Utilizing LUCIS model to enhance corridor prioritization and design plans for the Western Greenway project in Miami-Dade County, south Florida
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Miami is a city of rapid and constant change, some of which is at the expense of its neighboring wetland area, the Everglades. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDC-PROS) has embarked on an ambitious planning effort in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to develop a Western Greenway along the county’s western edge. To assist with Greenway planning efforts, this project used NASA satellite imagery to derive a vegetation index and a land cover classification map which served not only as inputs for the Land-Use Conflict Identification Strategy (LUCIS) model, but also provided tree cover parameters which helped explore more specific design and greenway alignment. Conclusions drawn from the LUCIS model identified the most suitable land for recreation, conservation, and agritourism. This project contributed to decision support tools of MDC-PROS and The Trust for Public Land for planning green infrastructure corridors preserving the Everglades.