NatureMapping Activities - Emerging Technologies: Student Guide
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Student Guide

13. Using Emerging Technologies to collect and analyze data

Community Exporer

The Community Explorer story is a real example of how decisions can be made using GIS.
The story is divided into the following sections:

  • Willapa Bay Introduction
  • Non-native Aquatic Species
  • Bullfrog Background
  • Spartina Background
  • Green Crab Background

Begin the Community Explorer process and click the links on the left to change the views on the right.

  • Willapa Bay Introduction describes Willapa Bay's history How big is the Willapa watershed? Oysters are cultivated over how many acres?

    Name the different clam species (cockle, Eastman, eastern, horse, and manila). Note: "nodata" under the clam names means there is no name in the database for the area (polygon) matching the color code next the word “nodata”.

    • Non-native Aquatic Species
         Name 3 non-native species

    • Bullfrog Background
         Where are bullfrogs likely to be found?
         How many bullfrog sightings were recorded?

    • Spartina Background
         Why do you think the person studying Spartina is wearing little inner tubes on his feet?
         What was the year the Spartina patches were photographed?
         Where would you expect to find Spartina in Willapa Bay?
         Are the good oyster beds affected by Spartina?

    • Green Crab Background
         Where do you find Green Crabs?
         It has been speculated that Green Crabs are closely linked to Spartina.
         Does the data support that assumption?
         How many millions of dollars of potential damage did the media report?


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