Welcome to the Owens Valley Participatory GIS
We are researchers from California State University Northridge and the University of Nebraska Omaha working on how to better understand agencies' and local peoples' perceptions of and responses to environmental change over time. Our project is called:
Coping with Change: Water Availability and Arid Land Management
The purpose of this research study is to better understand changes in water availability over time (due to changes in weather patterns and water use policies), how this has affected vegetation (forage) over time, and how local people have thought about these changes and responded to them. Our geographic focus area is the Owens Valley of California, particularly the region from Lake Crowley to Olancha.
Mapping this information will lead to a number of benefits, including:
Resources are provided by the National Science Foundation (Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program), the White Mountain Research Center, California State University, Northridge, and the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
- Collecting, preserving, and representing local ecological knowledge about environmental change
- Further understanding of changes in water availability and how these affect vegetation, as well as how local persons cope with such changes
- Leading to better recommendations about water allocation and its importance for vegetation communities
- Offer processes, databases, applications, and models that can be used by the communities in question and others working with rural people who have historical, economic, or cultural interests in specific places facing changes in water availability