Education, outreach, & access to remotely sensed data.

Welcome to PennsylvaniaView

An AmericaView Partner

The Pennsylvania landscape is a diverse and rich environment for those interested in remotely sensed data. From its broad vistas of the ridge and valley province, to its rich farmlands and massive state park system, to its densely populated urban areas, the Commonwealth provides a unique setting for understanding the importance of satellite derived data and its role in decision-making and education.

What's New

Posted on May 12, 2016

ArcGIS Online Shark Migration Tutorial

The Marine Conservation Science Institute, known for its Expedition WhiteShark shared their great white locational data with PAVIew. Megan Boger, a California University of Pennsylvania student, and Dr. Mueller created an ArcGIS lesson using the data.

Philadelphia Imagery & LIDAR

The City of Philadelphia has provided PASDA with its 2015 imagery and LIDAR.

Imagery from the Delware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC has provided its 2015 imagery to the PASDA clearinghouse. This multi-spectral digital orthophotography was produced at a scale of 1:2400 (1 in = 200 ft) with a 12 inch pixel resolution for the DVRPC - PA project area.

Chester County Forestation Study

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.

Evaluating Urban Vegetation Cover Using LiDAR and High Resolution Imagery

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).

South Sudan Species Preservation

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.

Pennsylvania Underground Mine Map Atlas

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.

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