University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center
Assistant Director for Extension, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Affiliate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fellow, Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Goodnight Hall, Room 201
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1177
Telephone: (608) 262-6515
Fax: (608) 262-0591
Email: dhart *at* aqua.wisc.edu
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Wisconsin Geotools Project
This collaboration allows environmental groups to form digital spatial narratives for their own coastal community. The pilot project is under development in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Spatial Narratives of the St. Louis River Estuary
This collaborative project involves organization of scientific and geospatial information for the new National Estuarine Research Reserve in the St. Louis River estuary. It involves Minnesota and Wisconsin researchers and includes a digital archive for the scientific studies in the estuary and watershed, research on anthropogenic stressors in the St. Louis River watershed, creation of a “deep map” that provides a natural and cultural narrative for the estuary, and innovative place-based games to engage students and citizens in the NERR.
Visualizing Coastal Processes
Information collected about coastal processes is often very technical in nature and difficult for coastal landowners to understand. This project integrates animation, aerial photography, pictures, charts, and text to help the public better understand: (1) the natural process of coastal erosion; (2) how local land development decisions impact coastal erosion; and (3) the case for scientifically-based coastal development setbacks. It examines coastal processes for a location just south of Concordia University in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. Funding was provided by UW Sea Grant and the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technologies.
Acquisition, and Integration of Large-Scale Digital Mapping for the Wisconsin Lake Michigan
Shoreline in Support of the Lake Michigan Potential Damages Study
This research project, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District integrated large-scale, local government spatial data to support analysis of the potential damages caused by storms in conjunction with high water levels in Lake Michigan. The digital spatial data included: parcels, planimetric features, topography, digital orthophotos, land use, land cover, and soils. The location of the study covered a 1000-meter zone inland from the Lake Michigan shore in Wisconsin. In addition to the primary role of supporting the Lake Michigan Potential Damages Study, the research also served as an early test of the ability of the Wisconsin Land Information Program to support collaborative regional efforts.
GIS Training for DNR Water Management Specialists in Support of the Wisconsin Waters Initiative
The primary goal of this project was training of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) water management specialists on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in their day-to-day activities. This activity supported the Wisconsin Waters Initiative, a program to integrate state and local water protection programs and make site-specific information readily available for state and local regulatory staff, property owners, and developers.
Lake Superior Binational Program--Urban Stormwater Project
This project examined the use of GIS to facilitate stormwater planning and management in 14 communities with a population of greater than 5,000 in the U.S. portion of the Lake Superior basin.
Contemporary Topics in Urban and Regional Planning: Mapping Mashups
(Spring 2009 - URPL 590 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, co-taught with A.J. Wortley)
Creation of geospatial data is accelerating at a rapid pace. Increasingly, these geospatial data are being made accessible on-line as web services. Innovative organizations have begun to integrate these web services and develop web mapping applications that can be used for a variety of purposes. An example is Walk Score that lets the user calculate the “walkability” of their neighborhood along with a listing of the closest business in a variety of categories. Recently, software has been developed that lets people without extensive computer programming skills develop mapping applications that pull data from multiple distributed sources. These applications are referred to as “mapping mashups.” This course nurtured an understanding of the mashup phenomenon and provided “hands-on” experience on the use of Google Maps, Google Earth, and selected open source tools to develop web mapping applications.
Contemporary Topics in Urban and Regional Planning: Planning Support Systems
(Spring 2009 - URPL 590 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Urban and Regional Planning)
Planning Support Systems (PSS) are designed to analyze and compare the impacts of alternative land use scenarios. PSS software is growing in sophistication. Research by Professor Asligül Göçmen indicates that while the use of GIS in Wisconsin planning agencies is extensive, there is little use of PSS at the local government level. This workshop utilized prominent PSS software and Wisconsin GIS data to analyze alternative land use scenarios. Students explored the evolution of planning support systems and the application of INDEX PlanBuilder and CommunityViz software.
Great Lakes Curriculum Development and Evaluation
(Summer 2008 - ENR 690 - Ohio State University, Stone Lab, co-taught with with Dr. Rosanne Fortner)
Virtual globes such as Google Earth are intuitive and effective tools for learning about the environment. This course provided five teachers from two states with the concepts and methods needed to apply virtual globes in environmental education. During their week at Stone Lab on Lake Erie in Ohio, teachers developed virtual globe applications on topics including climate change, aquatic habitat, and water quality.
Applied GIS Workshop: Land Use Inventory and Analysis
(Spring 2007 - URPL 969 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Urban and Regional Planning)
This intermediate-level course focused on the application of geographic information systems in the practice of urban and regional planning. Students learned about cutting-edge land classification and field inventory methods, as well as GIS functionality for working with parcel maps and tax assessment data. The central component was a class project covering the collection, formatting, analysis, and presentation of land use data for a neighborhood in a Great Lakes coastal community utilizing the Land-Based Classification Standards developed by the American Planning Association. Planning issues addressed include the preservation of “working waterfronts” and smart growth concepts associated with the transformation of an obsolete industrial corridor into a vibrant employment center that mixes residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
Applied GIS Workshop: Rethinking New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina
(Spring 2006 - URPL 969 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Urban and Regional Planning)
This GIS course allowed students to use GIS to offer ideas and recommendations on how to rebuild New Orleans. It provided an opportunity to learn about the environmental setting and culture of New Orleans; review the literature on coastal hazards, disaster recovery, sustainable development, and public participation GIS; acquire and integrate spatial data; conduct sophisticated GIS analyses; and communicate ideas in a forum that will help guide decision-makers as they shape the city’s future.
Applications of GIS in Urban and Regional Planning
(Spring 2005 - URPL 969 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Urban and Regional Planning)
This introductory GIS course focused on the application of geographic information systems in the practice of urban and regional planning. Topics covered included data models and structures, coordinate systems and projections, thematic mapping, spatial analysis, acquisition and integration of spatial data from various sources, interoperable web mapping services, spatial data policy issues, and GIS application development. The central component was a class project covering the collection, formatting, analysis, and presentation of land use data for a Madison neighborhood utilizing the Land-Based Classification Standards developed by the American Planning Association.