GIS technology and Hawaii Scenic Byways
From left: Kash Reid, Bob Kull, Jim Pedersen, Dennis Elwell, Marge Elwell, Sean Dunckel
The Hawaii Scenic Byways project team traveled to Kau May 31-June 2 to provide technical assistance with the Physical/Visual Survey portion of the Corridor Management Plan (CMP) process, and included an introduction to GIS technology.
What is GIS Technology?
GIS (Geographic Information System) technology is a system of computer software and data that organizes, analyzes, manages and presents geographical data.
How can GIS be used for Byways?
GIS can effectively help byway groups address the CMP guidelines, especially for collection and mapping of data including location, condition, intrinsic quality identification and photographs of features or sites along the byway.
We also drove the byway and participants began their Physical/Visual Surveys, providing the information needed to establish data for each highway segment. If the subjective ratings of feature significance are incorporated into the GIS, GIS can also be used as a tool to evaluate and determine the management priorities in each highway segment, as well as the entire scenic highway corridor.
Mahalo to Dennis and Marge Elwell, Gil Robinson, Rita Pregana, Lorie Obra, Blossom DeSilva, Dallas Decker, Julie Neal, Karen Valentine and Wendy Vance for joining us for 3 very productive and enjoyable days.