Posts Tagged ‘Interactive Mapping’

Watershed maps to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so I thought I’d share some of the recent exciting mapping projects I am thankful to be a part of!

Last week, I visited Cordova, Alaska to work with Native Village of Eyak (NVE).  I have been working on a project of identifying the change of Glacier Terminus of Sheridan Glacier  (http://www.mappler.net/sheridan).   We are expanding these efforts to 3 additional glaciers.  The Village is also creating an interactive mapping site to map marine debris near Prince William Sound area  (http://m3.mappler.net/nvemarinedebri), where volunteers or field crews can find marine debris and map using smartphones.

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Also guess whom I met?  I met Kate Morse, a program director of Copper River Watershed Project.  They are launching a project called “Salmon Blitz” that engages citizen scientists in documenting salmon habitat in the Copper River watershed. (http://m3.mappler.net/salmonblitz).  Here’s what Katie had to say about our collaboration.

“Wansoo helped us to create a web-based platform for our Salmon Blitz citizen scientists to enter their data collected during fish surveys throughout the Copper River watershed.  Through this easy to use and manage website, participants will be able to share photos and data about the fish they have caught and the streams they explored as well as see data and photos collected by other citizen scientists from other parts of the watershed. This tool is going to help connect people across a vast and wild landscape and show how their data is contributing to a larger habitat assessment effort.”

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You can also get detail information about the project from following link.  (http://copperriver.org/programs/fish-habitat-restoration/salmon-blitz)

Next week, our new pollution monitoring application for Galveston Bay Foundation will launch! I’ll tell you about it when we come back from the holiday.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Check Out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map!

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IMRivers has been involved with many different projects over the years, but have you checked out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map? This interactive map was created in 2007 and can not only help users plan out exciting outings in the area, but it can also help track sites of water pollution and send collected data to interested agencies. The site is still up and running so you can check out all of these great features at http://www.imrivers.com/cahaba or http://www.cahabariversociety.org!   cahaba Do you need an online map to show your own river trail or other trails? Talk to us to incorporate web/mobile-based interactive maps for your next project! All information can be updated by you and volunteers, and for further convenience, the same data can be accessed via both web and mobile phones with GPS functions. With Summer coming to an end, enjoy the rest of your days before the cold weather sets in and don’t forget to follow IMRivers on its great projects and initiatives!

Join River Network’s Mission!

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Are you among the lucky ones who recently got a Rain Barrel Registry postcard from the River Network?  The wonderful message prints, “Join the effort to create a worldwide inventory of rain barrels,” because the River Network eagerly invites you to help harvest your storm water! imrivers IMRivers would love your participation to help the River Network achieve its mission.  You can easily help by visiting  http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com  and registering any Rain Barrel locations you may find. You can also send us any data you may have collected regarding Rain Barrels, and we can add and update the information for you onto the Rain Barrel Registry. Once you visit the Rain Barrel Registry, you will find some great new features that highlight the data. You can click the “Layers” button on the interactive map and view interesting map layers that reveal information about impervious surfaces, land use and land cover, weather radar, and wind conditions. After adding the location of your Rain Barrel, you can see how the conditions shown by the layers might affect your area or you can use that information to even see when you may have rain!

BioBlitz Going International!

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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 — Learning about Biodiversity through Mapping

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 :

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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.

River Rally 2014 is only two weeks away!

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If you are not yet familiar, River Rally is a friendly gathering of over 750 river/watershed advocates with workshops, lectures, tours, and various opportunities for networking and learning. IMRivers will be joining everyone as a partner, and right now we’re busy preparing a couple of Crowd-Mapping applications to showcase at the rally. What are they?  
  • Where Are We From? A live map of where all Rally participants are hailing from.
  • Clean River Map Interactive mapping tool where everyone can map their organization’s cleanup projects. With rivers/watershed highlighted, this map will become a visual outline of everyone’s efforts that can be used as a reference/assessment tool year-round.
  • Rain Barrel Registry A participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.
  River Network Interactive Map with weather radar data. Also, be sure to check out http://www.rivermaps.org, where you can locate River Network partners, find water groups near you, get real-time stream flow data, and more! This map also runs on Mappler platform provided by IMRivers. Now, you can even browse land use/land cover data from USGS as well as real-time weather radar data from NOAA. As you will see on River Network’s map and when we meet you in person at River Rally 2014, these maps are capable of overlaying almost any existing GIS data on top of community-collected data uploaded with smartphones and tablets. Using mobile mapping with GIS layers powerfully brings grassroots preservation efforts and big data together in a visually coherent way.

Interactive Environmental Health Mapping Using Online Mapping Tools

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Online mapping is an extremely useful tool for conveying geographic information. It’s capability to be largely public and community based is largely what makes it so powerful. Organizations can create beautiful and informative maps with existing data as a way of conveying a message to a community. Online mapping can also be much more broad, showing national or worldwide trends in data. A brilliant example of an online community-based mapping website is Mappler. This site gives the user the ability to either add GPS point data at their location with attribute data of the individual’s location, through the mobile app MapplerK, or previously acquired data in the form of points, lines, polygons and raster data sets. Sites like this are very versatile and can be applied to any field from ecology, to the environment, to health care, to planning and asset inventory. Mapping is in the hands of the user(s). envhealth The screenshot above is an example of what online mapping sites can do. This site is one created using Mappler, and shows the correlation between environmental and human health. The map can be viewed at http://www.mappler.net/envhealth/.   For more information on the Mappler site, visit the hompage at http://mappler.net/. Colin Munro, Intern gis@vertices.com

Community Involvement Tool

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Here at IMRivers, we recognize how important community involvement can be in maintaining the health of our waterways.  We developed an interactive map called North Carolina Muddy Water Watch, which allows concerned citizens to post pictures and descriptions of violations they witnessed that could have a negative effect upon the health of surrounding waterways.  Many of these violations go unnoticed by regulatory agencies, but with the help of our interactive mapping services and a handful of concerned citizens, these violations can be made public for all to see and the situation can be dealt with accordingly. Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern

Gulf Coast: BP Oil Slick Mapping

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Thanks to an idea given to us by our good friend Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen,  IMRivers has created a site dedicated to marking key points effected by the BP oil spill. With his support and hard work, as well as the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers, we have been able to keep track of the extent of the spill daily as well as provide you with original images from the spill site. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this map site or if you have any relavant data that you would be willing to lend us, please contact Wansoo Im at im@vertices.com. IM Rivers is also offering to provide any organization or group  interested in doing their own Gulf Coast Oil Spill related map with a free map site.

For more information:


Visit the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill Map Page

Visit the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill Website

New Map Capabilities!!

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The IM Rivers staff has been focusing much of our energy on improving the existing Interactive Mapping Application to better suit your needs. Users now have the ability to embed their interactive map directly into and existing website while retaining the Layer Control function provided on the main map site. Check out Chester River Association’s project to see an example of this new capability: