Physical Geography and Sciences


Tev'ye Davis



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Tev'ye Davis, GEG418: Remote Sensing
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Tao Tang, Geography and Planning, Director Lisa Matthies-Wiza, Erie County Office of Geographic Information Services

Various government agencies and authorities have implemented health safety measures which include travel restrictions that have curtailed leisure options for Erie county residents. One of the most accessible and low- to no-cost leisure options Erie County residents is visiting local parks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that visiting local parks is one of the best ways people can stay mentally and physical healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the increased usage of Erie County local parks in 2020, the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department would like to improve the safety and user experience of certain actively used trails. With the democratization of LIDAR datasets and digital elevation models through the New York State GIS clearinghouse, this GIS service project, completed for Erie County, illustrates how local parks safety and user experiences can be improved. We also highlight software limitations and alternatives.

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3D Elevation Profile Analysis for Erie County Park Trails
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