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Project Gallery

Below is a selection of the projects completed by Georgia Tech as part of the collaboration. Click an image below for a description of the project and further information.

Maps and Apps

Discover, explore and analyze geospatial data through our online apps and story maps. Click an image below to go directly to a specific app or story map.

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Vegetation Viewer

Home Range and Vegetation Viewer

This web application makes use of both the gorilla movement data and the biomass tracking data obtained in Rwanda. Home ranges are displayed by year and gorilla group, with the user able to select the probability used in the Kernel Density Analysis to determine the home range. Biomass is seperated by vegetation type and sampling location.

Tabular presentation of both datasets as filtered by the user are available for futher information about the gorillas and the vegetation in Volcanoes National Park. Charts help visualize plant diversity and density by sample plot.

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Tracking Gorillas in 3D

3D Gorilla Movements Viewer

One of the uses of the gorilla tracking point data is the visualization of individual group movements over time. In this web based data viewer, each Gorilla home group is represented as a point on the map with the group's short title above it. As the app steps through the years, the emergence of new groups can be seen as the original Gorilla groups either fracture or change leadership.

Controls are available to step forwards and backwards through the data, change the playback speed, highlight groups, and change the viewing angle.

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Ranging Story Map

Ranging Story Map

This Story Map provides some background on Dian Fossey and the Gorilla Fund she established to promote conservation efforts for endangered mountain gorillas. With background on past data collection and analysis methods, gorilla group family dynamics, and the Kernel Density Estimation used to establish home ranges, this map is a great introduction into the work completed by Georgia Tech and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

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Poaching Story Map

Poaching Story Map

This map application covers the background and type of poaching that affects the endangered mountain gorillas in the Virungas mountains. Data collected by anti-poaching teams is presented by category and type, with hotspot analysis results showing the areas most likely to be negatively affected by human activity inside the park.

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Ranging Story Map

Landcover Story Map

The data presented in the appliaction covers the past two decades of population growth, increasing agriculture, and landcover change in the vicinity of the Karisoke Research Center. Information about the classification of satellite imagery into land cover classes and the comparison of these classes over a twenty year study period accompanies data-swipe maps and illustrative examples.

About Us

The Georgia Tech Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (formerly the Center for Geographic Information Systems) has a storied history of developing tools for remote sensing and geospatial analysis. For nearly 30 years, the Center has colalborated with educational institutions, state and local governments, and nonprofits to deliver top quality GIS products and services. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has been a close colleague for more than 15 years, with projects ranging from field-centric data collection, cutting edge 3D visualization tools, to classroom curriculum development.