GI for Sustainability

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6208.1 - URBANCOST a GIS Server to the conservation of urban wetlands

Thursday, July 6
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Maryland C

Latin American cities have experienced an urbanization which has social and environmental problems due to urban sprawl. The present work describes a URBANCOST, a web map platform of the wetlands areas in a context of recent urban sprawl in the Concepción Metropolitan Area, Chile. Although the wetland areas are important ecosystems in Concepción, urbanization has progressively increased and impacted negatively their ecological and agricultural value over the last decade, implying a loss of surface and disturbance in biodiversity. The Urbancost is a GIS platform which purpose is to gather, generate, process and publish geospatial information and indicators of urban wetlands to the community. The output corresponds to an online map displaying layers of the most important wetlands, land use, and urbanization and biodiversity indicators. Furthermore, the map allows doing queries of geoinformation which it is specially relevant due to wetlands are located on private land without environmental protection. They have been affected by pressure for planning, transport infrastructure projects and real estate value for housing. The technological platform based on GIS contributes to the management of the urban wetlands by decision makers, stakeholders and common users.

Carolina Alejandra Rojas

Associated Professor
Universidad de Concepción

Associate Professor at the Geography Department of Universidad de Concepción, Chile. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, and recently She did a Postdoctoral stay in School of Geography of MCMaster University, Canada. She is a Chilean Geographer of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. Her work at the University of Concepción includes teaching and research in GIS, Urban Ecology, Transport, and Urban Geography. Since 2011, she has been the Coordinator of the Master Program in Geographical Analysis. Her research is focused on urban growth, urban ecology, and transport and mobility

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Ivonne Rueda

Geographer
Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable

Geographer from Universidad de Concepción

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Helen De la Fuente

Geographer
Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable

Geographer from the Universidad de Concepción

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Horst Kremers

CODATA-Germany Chair, Berlin (Germany)

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