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A geographic information systems technique for monitoring contaminants in Galveston Bay, Texas

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Abstract

A geographic information system (GIS) was used to compile a series of databases containing details concerning metal contamination and pollution sources to study their impacts on the Galveston Bay (TX) ecosystem. Using these databases, a series of maps with various overlays was created with ARC/INFO software. These maps allowed patterns of spatial distribution of numerous variables to be easily visualized so that the impacts of urbanization and industrialization on the natural resources could be examined. Resource managers can use these capabilities in their comprehensive plans for managing individual activities within an overall regulatory framework. The visual displays and cartographic output of the system can be used to locate and identify ecologically sensitive areas and to study trends in these areas over time. These vector GIS techniques have the potential to be more integrated with aerial photography and other remotely sensed data for a more extensive overview of the environment and patterns of interaction

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title A geographic information systems technique for monitoring contaminants in Galveston Bay, Texas
Volume 1930
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher International Society for Optical Engineering
Contributing office(s) Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, National Wetlands Research Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Needs and Solutions for Pollution Monitoring, Control, and Abatement: Proceedings of the First Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments
First page 405
Last page 415
Conference Title First Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments
Conference Location New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Conference Date 15-17 June 1992
Country United States
State Texas
City Galveston
Other Geospatial Galveston Bay