Event Title

Using Geospatial Technology to create a Database of Winthrop University's Trees

Poster Number

38

Faculty Mentor

Bryan McFadden, M.S.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

21-4-2017 2:15 PM

Description

Trees on the Winthrop campus are a critical part of the University’s infrastructure. They need to be managed to ensure they provide the many benefits trees offer while also reducing the harm that can come from aging or pest infested trees.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can assist in the management of these resources by providing tools that facilitate the collection and analysis of the spatial and attribute characteristics of individual trees. By keeping an open database of Winthrop University’s tree data, students and faculty can assist in the classification, aging, and overall health status of campus trees. This database will be created using a mobile, GPS-enabled laser measurement device that will permit the collection of tree locations as well as a photo of that tree. From the photo one can capture real time measurements including height, width, area, and length.The data about each tree will be automatically uploaded to an online GIS database allowing students and faculty to add additional information such as species, date of last inspection, and other physical features. The end result of this specific study involves having a documented, consistent record of Winthrop University’s trees in a collaborative, interdisciplinary learning environment.

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Apr 21st, 2:15 PM

Using Geospatial Technology to create a Database of Winthrop University's Trees

Richardson Ballroom

Trees on the Winthrop campus are a critical part of the University’s infrastructure. They need to be managed to ensure they provide the many benefits trees offer while also reducing the harm that can come from aging or pest infested trees.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can assist in the management of these resources by providing tools that facilitate the collection and analysis of the spatial and attribute characteristics of individual trees. By keeping an open database of Winthrop University’s tree data, students and faculty can assist in the classification, aging, and overall health status of campus trees. This database will be created using a mobile, GPS-enabled laser measurement device that will permit the collection of tree locations as well as a photo of that tree. From the photo one can capture real time measurements including height, width, area, and length.The data about each tree will be automatically uploaded to an online GIS database allowing students and faculty to add additional information such as species, date of last inspection, and other physical features. The end result of this specific study involves having a documented, consistent record of Winthrop University’s trees in a collaborative, interdisciplinary learning environment.