Funded by NJMC
NJMC Meadowlands Commission serves their constituency of planners, environmentalists, researchers, teachers, and other interested public with rich environmental data in the form of documents, satellite images, measurements of chemical and physical parameters from water, land and air, maps, wildlife inventories, videos and photographs.
Digital meadowlands this information is continuously collected and integrated into searchable digital forms available to all who are interested in the estuary.
is a project sponsored by MERI and implemented by Rutgers University
CIMIC Center to develop the tools and technologies to support
models for meadowlands environmental data capturing, data representation
and storage, data manipulation, data dissemination, and integration.
The goal is to satisfy the needs of meadowlands decision makers
and information seekers with intuitive, multi-media presentation
of meadowlands data in rapid and accurate manner.
Specific objectives of Digital Meadowlands include:
1. Integrate data and generate customized value added applications
to give a holistic view of the urban estuary, biodiversity, vegetation
patterns for better decision making to manage meadowlands area
2. Controlled release of sensitive information to the appropriate
users at appropriate level
3. Streamline the Meadowlands Management and Business Operations
4. Provide a user-centric and user-friendly interface for data
and information browsing and retrieval
5. Identify scientific data and information available and rapidly
changing information needs of diverse user groups in the meadowlands
6. Design and Build appropriate data model and algorithms to process
- (semi-)automate generation of semantic and other metadata
to describe data items
- Develop Scientific Data Warehousing, and indexing to provide
Effective and efficient storage and retrieval
- Develop algorithms and methods for meaningful Data Mining,
Spatial Data mining
- Facilitate Interoperability for seamless integration of
data and information flow
7. Integrate and streamline the process of information gathering,
storing and retrieval
8. Provide a uniform interface for accessing a number of catalogs
and other information sources and rank them in the order of user
preferences and support non-exact matches.
Overview of Data and Collections:
Digital Meadowlands maintains the following data repositories.
This collection contains a fisheries
resource inventory of the Hackensack River and five of its
tributaries within the boundaries of Meadowlands District.
Monthly and quarterly data from twenty-one regular sampling
locations are currently available.
Water Monitoring Network
Currently three calibrated water monitoring
stations in Hackensack River has water sensors collecting
water quality parameter data every 15 min interval. The
purpose of the monitoring is to identify any acute water
Water Monitoring Network
Seasonal sampling data from four times
per year (spring, summer, fall and winter) at 14 sites on
the Hackensack River and its tributaries allow to monitor
approximately 25 parameters to obtain a general assessment
of the overall water quality in the Meadowlands, and to
capture any large-scale, long-term trends in water quality.
Weather Monitoring Network
A weather sensors attached on a monitoring
station collect the weather related parameter data in every
Summary results from the air pollutant
data collected by a team of researchers will be available.
monitoring (Sediment Chemistry) data
This collection is a database of the
chemical and biological data in fourteen marshes. The chemical
concentration data of different locations in each site is
and interactive GIS Maps
Meadowlands district maintains digital,
Web-based interactive maps of district as well as municipal
governments maps. These maps are searchable through metadata
Satellite imagery collections include
low to high resolution images ranging from AVHRR, LANSAT,
Orthophotos and hyperspectral AISA and ASTER images.
A collection of photos about meadowlands
district are digitally available and content-based as well
as keyword based search and browse are available.
Video collections include Meadowlands
area, events and press coverage videos.
Reports and Document collections include
hundreds of documents and reports generated by various scientists
and consulting companies.