Title page for ETD etd-3151793973981

Type of Document Special Report
Author Hassouna, Khaled M.
URN etd-3151793973981
Title Developing a Natural Resource Database for Georgraphic Information System
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cross, Gerald H.
Giles, Robert H. Jr. Committee Co-Chair
Oderwald, RIchard G. Committee Co-Chair
  • GIS
  • natural resource management
  • maps
  • virginia
Date of Defense 1997-03-13
Availability unrestricted
Geographic information systems ( GIS ) are an

effective tool for land management. By

studying the land formations and land cover of

a site, much information about the tree and

animal species inhabiting a site can be

estimated. The managers of public or private

lands may find the concept of a multi-layer

analysis of their land useful in discriminating

locations based on their many characteristics. I

created a database of a small area with no

previously specified objective. I produced a

group of map layers emphasizing the

methodology and the ability of making any

number of overlays or combinations of layers.

I estimated the time and cost involved in

producing these layers. I produced layers of:

elevation, slope, aspect,

watershed-depression, watershed-flow

direction, watershed-streams, and roads. I

created a group of categorized data layers:

elevation, slope, aspect, erosive slope,

watershed-flow accumulation, buffered roads,

and buffered streams. I made some

combinations of different layers explaining the

potential uses of such combination. I used the

work of my graduate colleagues to illustrate

the importance of such work when combined

in natural resources management.

Combinations were made of: forest cover,

average temperature, solar radiation, and slope


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