Research

The following is a listing of our current GIS research projects.

New Jersey Municipal Asset Profiler

NJ MAP is a dynamic web based map viewer that works to aid municipalities in making environmentally sound planning decisions.  Developed through the support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, it will be launched statewide at the NJ Future Redevelopment Forum in March. The map viewer and data presentation tool focuses on specific “themes” of data relating to urban planning and environmental stewardship.

Wildlife Habitat Change Analysis

This project is a collaboration with NJ DEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife -Landscape Project. Habitat change trend information is a required and fundamental component used to successfully assess and manage endangered and threatened wildlife species.  Habitat loss and fragmentation continue to be the two most serious threats to wildlife populations.  To effectively protect our endangered and threatened species populations and to evaluate protection efforts, it is important for New Jersey to actively monitor habitat change trends for each listed species.

Analysis of wildlife habitat change will reveal and formalize fundamental trends specific to endangered and threatened species habitat and ensure that Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) has access to readily available, up-to-date habitat change information to support program initiatives.  Results of this analysis will provide ENSP with a tool to help prioritize work for particular species and their habitats.  Data produced from the analysis will also provide a basis for species status assessments, recovery plans and additional analyses such as evaluating habitat change in regulated vs. unregulated areas, evaluating habitat conservation planning efforts, and evaluating other land-use planning, land management and preservation efforts.

Changing Landscapes in the Garden State

The data used in the report and animated maps was provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and is available for download. Approximately 1 million map tiles were generated to produce all of the project’s maps. Our GIS server runs an open-source stack, utilizing GeoServer and TileCache for rendering the maps. Due to the massive amount of data used in this project, the map tiles are stored on an Amazon S3 instance and delivered through CloudFront.

Our interactive maps work well with modern web browsers. If you have the option, use a web browser other than Internet Explorer, as it has issues properly rendering the semi-transparent map tiles. Internet Explorer 6 and earlier are not supported.

The interactive, animated web maps were colaborative effort developed by John Reiser and John Hasse of the Rowan Geospatial Research Lab.

National Guard GIS Internship Program

Rowan University was contracted in 2009 to map various facilities of the New Jersey National Guard (NJNG). The GeoLab uses GPS enabled technology to map the exterior structures of NJNG’s Readiness Centers. The data collected support the National Guard’s Real Property Inventory (RPI) and Common Installation Picture (CIP).

Reports and data are presented to the National Guard through a GIS web enabled server based at Rowan University. Through this program interns have the opportunity to explore and gain valuable experience in GIS outside of the classroom.