Utilization of GIS Technology for Sturgeon Rehabilitation
The session began with a round of self-introductions
and identification of topics for discussion.
- What are others doing to develop management strategies
for their watersheds.
- Significant software changes/useability issues- who
has the experience and expertise?
- Issues converting point data to grid surface with
discrete coded variables
- Need working relationship between biologists and GIS
- Who are the GIS experts
- What attributes are needed by biologists/researchers
- Is there a need/benefit to field data standardization
- Types of spatial data being collected
Dan Daugherty, Greg Kennedy, Gary Pritchard, Kregg Smith,
Emily Zollweg (facilitator)
Who are the GIS experts?
We discussed the fact that GIS experts may specialize
into various types such as warehouse, use/research,
and data collection.
We generated a list of organizations/agencies and individuals
with known expertise.
Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)
Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team (GLBET)- Islands DSS,
Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab-NOAA (GLERL)
USGS- Ann Arbor: Greg Kennedy, Kurt Kowalski
Midwest: Jason Rohweder et al
MIDNR- Matt Tonello, Troy Zorn- LAS habitat index
OMNR GIS office in Peterborough, Tim Haxton
Purdue- Larry Theller, Bryan Pijanowski
USFWS- Chris Castiglione, regional coordinators
What are the most important system specific attributes
needed by biologists and researchers (i.e. Population
Quantification, Availability, Relative Availability,
and Accessibility of habitat types by life stage for
whole life cycle. Includes Physical and Chemical habitat
factors, food resources and carrying capacity, Flow
Characteristics, Thermal Regime, Land Use, Changes,
How would we, could we, standardize field collected
Needed- yes- Moving toward warehouses for data, for
bigger analyses with contributors only working on small
Such as CPUE, and especially habitat info- study design,
protocols, sampling scheme- can all affect useability
of final data product
How? Prioritize variables, get consensus for method
or consensus for reportable unit/format
What types of spatial data do you or your agency currently
collect? What kinds of spatial data are relevant to
lake sturgeon assessment/research?
Everything, everything- everything affordable
Would you be interested in all GIS data for your lake,
all lakes or specific areas?
Depends on scale of project, all impt, including “extirpated”
systems as potential restoration areas
Format- Use GAP as template
Project format- appropriate to scale of project (projections)
List of GIS projects for GL Basin Sturgeon
Interest in a sturgeon working group or network of GIS
interested biologists and researchers
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