Use of a Geographic Information System as a Tool for Making Land Use Management Decisions for Coastal Wetlands in a State Regulatory Program

by Terry W. Howey, Louisiana Dep of Natural Resources, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,
James H. Blackmon, Louisiana Dep of Natural Resources, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Coastal Management Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is responsible for protecting and managing activities which occur in wetlands. As a tool for making decisions concerning proposed activities and the evaluation of possible consequences of, or alternatives to, these activities, a geographic information system (GIS) has been implemented. The GIS is based on a Data General MV-10000 computer and uses the public domain Map Overlay and Statistical System (MOSS) as the main software package which provides information to coastal resource analysts to aid in the review of proposed activities. Monitoring wetlands areas and updating the extensive map data base held by the Coastal Management Division is conducted using the ERDAS software and LANDSAT thematic mapper data along with aircraft borne high altitude thematic mapper simulator data obtained from flights over the coastal areas. System features and applications are discussed.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Wetlands (coastal) | Information management | Land use | Coastal management | Mapping | Computer software | Louisiana | United States

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