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Tuesday, May 8 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
PRESENTATION: Did You See NBEP's Poster at the Fall Conference? This Is How We Did It. Harmonizing Data Across States to Create Sound and Natural Resource Indicators in a Shared GIS Database

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AUTHORS: Eivy Monroy*, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program; Julia Twichell, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program; Anne Kuhn, US EPA Atlantic Ecology Division; Mike A. Charpentier, CSRA; Jessica Cressman, Environmental Data Center URI; Juliet Swigor, MassDEP; Peter August, University of Rhode Island; Paul Jordan, RIDEM; Courtney Schmidt, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.

ABSTRACT: The poster presented at the 2017 NEARC Fall Conference "2017 State of the Bay and Its Watershed, Mapping Drivers of Change and Variation" was awarded People's Choice and Best Overall. This presentation describes the process and practices related to the results displayed on the poster and documented in 2017 State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed report by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP). The Narragansett Bay Watershed is bi-state (MA and RI) and there are obvious challenges for compiling and harmonizing data in a seamless way across political boundaries for which data are not consistent, insufficient, or not comparable in terms of what data is collected, data definition, and temporal and geographic-scale. These challenges are compounded when dealing with an extensive range of environmental indicators. The approach involved three best practices ? partnerships, data selection with a focus on spatial and temporal scales and representativeness, and using proper (and diverse) methods for each indicator (including advanced geospatial tools in ArcMap, and Dasymetric Analysis). The goal of bringing harmonized data together and developing sound science and data management continues with creating data sharing protocols and updating databases. Concrete benefits are visible - NBEP partners representing state, NGO, and academic institutions are requesting and using the improved geospatial and tabular data and results for their own initiatives, outreach and watershed management. Use of data that cuts across political boundaries facilitates better management for a common purpose - the conservation and enhanced environmental management of the bi-state Narragansett Bay and watershed.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 201

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