Application of GIS technologies in environmental activities
  (for example biosphere of Teberdinski region)

Ekaterina Victorovna Kurkina


Geoinformatics departments

Russia has a multifaceted experience for Nature at its vast territory. One of the main areas of environmental protection is to build a network of specially protected areas. In Russia the creation of protected areas is traditional and very effective form of environmental protection. The network of protected areas is developing, these territory are completely or partially removed from agricultural use, of exceptional importance for the conservation of biological and landscaping diversity as the foundation of the biosphere.

In recent decades, forest reserves are undergoing substantial transformation, as related to their direct economic use and with exposure to fires, logging and natural disasters. The result is a dynamic equilibrium violation of the forest ecosystem, changing its biodiversity and ecological functions.
To improve forest conditions of the Teberdinski region and maintain their role in regulating natural processes needed to develop new methods of forest management based on modern information technology. New challenges in the field of forest management requires the integration of existing knowledge about the functioning of forest ecosystems of different spatial level, revising the principles of organizing information for the timber industry, expanding its content. All of these tasks, the most promising in the developed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to merge the information flows in forest management, forest industry and Environment [Cokolov V.E, et al. 1997].

The purpose of geographic information system of Teberdinski region operational support is relevant and predictive information on the status of the forest areas of forestry and other consumers concerned with nature conservation, environmental protection, management and biodiversity conservation of forest ecosystems.
Development and widespread adoption of information technology provides an opportunity to create databases of various levels offers great opportunities for spatial simulation and best analysis of the situation.
In the process of GIS implementation of the Teberdinski region was performed as follows:
1. inventory and processing of material available for subsequent "geo-data" applications;
2. Digital elevation model investigated territory on the basis of scale forest map scale 1:25 000;
3. Created an attributive data base - a critical component formed GIS, which included: the types of forests, dominants (or predominant breed), dominant class of age, height, diameter, height above sea level;
4. Based on descriptions of taxations in the environment created GIS series of thematic maps (distribution of stand age class, diameter, height and type);
5. Determined the structure of GIS, integrating a variety of raw data - from tables to attribute raster images and thematic maps constructed.
In analyzing the data management realized the possibility of building automated thematic maps on a standard set of indicators. It was developed a method of mapping materials management. The methodology is based on collecting material on a regular network with cells in size 250 x 250 m, which is the best choice for further spatial simulation [Pogorelov A.V, et al. 2007].
The work was developed the concept and implementation methods of creating maps for spatial data analysis and management of factors determine the effect of topography on vegetation reserve.
Experience has shown the appropriateness of the GIS into existing studies for examples the creation of Teberdinski region GIS withdraws environmental studies for a new qualitative level.



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2.  Соколов В.Е., Филонов К.П., Нухимовская Ю.Д., Шадрина Г.Д. Экология заповедных территорий России. М.: Янус, 1997.

[Pogorelov A.V, et al. 2007]

[Cokolov V.E, et al. 1997]