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The proposed project is designed to enhance the decision-making capabilities of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division, Coastal Section (ADCNR) by employing NASA data and models to analyze land-use and land-cover change (LULC) in Mobile and Baldwin Counties from 1974 to present. Project data will be transferred to MBNEP and NOAA for public access and to support their on-going efforts in the Coastal Change Assessment Program (C-CAP) and Habitat Priority Planner (HPP). Mobile Bay is vital to the environmental health and economics of the Gulf of Mexico and the nation. Several federal agencies/organizations are conducting research- and applications-based studies in the region, including this NASA-based team. We will expand upon the historical LULC products generated in the GOMA-supported Pilot Project to help identify and prioritize conservation and restoration efforts. This project will create and validate LULC products to aid end-user coastal conservation decision-making needs. We will analyze previous Landsat-based LULC products to characterize the changing urban landscape, assess the permanence of LULC change, and will suggest regions of interest for conservation and restoration. The major deliverables will be validated LULC time series, with emphasis on key watersheds identified by MBNEP; data products analyzing urban change trends; assessments of the permanence of LULC change; and model output results to identify parcels with conservation and restoration potential. Our project is relevant ecological forecasting, agriculture, and water resources applications of NASA’s Applied Science Program. In the current GOMA Action Plan, our proposal addresses the Wetland and Coastal Conservation and Restoration- and Gulf Habitats-specific long-term partnership goals and Action Item R-1. This effort will address multiple actions in the second GOMA Action Plan: H-2 (Habitat Restoration and Conservation Team), EIA-1 and EIA-3 (Ecosystems Integration and Assessment), and R-1 (Coastal Community Resilience).

Project PI: Jean Ellis/University of South Carolina

Department of Geography Callcott, Room 227 Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-1593  

Fax: 803) 777-4972

Email: jtellis@mailbox.sc.edu

http://www.cas.sc.edu/geog/people/ellis.html

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