Deliverable C, Part 2: Wetlands
Mitigation Site Identification Desktop GIS Tool Technical and Training Manual
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Mitigation Site Suitability Tool (WMSST) provides the ability to identify
suitable locations for wetland mitigation sites by integrating data sources
that capture the biophysical characteristics of wetland mitigation sites used
by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) within various regions of Michigan. Site suitability output results are integrated within a Geographic Information
System (GIS) to provide decision support for planning for the location of
wetland mitigation sites before extensive field-work is begun.
The tool is
comprised of a customization of the industry standard ESRI ArcMap GIS software
application, several relevant data sources for analysis and visualization,
including two new soil moisture layers developed by MTRI, and the facility to
perform complex analysis tasks in an event-driven, easy to use interface. The
tool output is integrated with a GPS unit for interactive assessment within the
source in the tool is associated with a predefined weight or suitability
ranking. The tool provides the capability to alter the weights for each data
source so that users can map suitability according to local priorities, and
also supports other data sources for visualization and decision support, such
as aerial photography and National Wetlands Inventory maps. Using the weights,
the tool generates a wetland mitigation site suitability map using a simple button
control for the selected area of interest. The suitability map output will
display in the application window after rendering and may be output to the
printer using a standard format, analyzed on-screen in the office or field, or
saved and retrieved for later analysis. Output results can be compared with
existing land-use, parcel data (where available), aerial photography, and other
data sources to enable cost-effective planning of field work and other
mitigation banking tasks.
serves as the technical and training manual for the Wetland Mitigation Site
Suitability Tool. It describes the system architecture, installation process,
data components, and how to prepare for, conduct, and interpret a site
suitability modeling session.