EcoArt South Florida has a set of bright and shiny new scientific analysis tools to enhance our planning processes!! A Dartmouth geography class worked hard during the Spring 2011 semester to create information-jammed Geographical Information Service (GIS) maps that will help EASF identify best locations for our new EcoArt community education and artist apprenticeship programs. EASF has the goal of establishing at least one “EcoArt Node” in each of South Florida’s five watersheds by 2015.
See all of the GIS maps here: EcoArt Dartmouth Study PDF
This GIS analysis identified what we are calling “hot spots,” by electronically layering 15 different maps. The analysis shows how human settlement and modification of various Florida landscape characteristics are impacting important ecological systems in the region; where the impacts are the most damaging; and where these impact locales (“hot spots”) coincide with areas where there are significant resources to address them, including scientific entities, educational institutions and arts organizations. See additional detail on EASF’s approach to establishing “EcoArt Nodes.”
EASF’s Site Selection Committee is currently working with these stunning and highly informative maps, readying their recommendations for EASF’s upcoming Annual Meeting in Miami September 30-October 1st 2011. Based on the GIS map revelations, the Site Selection Committee will recommend several sites best suited for successful implementation of the organization’s core program. The maps will also be included in the Living on the Edge exhibition that will be up at Ironside in Miami during the annual international Miami Basel Art Fair. More information will be available on the exhibition closer to the opening in November, 2011.
Thanks to Dartmouth College geography Professor Xun Shi, his teaching assistant Kevin M. Mwenda, and students Henry A. McQueen, Emma L. Smith, Madolyn M. Mertz, Julia A. Watson, Amanda K. Wheelock, Duncan F. Hall and Megan R. Killigrew for this valuable new tool. Professor Xun Shi and his students were recruited to assist EASF probono by Community Compact, Inc. a new service learning organization located in Palm Beach County, Florida. EASF is indebted to Mary Arpe, president of Comunity Compact, and her Dartmouth intern Alyssa Perez for recruiting Professor Shi and his students.