Understanding Mountain Gorillas and Their Habitat Using Geospatial Analysis and Interactive Visualization

Authors: Tony Giarrusso*, Georgia Institute of Technology
Topics: Africa, Animal Geographies, Environment
Keywords: Conservation, Mammals, Africa, GIS, Visualization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
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For the last 15 years, the Georgia Tech Center for GIS (CGIS) and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) have been working together to map, analyze, and visualize the few remaining mountain gorillas and their fragile habitat in the Virunga mountains of central Africa. This presentation will consist of a brief history of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and short summaries of our collaborative work over the last decade. Topics to be covered include an overview of the DFGFI mountain gorilla ranging database created by CGIS that spans 1999-2017 and includes over 40,000, daily GPS readings of mountain gorilla locations in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; demonstrations of various 3-Dimensional interactive maps, animations and ESRI Story Maps showing the ranging data overlaid with habitat-related datasets created by CGIS and DFGFI; the use of a "virtual sandbox" installed in July 2016 at the Karisoke Research Center in Musanze, Rwanda to educate and inform researchers and the public about the plight of the mountain gorilla; and current research efforts that include land cover change detection (1995-2015) and mapping and analysis of anti-poaching data (2003-2017) for Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

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