Research Theme Area Profile
A Focus on GIS for Conservation at Miistakis
No matter what question one asks about responsible land use planning, there is a spatial element to the consideration of that question. GIS, spatial analysis, and the maps we produce can greatly enrich our perspective on a wide range of issues related to the challenge of balancing conservation and appropriate development. GIS can be a very useful and powerful tool.
This is not to say that every problem is best addressed solely through the analysis and mapping of spatial data. There are more efficient and effective ways to approach some problems, and some things that matter to conservation and land use can’t be represented spatially, and are fundamentally unmappable.
This article provides a brief discussion of the Miistakis perspective on GIS for Conservation, one of our areas of special expertise. We’ll highlight some recent changes in this field, draw attention to some elements that stay the same, and share some of our recent conservation GIS and mapping successes.
The Liberation of GIS
Recent changes to GIS have made it more of a technology of the people. Popularization of GIS has served to improve spatial literacy - our ability to understand the spatial context in which things are set - and to change the nature of the work done by GIS specialists.
Lisa Boyer, Summer Student
My appreciation for the environment started at an early age. I grew up in the Okanagan Valley, and I would say my most memorable moments were spent on the tops of apple trees playing hide and seek with my older sisters. Climbing up the twisted branches, I could see nothing but more treetops and blue skies. Often we spent days in the Kettle Valley, dipping our toes in to some of the cleanest and coldest water we could find.