Image Matters LLC Announces SLAMM-View 2.0 Release

Company: Image Matters LLC
Published: 21 March, 2011
Image Matters LLC, an award winning provider of geospatial IT solutions and professional services, in partnership with The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, plans to unveil SLAMM-View 2.0 at NOAA's Coastal GeoTools conference, March 21 - 24, 2011. SLAMM-View 2.0 (Sea-Level Affects Marshes Model), is the newest version of a user-friendly Web application that enables researchers, managers, policy-makers, and the public to visualize and quantify the impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sea level is rising along most of the U.S. coast, and around the world. Rising sea levels inundate wetlands and other low-lying lands, erode beaches, intensify flooding and storm damage, and increase the salinity of rivers, bays, and groundwater tables.

Employed by researchers, SLAMM-View's visual approach to displaying coastal changes is also widely used to educate the public on the effects of sea level changes. "Sea level rise is certainly one of the most pressing issues facing many coastal communities, as well as national wildlife refuges," said SLAMM-View user Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Manager Lou Hinds. "SLAMM-View continues to be a key tool used by coastal refuge managers to involve the public in discussions concerning sea level rise as part of the Comprehensive Conservation Planning process" Hinds added.

Another SLAMM-View user, Leopoldo Miranda, Supervisor, Chesapeake Bay Field Office states "For nearly 20 years coastal change information the information provided by SLAMM was available only in table or static map form. SLAMM-View now provides this information in a visually dynamic way that more organizations and individuals will be are able to use."

Dr. Bill Wilen, Wetlands Biologist and Chair of the FGDC Wetlands Subcommittee, adds that "SLAMM-View provides a number of benefits for our organization, including facilitating public outreach about sea level rise impacts in the refuge communities, aiding the design of habitat restoration efforts, and quantifying impacts around the refuges."