Virginia CZM Program 2008 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

93.01

Grantee:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title:

Coastal GEMS Maintenance

Project Description as Proposed:

In partnership with the Virginia CZM Program, the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Environmental Studies and its subcontractor, Worldview Solutions, Inc. have created the Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System, or Coastal GEMS. It was created through FY2003 Task 95.011 and FY2006 Task 93.04. Coastal GEMS is a gateway, or starting point, for accessing more comprehensive coastal resource information which should be considered in planning efforts and in making management decisions. This gateway provides data and maps of the best remaining blue and green infrastructure in Virginia's coastal zone from across state agencies and organizations, as well as information on the value and current management of those resources.

In an effort to better visualize the cumulative and secondary impacts of coastal growth and development and improve intergovernmental decision-making, contributing agencies and organizations will continue to sign data-sharing MOUs with the CZM Program and VCU, and provide their best available data for Coastal GEMS updates. Data received, edited and updated by the CZM GIS Coordinator (as outlined in data-sharing agreements) will be provided to VCU staff for their timely incorporation into the GEMS application. VCU will retain a technical support role by ensuring the external GEMS website is functional and will work with and advise CZM staff on data editing issues.

Federal Funding:

$16,000

Project Contact:

Will Shuart, (804) 827-0150, wshuart@vcu.edu; Greg Garman, (804) 828-1574, ggarman@vcu.edu; Nick Meade, (804) 698-4297, nick.meade@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Coastal GEMS Google Analytics Report March - September 2009 (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Environmental Studies helped the Virginia CZM Program to create, maintain, and update the Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System, or Coastal GEMS, through FY03 Task 95.011, FY06 Task 93.03, and FY07 Task 93.02.  Coastal GEMS is a gateway, or starting point, for accessing more comprehensive coastal resource information which should be considered in planning efforts and in making management decisions.  This gateway provides data and maps of the best remaining blue and green infrastructure in Virginia's coastal zone from across state agencies and organizations, as well as information on the value and current management of those resources. 

Through FY08 Task 93.01, the Coastal GEMS mapping application was hosted and maintained at VCU.  During this time period VCU CES staff worked with VA CZM staff to update existing Coastal GEMS layers including: Conservation Lands, Essential Wildlife Habitat, Boating Access Sites, SAV Plantings, SAV Coverage, Constructed Oyster Reefs and to add new layers to the application including:  Seaside Oyster Density, 2006/2007 VBMP Imagery).  Data layers were processed for effective display on Coastal GEMS and then uploaded to a test IMS site where CZM staff could review symbology before they were added to the Coastal GEMS application. 

CES also secured the www.coastalgems.org domain and that domain is live now and is being stealth forwarded to the application launch page at VCU.  CES Staff also secured an email address for this domain with: info@coastalgems.org.
 
Both spatial and non-spatial information related to the Coastal GEMS application are stored on a server at VCU CES in a Microsoft SQL server database running Windows 2003 server.  The server running the GEMS application is also running Windows 2003 server as well as ESRI's ArcIMS 9.2.  During the grant period, VCU CES staff performed necessary maintenance on these servers to keep Coastal GEMS functional and online.  This maintenance included installing all required security and software updates from Microsoft and ESRI and whenever required, resolving unanticipated server hardware issues in a timely manner.
 
Visit Coastal GEMS online at:  http://deq.virginia.gov/coastal/coastalgems.html or go directly to the mapping site at www.coastalgems.org.

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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