for Assessing the Effects of Urbanization
this project we will focus on the development of the section
of the Boulder Creek watershed that contains the Boulder campus.
We are interested in:
How has campus growth changed
the natural groundcover in the watershed?
What is the
extent or magnitude of these modifications?
did these changes occur?
have a very good digital map of campus that we can use as the
base for our study. Each person will be responsible for selecting
one section of campus for detailed investigation. The steps in
our study are:
1) Choose the section of campus that you wish to study. If possible, pick
an area that mixes new and old growth.
2) Acquire a copy of the digital campus map from the
directory. This is a compressed zip file for the CU campus in DXF
format along with an Excel spreadsheet describing the contents of the layers
of this file.
3) Open or import this DXF file in Freehand and begin mapping changes.
4) Survey your study area on foot to check your digital map and gather
direct evidence of the timing and sequence of changes.
5) Gather archival and historical sources including photographs and
air photographs that allow you to track and date changes in groundcover.
I ahve a set of air photographs from different decades in digital form that
I will leave in KESDA. We will try to localize changes to particular
decades, rather than years, so good sources of information include local
libraries and history collections. CU's
official building list
is available from Facilities Management
6) Develop a coding scheme for the information you have gathered.
7) Use the information you have gathered and the coding scheme to
map the changes in your study area.