UF/IFAS FLREC Vegetation Map
The University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Geomatics program used ArcGIS Online in an integrative approach to teaching and extension activities at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center for mapping vegetation species across campus. The first objective was to serve the information needs of the various horticultural groups (e.g., UF Environmental Horticulture Department, Florida Master Naturalists, Florida Master Gardeners, Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida, Palm School) that use the campus for continuing education seminars, full day workshops, and courses throughout the academic year. Prior to this project, no vegetation maps of the campus existed, vegetation inventory lists were minimal, and detailed species information was not centrally located. The second objective was to provide experiential learning to novice Geomatics students through exploration of GPS data collection techniques, GIS data management, and web mapping. The collaborative effort resulted in a modified ArcGIS Online Shortlist App that provides users with a single portal to access location and vegetation characteristics on individual plant species found in the many demonstration gardens across campus.