Mary Nelson, a graduate student in the landscape architecture program, has received a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her proposal, Visualization of Site Specific Phytoremediation. Her project will utilize GIS software to create an interactive database of phytoremediation species that can be cross-referenced to specific geographic locations for the visualization of their spatial and temporal design. Using GIS technology, the scientific data of phytoremediation, (the plant species, contaminant(s) addressed, and quantifiable data on the remediation process) can be represented as a graphic database cross-referenced to site-specific qualities, (climate, geography, solar orientation, soil type) informing not only what species would function best, but also the spatial and temporal growth potential of each plant. The expected result is an interactive database that will identify the phytoremediation plant species and methodology available to any site of a users choosing.
As primary faculty advisor, Julie Bargmann, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, will guide research on both phytoremediation and design. As the faculty co-advisor, David L. Phillips, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, will guide the GIS resources of the project, including the development of appropriate geodatabases and 3D visualization, and the utilization of resources available at U.Va.s Geospatial and Statistical Data Center.
Additional Information: EPA's STAR Fellowship Program
Published: August 21, 2006