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GIS and High Precision GPS for the Collection and Documentation of Vegetation Data
Track: Ecology, Archaeology, and Conservation
Author(s): William H. Nuckols III

Determining accurate target elevations is a key design component for created salt marshes. Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS and digital photography were used to determine elevations and record corresponding vegetation composition for reference salt marshes on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. ArcView was used to display the data, aiding in the analysis of the reference elevations. ArcView and ArcExplorer projects, along with NBII metadata, were selected as the data documentation and dissemination tools to convey the survey data to the project management team and other researchers for analysis. This paper explores the use of these tools in a habitat restoration project.

William H. Nuckols III
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