High-Resolution Data Supports Precision Conservation in the Susquehanna

Authors: Emily Mills*, Chesapeake Conservancy
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: land cover, streams, high-resolution data, Chesapeake Bay, restoration
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Buchanan, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Recent advances in computing processes have led to wider availability of high-resolution land cover and flow path maps. High-resolution data enables project planning on a finer scale than ever before, critical for precision conservation--implementing the right restoration practices in the right places. This presentation will focus on high-resolution land cover data and flow path data available in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River watershed. In central Pennsylvania these high-resolution datasets together with web-based tools enable implementation partners to prioritize restoration opportunities in order to maximize water quality improvements. By identifying parcels with the greatest potential for mitigating impacts of agricultural runoff in a cost-effective manner, our prioritization analysis increases the efficiency and reach of partner organizations, accelerating positive impacts on water quality.

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