Current and Recent Projects
Completed in 2005, the landcover mapping portion of the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project was the specific responsibility of the RS/GIS Laboratory. Both maps and training site databases are available for download through the website.
Biodiversity of the Upper Colorado River Basin and Bonneville Basin
This project provides several datasets containing biodiversity information for the Upper Colorado River and Bonneville Basins. They were created from the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project Animal Habitat Models. Each of the datasets derived from those habitat models were added together to get an idea of the number of species (out of 714) that might be found in any given location.
Critical Lands Toolkit
Developed for the Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, the Critical Lands Toolkit offers a means of evaluating critical lands accessible by any citizen, planner, or public official.
Virtual Utah offers aerial imagery (photography) for most of the state
from 1993/97, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Fiscal Impacts Illustrator
The Fiscal Impacts Illustrator strives to provide applied planning techniques and information to the local governments and citizens of Utah. The Illustrator focuses on the financial implications associated with the most common land uses (agricultural, commercial, residential).
Spatially Explicit Model of Cougar Habitat
This project uses hierarchical, spatially-explicit models of cougar habitat on an urban-wildland interface on the Oquirrh Mountain range and on a wildland site on Monroe Mountain in the Fishlake National Forest using telemetry data and statistical models within a GIS.
Mule Deer Mapping Project
Mule deer habitat areas were delineated on 1:250,000 sheet maps with a minimum mapping unit of approximately 6 square miles. Six categories of mule deer habitat were delineated, with 18 factors limiting or otherwise affecting the habitat. These data were compiled into a GIS database which can be used to assist in management programs such as habitat restorations that cross administrative boundaries.
Sage-Grouse Local Working Group Locator Project
The purpose of the LWG Locator Project is to provide a forum for LWGs to catalogue and share information regarding local conservation efforts with other LWGs, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations concerned with sagebrush habitat management and sage-grouse conservation.
Digital Geologic Maps of Fossil Basin Wyoming
Through an agreement facilitated by the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) the RS/GIS Laboratory is responsible for digitizing geologic field maps scribed on stereo aerial photos and converting these data to a GIS database.
Quantitative Measurement of Neighborhood Characteristics
The objective of this study was to quantitatively measure observed characteristics of different
neighborhood types. Many of these characteristics are spatial in nature (e.g. street connectivity, residential
home density, etc). Others are socio-demographic in nature and can be obtained from the
U.S. Census (e.g. median number of rooms, number of people working outside city of residence,
Rangeland Vegetation Classification
This project sought to overcome problems with the vegetation mapping of the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis (SWReGAP) by developing a strictly empirical classification system based on statistical patterns inherent to the data. Our method applied a variety of multivariate clustering techniques to the field training data collected for the SWReGAP and Landfire mapping projects in the northern Colorado Plateau and eastern Great Basin.