Incorporating GIS Data for Ecological Restoration
Strategies with the United Designers Design Process
Presented July 31, 2020
BETA, Under Construction, but usable!
At the present time we have incredible resources for digital and information technology to create maps and assess the condition of the landscape. Developing the technology to read and understand global information from satellites and aerial imaging gives us a sense spatially of our resources and long-term trajectory. Although we get great information from aerial imaging, satellite data, and other GIS resources, this information needs to be placed in context. For the most part GIS information does not contain biological services within the landscape. It does not survey soil biology of the true relationship behind the patch dynamics of ecosystems. For that we need human observation on the site and our initial site assessment in order to cover all the trophic design levels needed for good solutions. This course focuses on the chronological steps to developing an understanding the context for ecological design by understanding the cultural, natural, and many times economic systems that already exist. Our final solutions will come from strategies built on the combination of ground-level landscape assessment supported by the pattern and spatial recognition from global information systems. Modules are intended to inform the strategies through a step-by-step design process. Details added as we progress.