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GIS Technical Committee

The Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) GIS Technical Committee supports the development and maintenance of geospatial habitat and population data by GCJV partners to inform integrated bird conservation planning and evaluation.

Collectively, the GIS Committee members:
Provide technical review and guidance to the GCJV GIS/RS Analyst in incorporating biological input from other GCJV staff and committees into GIS models that depict priority conservation targets.
Provide technical review and guidance to the GCJV GIS/RS Analyst regarding technical aspects of geo-spatial and remote sensing science (e.g., hardware, software, processing, metadata, modeling, etc.).
Establish long-term data development goals and standards consistent with GCJV mission, purpose, and objectives.
Assist the GCJV GIS/RS Analyst in creating and maintaining an inventory of relevant geo-spatial data holdings by GCJV partners.
Guide the development and maintenance of an information delivery system via internet mapping applications to support accomplishments, goals, and objectives of GCJV conservation plans.
Coordinate otherwise independent geospatial activities among GCJV partners to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Determine the training needs of GCJV partners for using spatial data hardware and software applications and provide guidance in meeting the needed training.
Develop and standardize protocols for data development, formats, and sharing including Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures.
Maintain Level 1 FGDC metadata for all datasets.


Structure and Membership

The GIS Technical Committee is comprised of representatives from GCJV partners. The GCJV RS/GIS Analyst serves as Chairperson. GIS Technical Committee membership is at the discretion of each respective Board member in consultation with the GCJV RS/GIS Analyst, Biological Team Leader and Coordinator, and is based on specific skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the GIS Technical Committee purposes. Members are aware of the geospatial data holdings of their organization, proficient in the use of geospatial and/or remote sensing technologies, and generally hold positions at the Analyst level or above in their respective organizations.


GCJV GIS Technical Committee Members

Mark Parr, Chairperson
Gulf Coast Joint Venture/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lafayette, Louisiana
Brad Mooney
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Duane German
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Austin, Texas
Steve Hartley
U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center
Lafayette, Louisiana
Blair Hutchison
Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Charlie Welch
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Jackson, Mississippi
Ric Riester
U.S. Fish and Wildife Service
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Steven Gilbert
The Nature Conservancy
San Antonio, Texas