National Park Service

Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

Data Visualization

The Natural Resource Condition Assessment uses monitoring methods to describe ecosystem health.
Vegetation Visualizer (Veg Viz) graphical output of cheatgrass cover class values by sample frame at John Day Fossil Beds NM. Pictures are representative of the graphed cheatgrass cover values.

With the ever increasing amount of I&M monitoring data available for use, the I&M program has recognized the importance of developing tools that increase awareness of and facilitate utilization of these data for the benefit of informed resource management.

As example numerous collaborative data visualization and data dissemination efforts are under way at the UCBN. These efforts are being performed in a collaborative environment with other I&M networks, the national level I&M (WASO) program, the NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) directorate and other collaborating partners.

See below for further information:

Sagebrush Steppe Vegetation Visualizer (VegViz)

Web portal for data visualization and data export of Sagebrush Steppe monitoring data across the UCBN and Greater Yellowstone (GRYN) networks. This is a multi-year project going into the second year of development (Winter 2015-2016). Collaborators include the UCBN, GRYN, National I&M program and Walking Shadow Ecology. Stay tuned for further details on VegViz functionality.

Aquarius Integrated Water Quality Data Portal

UCBN Integrated Water Quality data across 13 monitoring sites is available for graphical display and data download on the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Aquarius web portal. UCBN continuous water quality data on Aquarius includes water temperature, pH, specific conductance, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen.

The Climate Analyzer

The Climate Analyzer data portal can be used to foster use of climatic data across UCBN parks for monitoring activities and subsequent analyses. Data sources harvested and available for display and analyses include climatic data from the National Weather Service (COOP/GHCN data), NRCS Snow-Telemetry (SNOTEL), Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS), and Hydrological data from USGS stream and lake gages. Climate analyzer has been developed by Walking Shadow Ecology, and is currently used by numerous I&M networks and parks. For additional information visit the climate analyzer website www.climateanalyzer.org.

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