In September 2014, Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) National Elk Refuge to collect high-resolution light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data. The cooperative project with the National Elk Refuge, which shares a boundary with the parks, was jointly planned to support a variety of critical applications. As soon as the data became available, NPS geographic information system (GIS), hydrology, and project management staff were able to use the elevation data in a number of diverse projects.
As part of the ongoing effort to collect lidar coverage across the entire Shenandoah National Park, the NPS worked with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program liaison to acquire lidar data from their most recent Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah Multi-Hazards project. Data from this project will be incorporated into GIS visualization layers in support of detailed facility mapping, improved spatial accuracy of backcountry roads and trails, and further refinement of cultural resource site studies.
The NPS is using WorldView-2 high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor coastal change in Alaska's arctic national parks with the help of cooperators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The well-documented decrease in arctic sea ice cover in recent decades has raised concerns that the extensive coastlines of Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve could be experiencing accelerated erosion and other detrimental impacts.
The GIS Team conducted a comprehensive update and densification of interior National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) data features for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (GLBA). The editing protocol for GLBA NHD updates was primarily a traditional image interpretation and manual data editing process. The key layers employed were Pleiades-1A, 0.5-m resolution, color infrared (CIR) satellite imagery for visual validation of hydrography features and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) elevation data for validating water flow paths across the landscape surface.
As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), this project is mapping vegetation comunities in Everglades National Park and parts of Big Cypress National Preserve via collaboration among multiple entities: the NPS South Florida/Caribbean Network (NPS SFCN), the U.S.