Moscow, Russian Federation
I am a member of Crane Working Group of Eurasia (CWGE) since 2011. My work in the organization can be divided into three main directions: general GIS work of CWGE, my regional conservation project and GIS teaching. I became a GIS volunteer of CWGE in early 2014. The fact is the majority of CWGE members are regional experts, some of them apply GIS but mainly in their own local projects. However, there is no GIS specialist in the CWGE headquarter for integration of spatial data and executing of general projects. In order to fix this situation, I have started to do some GIS work of CWGE on a voluntary basis. So I am working on overall GIS tasks of CWGE such as collection and integration of spatial data from regional experts/members, fine-scale mapping and participating in international GIS projects for conservation.
I have been doing all GIS part of work behalf of CWGE in a huge project of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Crane Conservation Plan. This project brings together hundreds of local specialists from nine former USSR countries. They sent a lot of heterogeneous descriptive or spatial data on the distributions of the certain species in their regions to the headquarter of CWGE. I georeferenced the data and generalized them to produce overall maps of the crane species ranges and flyways. The draft maps were sent to all participants to get their feedback and make respective fixes. So together we have updated the range maps of critically endangered Siberian Crane, endangered Red-crowned Crane, vulnerable White-naped Crane, rare Hooded Crane and locally threatened Demoiselle and Eurasian Cranes. These are six out of 15 crane species of the world. All the produced maps in three file formats (as JPG pictures, KML and shapefiles) are available to view and download here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxj30Nqi0eOfdndQMG5Ldk9zQkE&usp=sharing.
As a GIS volunteer of CWGE I've taken part in a GIS project of International Crane Foundation (ICF). Dorn Moore, Spatial Analyst of ICF and I have developed a special GIS tool for positioning of a remote object by triangulation "Triangulate the XY of Remote Location" (the tool web page: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=ced07bf9669e44c38b2529175f14674f). The project is addressed to meet some conservationists’ tasks which deal with identification locations of wildlife objects remotely, without touching. The original aim of the tool is birds with radiotransmitters, but it has been redesigned for applying to any interesting objects of field observations. So the tool is mainly intended for positioning of mobile animals with loud voices, some visual behavior or special transmitters. The input triangulation data should include azimuths to an observed object from three points of observation and the coordinates of the observation points. The tool calculates the coordinates of the aim, estimates an error of the measurements and displays results as points of observation, bearing lines, the point of aim and the buffer of location accuracy.
GIS teaching: This is a very important part of my work as a GIS volunteer. I like to help my colleagues and regional specialists who are mainly ornithologists to figure GIS things out. Apart from some Russian CWGE members and local conservationists I have been helping Ferdi Akarsu, a Turkish ornithologist, to design a GIS model of habitat suitability indexes for threatened Demoiselle Crane species. And I have been teaching GIS Jigme Tshering, a Bhutanese ornithologist, by Skype. Jigme has unique Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT) data on migrations of endangered Black-necked Cranes. And I've been teaching him how to use GIS for visualizing and analysis of his data (e.g. a simple map of a Black-Necked Crane migration route by PTT data: https://qgiscloud.com/DmitriiS/black_necked_crane_ptt_62754).