CANCELLED THURSDAY 1/17: Monitoring Change on the Virginia Coast

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE: “Monitoring Change on the Virginia Coast” is the subject  a lecture by Dr. John Porter, the database and IT specialist for the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research Program.

The program is 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at the Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster.

Porter teaches courses on GIS at the University of Virginia, explaining how this technology can be used to map change and understand complex landscape patterns.

The barrier islands on the Eastern Shore of the Virginia Coast are among the most dynamic in the world. Historical maps, aerial photography, and satellite imagery have been used to quantify island movement and change.

Analysis of the changes provides insights on the future of the islands and bays along the Virginia Coast. Despite dramatic changes in the islands, the overall amount of upland and marsh has remained relatively constant leading to the conclusion that “the more they change, the more they stay the same.”



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