Past Projects

Since its inception in 1984, the GeoPlan Center has been self-funded through various contracts with state governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and other private organizations.

Florida 2070

Florida 2070 is a joint project of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the GeoPlan Center and 1000 Friends of Florida. The study includes a series of statewide and regional maps for three scenarios: 2010 Baseline, 2070 Trend emphasizing current development patterns and 2070 Alternative with a more compact pattern of development and increased protected lands. The resulting report and visualization of Florida 2070 uses map graphics to illustrate the impacts of population increase and associated development on land use and water needs.

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LUCIS – Land-Use Conflict Identification Strategy

Developing alternative future land use scenarios is a proactive approach to land management, resource management, and political and economic responsibility. The UF GeoPlan Center has developed a process for creating alternative land use scenarios using the Land-Use Conflict Identification Strategy (LUCIS). LUCIS is a goal-driven GIS model that produces a spatial representation of probable patterns of future land use divided into several categories. The methodology illustrates the impact of population increase and paves the way for developing more sustainable patterns of land use.

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Project Team: Peggy Carr, Paul Zwick, Iris Patten.

Florida Trails Network 
Project Dates: July 2004 – June 2012

The Florida Trails Network is an interactive website maintained by GeoPlan for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails. The website serves as a centralized location to exchange and collect existing recreational trails data from around the state. The website supports OGT’s vision to create a statewide connected system of greenways and trails.

Project Team: Crystal Goodison (Principal Investigator 2008-2012), Alexis Thomas (Principal Investigator 2007 – 2008), Peggy Carr (Principal Investigator 2004 – 2008)

National Childhood Obesity Geographic Information System 
Project Dates: November 2009 – October 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with the University of Florida, is developing an innovative National Childhood Obesity Geographic Information System (GIS) infrastructure. The goal is to develop place-based analytic tools that can link environmental, and policy determinants of physical activity and healthy eating with measures of children’s activity, dietary patterns and other related obesity measures. This approach holds enormous potential to inform and redirect efforts and target resources to more effectively impact childhood obesity health outcomes.

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Project Team: Ilir Bejleri (Principle Investigator), Ruth Steiner (Co-Principal Investigator)

GIS and the Florida Geographic Data Library: A GIS Continuing Education Course 
Project Dates: April 2006 – June 2008

This continuing education course, developed by the GeoPlan Center, was designed to teach planners, environmental scientists and other professionals how to use the Florida data available in the FGDL with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The two-day instructor-aided course covered basic GIS concepts and skills using the FGDL’s Florida data, the FGDLView ArcView extension and the FGDLExplorer Viewer.

Project Team: Paul Zwick (Principal Investigator), Richard Schneider (Co-Principal Investigator), Ilir Bejleri (Project Manager)

An Environmental Analysis and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Database Project 
Project Dates: September 1995 – August 2001

The GeoPlan Center collaborated with the Environmental Management Office of the FDOT to support FDOT NPDES activities. The major tasks for this project were: development and maintenance of a GIS database of county and statewide data; creation, testing and modification of an NPDES application; and training of FDOT staff in the use of the NPDES application, ArcView GIS software, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Project Team: Paul Zwick (Principal Investigator), Alexis Thomas, Ilir Bejliri

EPA Southeastern Landscape Ecological Analysis Project 
Project Dates: September 1998 – September 2004

The Southeastern Ecological Framework Project is a GIS-based analysis to identify ecologically significant areas and connectivity in the southeast region of the US. The states included in the project are Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Project Team: Peggy Carr (Principal Investigator), Paul Zwick (Co-Principal Investigator), Thomas Hoctor (Co-Principal Investigator)

Florida Conservation Atlas 
Project Dates: Jan – December 1999

The Florida Conservation atlas was a conglomeration of conservation-oriented spatial datasets that can be used in different scales of conservation planning. The atlas is also a compilation of material overviewing the history of conservation and conservation planning and programs in Florida.

Project Team: Paul Zwick (Editor), Peggy Carr (Editor), Robin White-Young (Editor, Author), Karen Whitney (Editor), Ilir Bejleri (Project Manager), Barbara Stafford-Pierce (Author)

Florida Statewide Greenways Systems Planning Project 
Project Dates: August 93 – June 2008

The GeoPlan Center assisted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails in the physical planning of the initial Florida Statewide Greenways and Trails System. The GeoPlan Center also made significant contributions to the completion of the five year implementation plan for the Greenways and Trails System, Connecting Florida’s Communities with Greenways and Trails. Executive Summary of the Implementation Plan

Project Team: Peggy Carr (Principal Investigator), Paul Zwick (Principal Investigator), Tom Hoctor (Co-Principal Investigator), Mark Benedict (Co-Principal Investigator), Wesley Harrell (Database Administrator)

Florida’s Turnpike District NPDES MS4 Project 
Project Dates: February 98 – August 2001

The GeoPlan Center assisted the FDOT’s Turnpike District in conducting NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) inspections, monitoring, and assessments of DOT turnpike facilities within the district. The main tasks of this project included: development of a computer hardware and compatible software system, creation of a training program for Turnpike District staff, and development of a GIS database.

Project Team: Paul Zwick (Principal Investigator), Renee Pfeilsticker (Project Manager)

Paseo Pantera 
Project Dates: January – June 1993

At the request of the Paseo Pantera Consortium, a multidisciplinary research and planning team was formed at UF in 1992 to explore the potential for using GIS technologies to aid in the design of a Mesoamerican biological corridor network. Partial funding was provided by the USAID Guatemala-Central American Program (G-CAP).

The team’s initial goal was the mapping of a continuous biological corridor, stretching from Colombia to Mexico, in order to (1) demonstrate that a continuous corridor is still feasible, considering that many areas have already been developed; (2) generate support for a Central American corridor network; and (3) determine the accuracy and availability of information needed to define a detailed and feasible corridor network.

Project Team: Peggy Carr (Principal Investigator), J. David Lambert (Principal Investigator)

Radon Potential Mapping in Florida 
Project Dates: August 1989 – December 1995

Project Team: John Alexander (Principal Investigator), Paul D. Zwick (Co-Principal Investigator), Stanley S. Latimer (Co-Principal Investigator)