DEEP: Segment 3 - GIS and Geospatial Data

Segment 3 Training Program 
GIS and Geospatial Data
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In the last few years rapid growth has occurred in environmental mapping applications. These mapping websites give the public access to huge amounts of geospatial data such as soil polygons and stream locations. Connecticut’s municipal inland wetlands agencies are more likely than ever to be presented with, or use, GIS and online mapping applications.

Segment 3 introduced attendees to geospatial data and the science behind GIS, as well as educating participants in the Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CTECO) service. A lecture on municipal GIS data and a demonstration of a related land-use visualization tool were also presented. The program finished with a discussion on the utility of GIS for invasive aquatic plants research. 
Note: The inclusion of links to commercial organizations on this page does not constitute an endorsement by DEEP.  These are made available for informational purposes only. 
Background Materials 
Classroom Presentations
GIS in the Surveillance and Management of Invasive Aquatic Plants - An application of GIS to environmental research and management
Supplemental Training Materials -
CT Historical Imagery Resources - Aerial imagery locations and availability
Identification Guide for Invasive Aquatic Plants in CT - Useful field guide from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Community Viz - A land-use simulation tool that can integrate with a GIS program
Affiliated organizations:
CTECO - GIS and imagery resources for CT
Other sites to explore:
NRCS Soil Survey - Official source of soils data
Wetlands Mapper - Ecological mapping of wetlands
USGS Earth Explorer - Source of free RS data
Google Earth - Contemporary imagery and simple GIS
Bing Maps - Oblique leaf-off imagery - Poor man's GPS
ESRI - GIS vendor with many free educational resources
ERDAS - RS vendor with many free educational resources - Inexpensive GIS data vendor.
Content last updated on March 22, 2012