CORE GIS Portfolio

Below is a selection of representative projects CORE GIS is currently working on or has completed over the past five years. Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images. For projects featuring more than one image, click on the image or the 'next' button to advance to the next full-size image.

Ecosystems and Topography of Belize

These maps were created to share with an elementary school in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (blog post here). The ecosystems and the majority of the base data came from the Biological Diversity in Belize website. The elevation data is a mosaic created using SRTM data. Click here for a full-res PDF of the Ecosystems map, and here for a full-res PDF of the Topography map.

Benthic Habitats of Puget Sound

The Nature Conservancy recently completed a two-year project to produce biodiversity data in support of marine spatial planning in Washington. This seafloor mapping project fills a critical data gap in the region by creating bathymetry, substrate, and geomorphology data below 20 meters depth for all of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. CORE GIS worked with TNC to produce four large-format maps to showcase the data and promote it throughout the marine research and conservation communities.

The Resilient Habitats Campaign

We have developed a series of maps for the Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats Campaign. These maps are desigened to help the Sierra Club communicate to citizens, activists, and elected officials where the Sierra Club is working to protect and restore habitats that will be resilient to climate change along the California Coast, in the Pacific Northwest, in the Greater Everglades, and several other ecoregions around the United States.

Analyzing Sprawl in the Portland, Oregon Region

The City of Portland, Oregon is widely considered to be at the forefront at combating urban sprawl. However, there is more to the story--Washington state is just across the Columbia River and development regulations are different there. The Sightline Institute wanted to know if the difference in regulations has resulted in a difference in the amount and pattern of development that has occurred on the Oregon side (Portland and suburbs) and the Washington side (Vancouver and suburbs). We used Census data from 1990, 2000, and 2010 to examine where new development occurred. The maps show dots that represent 10 new residents.

Hood Canal Watershed In-Lieu Fee Program Map

The Hood Canal Watershed In-Lieu Fee Program is being developed by the Hood Canal Coordinating council in an effort to increase aquatic resource functions in the Hood Canal watershed. The map was built using a combination of ArcGIS, Photoshop, and InDesign. We developed this map as a sub-contractor to Peterson GIS.

San Juan County Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas Plan 2011-2016

San Juan County recently adopted the San Juan County Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan 2011-2016. The Plan provides a long-term vision and six-year plan to guide action and investment in a wide variety of outdoor spaces and facilities managed by San Juan County. CORE GIS provided mapping, data development, analysis, photography, graphic design and layout. The maps at right show public and protected lands throughout the County, and proposed trail corridors on Lopez island. For more inforation, please see the project website here.

Chelan County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Washington's Shoreline Management Act strives to achieve responsible shoreline use and development, environmental protection, and public access. Local governments develop a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) based on the Act and state guidance. Working as a sub-consultant to The Watershed Company, CORE GIS serves as the GIS lead on the Chelan County SMP, which encompasses the unincorporated County and all five of the incorporated cities: Wenatchee, Chelan, Entiat, Leavenworth, and Cashmere. CORE GIS was responsible for gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing data from a wide range of sources. We mapped the initial jurisdiction and subsequent edits, conducted all of the analyses to date, and designed and produced all of the cartography.

Wild Olympics Campaign

Working with the Washington Wilderness Coalition, the Sierra Club, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, we are mapping proposed additions to wilderness areas, proposed expansions of Olympic National Park, and potential new Wild and Scenic River corridors. We are also providing detailed spatial and statistical analyses of underlying ownership, management, and forest stand age within proposal boundaries as the coalition works with local communities and agencies to refine the proposals.For more information and to see how our maps are being used, please visit the Campaign's website here.

Hiking Washington's History

The University of Washington Press published Hiking Washington's History in October, 2010. The book can be ordered here or from Amazon. CORE GIS worked with author Judy Bentley to produce over 50 maps encompassing every region of Washington State, including regional locator maps and a detailed map for every hike in the book.

Marymoor Park Map

This map was created for King County Parks and the Friends of Marymoor Park. Marymoor is a large regional park located in the City of Redmond on the north end of Lake Sammamish, and is host to numerous recreational and cultural activities--bird watching, rock concerts, bicycle racing, soccer, gardening, and many others. The map will be distributed throughout the park to help park visitors find their destinations and also provide information about the wide variety of resources and facilities. CORE GIS provided cartography, graphic design, and layout.