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Urban Informatics Brown Bag Lunch Series – Catherine Riseng

March 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Urban Informatics Brown Bag Lunch Series

Catherine Riseng: The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework: a Spatial Framework, Database and Tools to Meet the Needs of Great Lakes Management and Research

The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework (GLAHF) is a web-accessible spatial framework and database for use by managers, planners, researchers, and restoration specialists across the basin. The database includes available physical, chemical and biological data across the entire Great Lakes basin and these data are georeferenced to a common spatial grid, the framework.

Great Lakes agencies, managers, and researchers commonly express a need for publically accessible habitat data and decision support tools that can be applied to the multitude of problems that face aquatic ecosystems throughout the basin. The database includes data from multiple agencies, researchers, and NGOs that has been cross-walked and integrated in to a common database resulting in consistent basin-wide information. The system provides spatial linkages among tributary watersheds, coastal/nearshore, and offshore zones, allowing users to “zoom in” to manage specific problems at specific locations and to “zoom out” to identify overarching issues for effective policymaking.

The GLAHF project team has been developing a number of tools to assist with habitat monitoring, assessment, and prioritization for protection and restoration including: a scalable habitat classification framework; a GIS data viewer and server; a web-based decision support system to facilitate research and management activities in the Great Lakes; and, are conducting a coastal condition assessment.

Dr. Catherine Riseng is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, the PI for the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework project, and is the Research Program Director at Michigan Sea Grant. Dr. Riseng is an aquatic ecologist with a focus on using landscape approaches to understand aquatic ecosystems and the effects of land use change.


March 31, 2016
12:00 pm