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Monday, November 6 • 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Poster Session. Land Cover Change and Forest Loss in the Woonasquatucket Watershed in Northern Rhode Island

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AUTHORS. Kaitlynn Howard and John Stachelhaus ?" Bryant University, Smithfield , RI

ABSTRACT. Land Cover Change and Forest Loss in the Woonasquatucket Watershed in Northern Rhode Island Kaitlynn Howard and John Stachelhaus ?" Bryant University, Smithfield , RI Land Use/Cover data from the RIGIS database from 2003 and 2011 was used to determine and show changes in land cover within the northern section of the Woonasquatucket watershed resulting in a loss of forest cover. The loss was mainly the result of an increase in developed land. ARCGIS desktop was used to aggregate similar attributes in the 36 code MacConell modified Anderson Level 3 RIGIS land use data to create Level 1 land cover, 7 feature code attributes for the 2003 and 2011 data sets. The two resulting polygon feature classes were "dissolved", new polygon area attributes were calculated and the results were statistically analyzed for land cover changes over the 8 year period. A statistical loss of 630 acres or approximately one square mile of forest cover for the 25 square mile area studied was shown. Most of the changes were the result of development in smaller polygons making these changes difficult to see in an overall graphic representation. Not surprising in a relatively densely developing urban environment such as Rhode Island, the resulting loss of forest cover was due mainly to a gain in developed land. A rough estimate of loss of carbon sequestration due to forest loss was determined to access possible local impact on climate change.

Monday November 6, 2017 4:15pm - 6:15pm
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