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Tuesday, May 8 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: Westfield 350: Land Use and Population Changes in Westfield (MA) since 1669

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AUTHORS: Nathan A Moreau, Westfield State University; Dr. Carsten Braun, Westfield State University.

ABSTRACT: Westfield 350 takes its inspiration from the book Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by the landscape ecologist Eric W. Sanderson where he visualized and quantified the transition of the "Island of Many Hills" (or Mannahatta) to the modern urban metropolis of Manhattan. Here I present a similar GIS-based analysis and visualization for the city of Westfield (MA) and its surroundings based on a compilation of historical sources "anchored" onto a series of georeferenced historical maps beginning in 1792. My goal is to assess and map the settlement history and associated land use / land cover changes since the incorporation of Westfield on 19 May 1669. Westfield 350 will be shared with the public as an Esri Story Map as part of the 350th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Laurel/McHugh Hall First Floor

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