In introducing students to GIS technologies, PaView parter Gui Turcotte of Villanova University likes to use exciting topics to pique interest. In the past, he has employed satellite imagery to delineate deforestation in the Amazon Forest in Brazil. However, reforestation can also occur in areas where housing developments take over farmland. He wanted to evaluate historical aerial imagery against current satellite imagery to determine if this phenomenon was occurring in Chester County.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a PaView partner, has completed a project that is an attempt to assess and to
quantify urban vegetation of the town of Clarion and to relate vegetation and tree cover density and percent
coverage to the surrounding built and man made land covers using LiDAR data in conjunction with high resolution
infrared aerial photography of the National Agricultural Image Program (NAIP).
Bucknell University, a PaView partner, has been working on a project related to species conservation in the South Sudan. The objective of this work was to use U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellite imagery to quantify and visualize land-use change and land-cover change in South Sudan from 1985 to 2011. The imagery also provided information on the location and distribution of different habitat types.
Half meter GSD represented in Geographic Decimal Degrees, natural color (RGB), 8-bit per band digital orthophotography. The data covers the six-county area of Clearfield, Elk, Cameron, McKean, Potter, and Tioga counties.
Coal mining has occurred in Pennsylvania for over a century. The maps to these coal mines are stored at various public and private locations (if they still exist at all) throughout the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations (DEP) is involved in many projects dealing with historic and active mine map restoration and digitization. The DEP has tried to preserve the historic information contained on these maps by scanning the maps into a digital image.