Sierra Nevada Network for Education and Research
Summaries of SNEP GIS Database
Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP) published a comprehensive assessment
of the ecoregion in a report to
Congress in 1996. The report contained a great deal of spatial
information about the entire Sierra Nevada ecosystem. To support
the assessment, a geographic information system (GIS) database was compiled.
This valuable resource is available over the World
Wide Web, but users need specialized software to extract information
for their own analyses.
Several institutions are working to make the SNEP
material more accessible and useful to a broad range of stakeholders in
the ecoregion. Creation of a
new campus near Merced provides an opportunity for the University of
California system to contribute to environmental research, education and
outreach in the region. The UC Office of
the President (UCOP) has recognized this opportunity and has already
moved decisively to promote and fund research and outreach activities that
help to identify UC Merced with innovative environmental education and
research aimed at both the Sierra Nevada and the San Joaquin Valley.
UCOP has funded the Sierra
Nevada Network for Education and Research (SNNER) to disseminate SNEP
data and findings and to support their application in local and regional
conservation and ecosystem management activities. This web site provides
and tabular summaries of SNEP data for 24 watersheds and 20 main counties
over the World Wide Web. This information is being presented as a
standardized series of tables and graphs for each county and basin.
A user begins by selecting either a county or a basin name from a list.
The selection is linked to a web page for that area, which contains some
basic information about it. Each topic is linked either to an explanation
of the topic and the source of information used to calculate it or to a
chart or table summarizing more complex information. It is our hope
that repackaging the SNEP data and putting it on the Web will prove more
valuable to local planners and grass-roots organizations.
Click on this link and select either a county
or a basin to see the summary results.
GIS summary by county or basin