The use of QGIS and Grass to deliver GIS applications to a wider audience.

Presentation | Presented

  • Ken Sanderson, Miistakis Institute

In the Crowsnest Pass of southwestern Alberta, rising concerns regarding limited land-base and the need to protect critical wildlife movement passages leads to potential conflicts between environmental priorities and economic opportunities. This highlights the need for a consensus-building approach to land use planning within the Crowsnest Pass. The Miistakis Institute has developed a dynamic, interactive mapping tool that will allow users to examine the spatial interplay between development considerations and conservation priorities, and to understand the consequences of different development strategies. The simultaneous identification of development constraints and conservation priorities provides a spatial and visual perspective to discussions regarding land use planning in the Crowsnest Pass.

The model as designed was limited in how it could be shared and used due to costly commercial software and licencing issues. Seeing an opportunity to utilize open source software the model was converted to run in Python utilizing QGIS and Grass, and other open source projects like wxPython and py2exe.

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