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RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM FOREST RESOURCES:
An Investigation of the Complex Interrelated Issues Associated with Generating Automotive Fuels From Lignocellulosic Biomass

MUSES

Michigan
Technological
University
Sustainable Futures Institute
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931

Phone: 906.487.3612
Fax: 906.487.2943
e-mail: sfi@mtu.edu


 

 

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Figure of working Riparian Model, from Abood et al 2012 manuscript.
(available after submitting information and clicking through to next page)

 

 

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Working GIS image exploring the RIPARIAN MODEL.

 

 

 

 

 

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Current Research Project at Kinross Air Base, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

 

Geographic Information Systems:
Riparian Model

Faculty:
Ann Maclean , PhD;
Professor, Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing;
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Graduate Students:

Sinan Abood
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Anthony Landon
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Riparian ecotones are unique, diverse networks of vegetation and soils in close proximity to streams, rivers and lakes. Previous approaches to riparian boundary delineation utilized fixed width buffers, but using a fixed width riparian buffer only takes the watercourse into consideration.  It does not consider the surrounding landscape. By hydrologically defining a riparian ecotone to occur at the 50-year flood height and incorporating digital elevation data, the spatial modeling capabilities of ArcMap GIS are utilized to map riparian zones accurately. This approach better characterizes the watercourse and its associated floodplain. Riparian zones delineated using 10 versus 30 meter DEMs and stream course information from the National Hydrography Dataset differ significantly.  Within our study areas, 30 meter DEMs are not adequate to map elevation changes for accurate riparian area delineation. The result is a robust GIS based model in an ArcMap Toolbox format to delineate a variable-width riparian boundary.

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Biomass Inventory and Analysis System (BIAS)

Faculty:
Ann Maclean , PhD;
Professor, Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing;
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Grad Students:

Sinan Abood
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Anthony Landon
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


GIS is the merging of cartography and database technology. 

GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries that analyze spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.

This project utilizes geographic information systems technology to inventory and assess current feedstock availability; determine how and where it could be managed to meet current and future supply demands; evaluate the impact of land use changes on biodiversity (in particular, its impact on avian populations); choose study communities; and identify issues and potential solutions relating to the transport of feedstocks and the resultant products.

 



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