Landscape Visibility Analysis

Landscape Visibility Map
Viewshed Analysis in Western Alameda County
Client:   Resources Law Group

The Resources Law Group supports a wide range of innovative and effective conservation strategies and programs, frequently partnering with GreenInfo Network on projects including an assessment of landscape conservation of key viewsheds in a part of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The western hills of Alameda County California have been the site of major conservation acquisitions to conserve impressive scenic beauty, maintain biodiversity and ranching, and to forestall inefficient suburban development.

GreenInfo Network was asked to develop an assessment of showing specific areas of these dramatic hills that were most visible from the urban areas of the region. Using Esri's Spatial Analyst software, we defined a series of observation points and then calculated the exact areas of the hills that could be seen from them, combining the results into a coverage showing all the lands visible from any of the points. This analysis was used to inform conservation acquisition options for this region.

Focus:   Conservation  

Services:  GIS Services, Analysis, Data 

Tags:   California, Esri ArcGIS, Viewshed  

Project Years: 2004

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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