Geospatial Wetlands Impacts & Mitigation Forecasting Models

Wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres. —Ramsar Convention


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.

Baruch egret
Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown, SC

Statement of Work

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.

  1. Construction of a statewide geospatial database
  2. Assessment of existing state wetlands mitigation tools/approaches
  3. Development of a GIS-based wetlands mitigation forecasting model
  4. Application of the tool to selected state watersheds
Harbison Park
Harbison Park, Columbia SC