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Mobile GIS Support

Spatially-explicit data are essential to modeling the impacts of landscape-scale stressors on natural and cultural resources.  Mobile GIS devices allow researchers to digitize their data directly into GIS layers and are a powerful tool that increases the accuracy and efficiency of field data collection.  

In the summer of 2013, ABSI LCC staff provided mobile GIS solutions to two field projects. The first project was a joint USFWS/USGS research cruise to the Bering and Chukchi seas to collect skin biopsies of Pacific walrus. During the four-week long cruise, the field team (led by Dr. Patrick Lemons) collected over 1,600 biopsy samples.

Walrus on sea ice
Pacific walrus on pack ice in the Chukchi sea.

Walrus Biopsy Map


The second project was a series of site visits to Formerly-Used Defense Sites (FUDS) in the Aleutian Islands. A field team from the USFWS digitized features on the ground and annotated them with field notes and photographs. The resulting geospatial data layers will be provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to remediation work to be conducted in future years.

If you would like to know more about mobile GIS support to collect your data, contact the ABSI LCC Coordinator by e-mail.


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