GRI FY 2014 Map and Report Product Completions

November 12, 2014Cover of the NPS Geologic Resources Inventory report for Crater Lake National Park

Fiscal Year 2014 was a busy and productive year for the CSU-NPS Geologic Resources Inventory team. This year the GRI Report team completed geologic reports for 16 National Park Service Units. The GRI Map team delivered new digital geologic maps, which includes GIS data and Google Earth products to 18 NPS units and updated mapping for 5 additional parks. 

The recently completed maps and reports contribute to the GRI objective of increasing understanding of the geologic processes at work in parks and providing accurate geologic information for use in park decision-making. Each GRI geologic report describes the significant geologic features and processes present in the park and identifies key geologic resource issues for park management. Sound park stewardship relies on understanding natural resources and their role in the ecosystem, of which geology is the foundation.

Below are the FY 2014 map and report completions:

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2014 Digital Mapping Techniques Workshop

Geologic Resources Inventory Map Team members (from left to right) Ron Karpilo, Stephanie O'Meara, Georgia Hybels, Jim Chappell, and Derek Witt in front of their poster at the 2014 Digital Mapping Techniques Workshop.June 16, 2014

GRI Map Team members Stephanie O'Meara, Jim Chappell, Ron Karpilo, Derek Witt, and Georgia Hybels attended the 18th Annual Workshop on Digital Mapping Techniques (DMT '14) June 1-4, 2014 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The objective of the workshop is to foster informal discussion and exchange of technical information and expertise, and to develop more efficient methods for the many aspects of creating, managing, and serving digital geoscience map information. The workshop attracts a mixture of scientists, cartographers, GIS specialists, and data managers from the U.S. Geological Survey, state geological surveys, National Park Service, universities, and private industry.

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GRI Team Wins 2013 Esri Map Gallery Award

January 7, 2016The GRI poster titled: “Publishing Concepts to Derive Multiple Digital Data Formats using ArcGIS,"by Stephanie A. O'Meara, James R. Chappell, and Ronald D. Karpilo Jr. won second place in the Best Software Integration category in the Map Gallery Competition at the 2013 Esri International Users Conference.

Earlier this month, 15,322 individuals with a shared interest in geographic information system (GIS) technology converged on the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California for the 2013 Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International User Conference.  The Esri International User Conference draws attendees from over 130 countries and is the world's largest event dedicated to GIS technology.  

The GRI map team attends the Esri International User Conference each year to learn about advances in GIS mapping technology and techniques, GIS software updates, and the opportunity to meet with Esri representatives and GIS industry professionals to work to improve our map production efficiency and solve software issues.

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2013 Digital Mapping Techniques Workshop

Stephanie O'Meara (left), Jim Chappell (center), and Ron Karpilo (right) with the GRI poster at DMT '13 at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.  Thanks to Doug Curl of the of the Kentucky Geological Survey for taking this picture for us.
June 12, 2013

Last week GRI Map Team members Stephanie O'Meara, Jim Chappell, Ron Karpilo, and Georgia Hybels attended the 17th Annual Workshop on Digital Mapping Techniques (DMT '13), June 2-5, 2013 at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.  The purpose of DMT is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of technical information for scientists, cartographers, and GIS specialists who use digital techniques to create, publish, manage, and analyze geologic maps and data.  This year the meeting focused on interactive web maps and mobile apps for fieldwork and presenting geoscience information to the public.

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Zion National Park Geohazards Map Complete

April 4, 2013

The spectacular sandstone canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park in southwestern Utah attracted almost three million visitors to the park in 2012. The same geology that attracts millions of visitors is the source of a variety of geologic hazards; including: flooding and debris flows, rock fall, landslides, surface faulting, liquefaction, collapsible soil, expansive soil and rock, gypsiferous soil and rock, and soil piping and erosion. Understanding and mitigating the risks associated with geohazards in Zion is a significant concern for National Park Service (NPS) resource managers and park visitors.

In an effort to provide critical geologic information to National Park Service resource managers and the public, the Colorado State University Geologic Resources Inventory (GRI) team is happy to announce the completion of the Digital Geologic Hazards Map of the Zion National Park Study Area, Utah.

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