I can’t believe it’s been a month since 2014 River Rally! IMRivers has been a proud sponsor over the years, and I didn’t want to miss it for the world. So I cut my trip to S. Korea short and flew nearly 24 hours from Seoul to Narita to Newark and finally to Pittsburgh. It was quite a journey, but I was extremely happy to catch up with my riverkeeper friends and meet amazing new people.
We at IMRivers are committed to providing GIS services and interactive mapping solutions to our partners. The platform we’ve developed over the years is being used for a variety of fields in different countries. Right now, it is being used for a project called BioBlitz in Seoul Forest! (http://www.mapplerk.com/sfbioblitz)
BioBlitz is a special event where participants go out and survey surrounding living organisms within an incredibly focused period of time to create a biodiversity inventory of an area. For this global initiative, IMRivers has created an interactive mobile application to uniquely allow participants to easily create a visual map of the local species that they have found, along with photos and other multimedia. Take a look at the map :
Maryland’s Anne Arundel County has already taken advantage of the BioBlitz application’s unique benefits by incorporating the technology into the current biodiversity educational curriculum.
Using interactive mapping is a great way to make environmental education experiences more meaningful and engaging. Talk to us today and let’s explore new possibilities through mapping. E-mail us or visit our redesigned website, IMRIVERS.org.
Hunterdon Land Trust wanted to find a creative way for initiating civic engagement in their mission to ‘preserve and protect the rural character and natural resources of Hunterdon County.’ It turned out Participatory Mapping was the perfect solution for creating a hands-on experience of discovering the area’s natural and community resources.
Navigating trail information with Topographic map overlay enabled.
Built on Mappler technology, Hunterdon Land Trust Interactive Map highlights preserved properties, trails and access points, community conservation values and current projects in the area. Community members can post site-specific information and pictures using a smartphone app. The increased accessibility of data strengthens existing contributors’ efforts as well as attracts new visitors to the preserves.
Mappler technology makes it simple to create interactive maps with unique overlays and customizing surveys for collecting new data through mobile and desktop users.
Deadline : Jun 27, 2014
Coastal wetlands are valued because they protect against flooding, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. Coastal environments are also important economically, generating billions of dollars annually through such industries as commercial fishing and tourism. The NCWCGP provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore these valuable resources.
Projects can include (1) acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long‐term conservation or (2) restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.
All projects must ensure long‐term conservation. Examples of restoration efforts that may be funded include: – Restoring wetland hydrology by plugging drainage ditches, breaking tile drainage systems, installing water control structures, dike construction, or re‐establishing historic connections with waterways, or – Planting native vegetation and/or removing invasive plants and animals that compete with native fish and wildlife and alter native habitats. We rank applications based on criteria published in 50 CFR 84.32.
The original notice (PDF) : http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CW/2015NOFA.pdf
Rain barrels are amazing — they capture, store and discharge rainwater that otherwise would flow off a roof, through gutters and downspouts/rain chains and become runoff. River Network partnered with IMRivers to create the Rain Barrel Registry (http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com/), a participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.
IMRivers’ interactive mapping solution makes Rain Barrel information readily available to public policy makers, educators, and the public. Anybody can register their own rain barrels on the website, on mobile web, and on MapplerK app. After uploading a photo and completing a short survey, users can view other rain barrel clusters in the community and around the country, and see results from the survey in real time. Interested in rain harvesting but don’t own a rain barrel? Don’t worry! We have all the details on getting started on our site.
The Rain Barrel map is also overlaid with rich GIS layers, such as weather radar data or land use/land cover data as shown below.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools used IMRivers’ Mappler platform to execute a two-day environmental mapping event ‘BioBlitz’ for students. While collecting information about their surroundings on smartphones and tablets, students not only became experts in identifying and mapping birds, land animals, and trees, but were challenged to measure the area’s biodiversity and think critically about potential positive or negative influences. BioBlitz program has been a great success and is now a part of the county public schools’ environmental education curriculum.
“Our project provided an engaging and authentic environmental exploration opportunity that allowed students to participate in true citizen science while using advanced technologies to support 21st Century educational goals,” says Deborah Albert, the Coordinator of Career & Technology Education.Visit the BioBlitz website
Deadline : May 5, 2014
NOAA Sea Grant is accepting applications for new FY 2014 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.
Topical priorities for this FY 2014 competition are, briefly:
This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on application and criteria for aquaculture research proposals requesting a maximum of $500,000 in total federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are required. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2014. Additional proposals from this competition may be selected for funding in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds.
For general questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You now have access to all of your favorite Interactive Maps through iPhone! Just type in the URL to view points, photos, data, videos, and trails from anywhere!
“We must understand our rivers and their watersheds – the entire area of land draining to them – in order to protect and restore them. The interactive maps you can create with this tool will broaden and deepen appreciation and understanding of our watersheds.”
- Don Elder
Former River Network President