Scholarly Communications Project

Developing a Natural Resource Database for Geographic Information System


Khaled M. Hassouna

Special Report submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Tech in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Forestry




Dr. Richard G. Oderwald, Co-Chair
Dr. Robert H. Giles,Jr., Co-Chair
Dr. Gerald H. Cross

March 13, 1997
Blacksburg, Virginia


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 position.

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