Authors: Fulbert Namwamba*, Salisbury University, John Westley Magugu, University of Arkansas
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Applied Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: GIS Green Infrastructure Urban Forestry
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This purpose of this study was to actualize the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) in the production of a green infrastructure master plan for a rural urban interface so as to yield the anticipated benefits and mitigate the aspects of climate change. The methodology of the study utilized tree cover and land use datasets to analyze infrastructure development scenarios with regard to the hydrological and environmental impacts. The study was a practical application of the interaction of urban forestry and agroforestry. The scope included the application of data acquired from aerial photography, topographic maps, satellite images and ground-truthing. Results from the study lead to the conclusions that GIS and remote sensing data are key in land use planning and determination of forest structure and functions for analysis of environmental roles played. The study also concludes that local and regional the challenges in the rural urban interface; urban sprawl, grey infrastructure projects, and the disjointed rural urban interface complicate green infrastructure planning. Additionally, this research has produced a usable procedure for creating landscape fragmentation information that can be applied to study watersheds.