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Wellington Park Digital Geosite Inventory

Citation

Williams, MA and McHenry, MT, Wellington Park Digital Geosite Inventory, University of Tasmania (2022) [Published Creative Work]

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Copyright 2020 University of Tasmania and ESRI. Designed and Compiled by Mark Williams.

Official URL: https://utas-spatial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/ind...

DOI: doi:10.25959/DYJ7-QB46

Abstract

Geoconservation is, at its foundation, a grass-roots movement with geoheritage represented by geosites containing the most scientifically significant and valuable geodiversity elements. Problems arise in the assessment and communication of inventory due in part to inconsistent and traditionally time-consuming, ‘snapshot’ assessments that are difficult to spatially monitor.

The case study of kunanyi/Mount Wellington and the encompassing IUCN Category II Wellington Park Reserve was chosen to explore the complexities of geosite and geodiversity site assessment, detection and communication. Using digital tools, we revised a 25-year-old snapshot inventory, configuring the ESRI ‘Collector for ArcGIS’ app for in-field data collection. Additional digital tools supported spatially accurate, engaging and interactive online inventory including UAV videos and 3D Models.

The opportunities realised in the creation of the digital inventory and assessment process remedy many issues that currently hamper practical Geoconservation, improving cost, consistency and standardisation of the inventory assessment and the quality of geotouristic and educational products. This digital approach could assist protected area managers and geoconservationists to monitor, protect and communicate inventory over the long-term. Additionally, the digital inventory is an engaging tool for public outreach and teaching purposes, which has been accessed via the the public URL over 1200 times since Jul 2, 2019 (accessed May 20, 2022).

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:geoconservation, geoheritage, geodiversity, protected areas, parks
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Williams, MA (Mr Mark Williams)
UTAS Author:McHenry, MT (Dr Melinda McHenry)
ID Code:149793
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2022-04-13
Last Modified:2022-07-04
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