Interactions between people and the environment present great challenges to coastal resource management. Weeks Bay Reserve in Alabama and Grand Bay Reserve in Mississippi jointly hosted a coastal decision maker workshop on the GIS tool, ArcHydro (ESRI, Redlands , CA ). The training was designed to assist developers, planners, engineers and natural resource managers to better understand the impacts that changes to watersheds coupled with natural elements have on our coastal resources. The GIS tool evaluates the relationships between rainfall and terrain in order to better understand how these elements interact and impact the flow of water across watersheds to sensitive wetlands and coastal environments.
John Cartwright and Louis Wasson , Research Associates at the GeoResources Institute at Mississippi State University were the instructors at the training held in Gautier , Mississippi . John has been involved with Weeks Bay Reserve for several years and was a Graduate Research Fellow. Marian Dicas , Grand Bay , and Mike Shelton , Weeks Bay , Coastal Training Program coordinators organized the workshop. ArcHydro has been one of several technical tools that assist resource managers.