Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mapping of campus trees begins ...

An interdisciplinary effort to map the trees on campus used for instruction began yesterday. Buddy Tignor, Pete Kennedy and Jim Hamilton have begun development of a teaching tool for students on and off campus to be able to access and learn about trees. The first phase of the project will involve using the new Trimble GeoXH GPS units to acquire an accurate position (latitude / longitude) for each tree as well as digital photographs of the major tree characteristics such as leaf, bark, and fruit.

Once this information has been collected, the tree positions will be tied to a database of the images and tree descriptions. The final stages of this project will involve publishing this information to the internet via a live interactive map of the campus showing tree locations, pictures and primary characteristics.

The project will be ongoing and images will be obtained of the trees in different seasons. This tool will provide our students in Horticulture, Forestry and Geospatial Technology and outlet for learning about technology and the environment right here on campus or from afar using the online mapping application.


At 11:22 AM, Blogger mtnbiker said...

Hi Pete, Looks like a familiar project you guys are working on. If any of your classes would be interested I would be glad to show how the Arboretum is doing our cataloging of trees. - Angela


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