Leveraging Publicly Available "Big Data" to Inform Conversation Decisions

Authors: Jake Leizear*, Chesapeake Conservancy
Topics: Environment, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: gis, big data, conservation, precision conservation, flickr, ebird, photography, birding, prioritization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: President's Boardroom, Omni, East
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The identification and prioritization of conservation opportunities is a critical process to meet the goals of many environmental organizations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. With only so much time, funding, and manpower available for conservation, identifying the best places in the Watershed to conserve from multiple perspectives is critical. Utilizing GIS and publicly available "big data" from Flickr and eBird, trends in the valuation of places in the watershed began to emerge. Flickr, an image hosting service and video hosting service, shows where citizens use landscapes for scenic and recreational values, while eBird, an online database of bird observations provides real-time data about bird distribution and abundance, as well as birder distribution and abundance. Using the spatial information for Flickr images and eBird observations allows one to process trends across large regions in the Watershed, in part due to the large amount of real-time data available from these sources (1.6 million Flickr images and 10.1 million eBird observations as of September 2018). This identification of trends, along with the free upon request nature of this data, allows for big data sources like eBird and Flickr to provide a fresh and accessible perspective to prioritizing conservation throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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