Greenway Trail Viewshed Characteristics: Planning Applications Using GIS and Remote Sensing

Authors: Aric Beehler*, Missouri State University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Planning Geography
Keywords: greenways, parks, sustainability, land use, viewshed, GIS, remote sensing,
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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Over the last few decades greenway trails and trail systems have become an increasingly popular topic among planners and geographers. Scholars have identified a host of considerations that go beyond greenways’ basic recreation functions. As cities across the country continue to expand greenspace, accessibility and connectivity become pressing issues. Greenway trails can serve as corridors for non-motorized transport between other greenspaces. Identifying sustainable methods of greenspace accessibility helps to protect these areas for years to come. This study evaluates greenway trail viewshed characteristics that researchers have shown to positively correlate with increased trail use. Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, this study compares the viewshed characteristics of two proposed routes for a new development to connect the local greenway trail system to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Greene County, MO.

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