Welcome to the Owens Valley Participatory GIS
Please read the following research statement before using the site - Also Please take our SURVEY HERE !
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:

  • 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
Funding for this research has been 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.

Time commitment: Your time spent involved in the Participatory GIS is entirely up to you. You can log in and out (with your username) whenever you choose for as long as you choose. Who can participate?

  • You have observations about environmental change (water or plant change) over time
  • You live, work, or own land in the Owens Valley, California
  • You are over 18 years of age
Confidentiality: We do not collect identifying information. You will not be asked for your name, contact information, or any other data that would compromise your anonymity. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. Your username maintains your anonymity. We cannot track your information and we cannot access your password. This study has been reviewed and approved by the CSUN Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Thank you very much for participating! If you know others who may be eligible and interested in participating, please pass on the link!

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1313656.