A geographical information system (GIS) real-time web portal for monitoring of marsh habitats

Carl Steidley, Ravinder Rawat, Rafic A. Bachnak, Gary Jeffress, Alexey Sadovski

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Abstract

Many salt marsh restoration and creation projects have been implemented in the Galveston Bay System during the past 20 years. Salt marshes have many valuable functions for the surrounding habitat and the animals living there. Some of these functions include physical functions such as protecting shorelines from erosion, stabilizing deposits of dredged material, dampening flood effects, trapping water-born sediments, and serving as nutrient reservoirs. Biological functions include acting as tertiary water treatment systems to rid coastal waters of contaminants, serving as nurseries for many juvenile fish and shellfish species, serving as habitat for various wildlife species, and providing plant material for the base of a detritus-based food web. Each year more marshes are being built, and yet very little information is available concerning the success of past restoration projects. In an effort to assist the Fishery Ecology Branch (FEB) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Galveston Laboratory monitors marshes which have been created and obtains information concerning their success [1]. A prototype project to map and monitor these marsh habitats was undertaken. Further, a prediction model of the density and population of different fishery species in Galveston Bay was developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005
Pages277-281
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2005Mar 18 2005

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Name20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005

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Other20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA
Period3/16/053/18/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications

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    Steidley, C., Rawat, R., Bachnak, R. A., Jeffress, G., & Sadovski, A. (2005). A geographical information system (GIS) real-time web portal for monitoring of marsh habitats. In 20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005 (pp. 277-281). (20th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications 2005, CATA 2005).