Land Use Academy

GTP Projects

Some current but mostly archived project work completed by GTP team members and the Center for Land use Education and Research.

Phragmites australis - Threats to Tidal Marshes of the Lower Connecticut River

Tidal marshes in the lower Connecticut River significantly have been altered in the last few decades from the rapid expansion of Phragmites australis, a highly aggressive invasive reed. Through collaboration with a number of academic, state, municipal and nonprofit organizations, we investigated the use of high-resolution multi-spectral imagery and LiDAR to detect the presence of P. australis and to monitor the efficacy of eradication programs. To learn more, visit project website.

Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas

The Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas is an interactive online map viewer designed to assist industry and resource managers with planning for and management of shellfisheries activity including commercial and recreational harvesting and aquaculture. It is available free of charge. To learn more, visit project website.

Development of a Geospatial Database to Support Water Planning in Connecticut

The Connecticut Institute of Water Resources funded the development of a comprehensive statewide digital geospatial database that will be used to support water allocation planning and analysis. GTP program staff assisted in database design and in the collection of water resources data, water withdrawal and diversion data, water quality and related datasets. To learn more, visit project website.

Tracking Changes to Agriculture Land in the Lower Connecticut River Valley

This was a collaborative project between Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut. This research focused on how agriculture lands changed from 1970 to 2006 in the Midstate and Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Areas. Funding support for the project was provided by the Middlesex County Community Foundation, Wesleyan University, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UConn and the Middlesex County Extension Council. To learn more, visit project website.

Characterizing Land Type Associations for Connecticut and Rhode Island

The USDA Forest Service funded the development of a geographic reference framework for the characterization of Land Type Associations for Connecticut and Rhode Island. Land Type Associations (LTAs) are a unit of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units, a hierarchy based on the concepts and terminology developed by numerous scientists and resource managers. The purpose of deriving these landscape units was to identify ecologically meaningful land units to better frame decisions regarding ecosystem research, sustainability, management, and policies. To learn more, visit project website.

Coastal Erosion Research at Griswold Point, Old Lyme

Griswold Point was a sand spit at the mouth of the Connecticut River that measured 1.5 kilometers in length in 1992. In the winter of 1992/1993, it was breached and has since been eroded to less than a third of its previous length. A GTP fellowship supported research conducted by Tracy Krueger (Wesleyan University, Department of Earth and Environmental Science) as part of her Masters Degree Program. Tracy used high-precision ground surveying, aerial photography and multi-spectral remote sensing to investigate coastal erosion processes at Griswold Point. To learn more, visit project website.