Google Earth Module: Sandy Point Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

For a class assignment, I created a Google Earth map of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Overview of Sandy Point NWR.

Printed output from Google Earth view of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.

The actual file I submitted for grading is hosted online on my Google Site:

<https://sites.google.com/site/mountainsol/Home/SPNWR-SW.kml>. (Really I should have uploaded it as a a KMZ).  There is more detail in the Google Earth File, but unfortunately, WordPress does not allow an embedded KML viewer, found at <http://dl.google.com/developers/maps/embedkmlgadget.xml> and discussed in detail by Google Earth Outreach.

However, it’s possible to embed a Google map on my Wordpress open notebook / portfolio.

For an interactive map on this site, allow an embedded map from “My Maps” on Google Maps Engine Lite (albeit with the limitation of 4 KML layers).

I really should include metadata, however for a short run down, I used the critical habitat boundary from the National Marine Fisheries Service to clip the GIS data for the Fish and Wildlife Service boundaries dataset (someone at FWS was lazy and just digitized a polygon around the water – the FWS is responsible for nesting habitat management to the waterline; NOAA/NMFS is responsible for the breeding habitat designated by the critical habitat designation). I also added the official FWS roads shapefile, because Google has incorrect information. In essence, all this data is official data, but the SPWNR boundary modified by me as described.  It should go without saying this is for educational purposes only, and official GIS data should be sought from the source (FWS, NMFS).

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on August 12, 2014, in Coursework, GeoWeb Technologies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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