This wetlands mitigation related project was initiated to assist the South Carolina Department of Transportation plan for future environmental wetlands mitigation activities. The proposed solution is to develop a geospatial database of relevant wetlands and ancillary data, research the current state-level wetlands mitigation efforts from a transportation planning perspective, develop a GIS-based wetlands mitigation forecasting model, and apply the tool developed to selected watersheds within South Carolina to better understand the current and future wetlands context. This project at the GISciences Research Laboratory within the University of South Carolina's Department of Geography will complete these four tasks in support of and with guidance from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The work plan for this project is divided into four separate but closely linked tasks with a final task of writing the project report with a maintenance plan. We plan on initiating the first three tasks almost simultaneously.