Developing a 2D and 3D Salisbury University Arboretum Visualization for Outreach, Education and Management

Authors: Zachery Radziewicz*, Salisbury University
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment
Keywords: 3D mapping, 3D map, Horticulture, Arboretum, Salisbury University, Management
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The Salisbury University campus was awarded arboretum status by the American Public Gardens Association in 1988. Following this designation, the campus became a destination for visitors interested in native and non-native tree species as well as an outdoor laboratory for faculty and students. As the campus has grown, significant changes in tree plantings necessitated an update in the type and location of tree species. Our project developed a Salisbury University Horticulture geodatabase to serve an online arboretum map. Spatial data were collected through field surveying over 3000 individual trees, and attaching existing and/or developed attribute information including scientific name, common name, height, age, planting year, and images. Two unique cartographic products were developed to visualize the arboretum and as a management platform for the University’s Horticulture Department. The first visualization portrays the campus arboretum in two-dimensions, with a highly detailed base map and an interactive interface. The second visualization renders campus buildings and arboretum features three-dimensionally by measured height and unique symbology. The three-dimensional map enables analyses that were not possible on the two-dimensional representations including the identification of areas and duration of sunlight, and measures of canopy density. These analyses inform decisions on the timing and quantity of irrigation and campus surface cover and detailed Lidar-derived elevation allows the Horticulture department to determine high drainage runoff. The detailed basemap, elevation and vegetation features managed in the geodatabase have generated future project management ideas.



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