forestry Master Plan and a citizen task force to create a strategic plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the City's urban forest canopy. This presentation will look at the role of spatial datasets, GIS based software and analysis using several techniques including interpretation of LiDAR data, raster analysis, 3D shadow studies, and tree inventories using an asset management system. We will also look at how both information and misinformation has played a role in the decision-making process.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm