Integration of National-Level Geospatial Ecological Tools and Data

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Planning Environment Linkages (PEL) initiative and the work done through the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) on integrating conservation and highway planning encourage addressing potential environmental issues early in the transportation planning process. However, there is often not enough environmental data available early on to have a meaningful discussion among stakeholders. The primary objective of Project C40A, Integration of National-Level Geospatial Ecological Tools and Data, was to develop an integrated, geospatial ecological screening tool for early transportation planning that produces results that can carry through and inform the environmental review process. This report documents the development of the tool. This report and the geospatial tool named Eco-Plan will be of interest to anyone who works with environmental data to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the environmental impact of transportation or other infrastructure projects. Through web services, Eco-Plan accesses state and local data sets published by federal resource agencies and provides tools to integrate them with state and local data collected at that level. The idea is to provide an organized structure for all available environmental data within a context that can support early and fruitful discussion among transportation planners, resource agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. The big picture objective is to improve the environment, not just mitigate impacts, and to expedite delivery of highway projects. This is accomplished by identifying and addressing potential environmental issues as early as possible so unexpected issues are less likely to emerge later and cause delays.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 162p
  • Serial:
    • SHRP 2 Report
    • Issue Number: Report S2-C40A-RW-1
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01537265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309274074
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SHRP 2 Report S2-C40A-RW-1
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2014 11:00AM