Mapping is one of the core skills of the naturalist. Today, that mostly means GIS (geographic information systems), here divided into ArcMap, LiDAR and IfSAR. Explore those sub-categories or view the entire JuneauNature hierarchy at this site map.

A standard step for me in scoping any new project area in Lingit Aani is to assemble all historical photography. Earliest aerial cartographic missions were by the US Navy, in 1929 and 1948. An introduction to these resources is in Historic photo missions.

If I could give one piece of advice to a high school student contemplating a career in forestry, fisheries, wildlife biology, geology, or any social science with a geographic component, it would be to take a course in GIS, the way we make ‘intelligent’ maps. Demand for facility in GIS will only increase through coming decades.

In this section

Nature near the schools: Mendenhall River Elementary. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In February, 1991, with Gustavus master-naturalist Greg Streveler, Discovery director Cinda Stanek…

1991 | Carstensen, Streveler, Stanek & Merli | workshop materials

Nature near the schools: Glacier Valley-Floyd Dryden. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In October, 1990, with Discovery director Cinda Stanek and naturalist Steve Merli,…

1990 | Carstensen, Stanek, Merli | workshop materials

Nature near the schools: Downtown Schools. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series Discovery Southeast was born at Harborview Elementary, under the tuteladge of master-teachers…

1991 | Carstensen, Streveler & Pohl | workshop materials

Digital Fish Creek

Hydrology in the point cloud. Maybe it’s all those years stippling scenes and species portraits, point by point with double-ought…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 2-minute slideshow

Glacial & cultural history of northern Lingít Aaní

A fireside presentation My talk at the Visitor Center in February, 2020 explored the past 20,000 years of glaciation and…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 27 minutes

Hammered gems & unproductive leftovers.

In 2008, Bob Christensen and I were 3 years into the Ground-truthing Project. During those 3 years, the Forest Service…

2008 | Carstensen & Christensen | 30 pages

Ground-truthing Project final report, 2005

The Ground-truthing Project, sponsored by Sitka Conservation Society, ran from 2005 to 2010. Kenyon Fields at SCS administered the program,…

2005 | Carstensen & Christensen | 63 pages

2003 winter newsletter: A deer’s map of the forest

New ideas about forest structure Seeing the forest through a deer’s eyes. Thoughts on forest structure and habitat values, resulting…

Winter 2003 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages

Montana Creek Map Series

This document assembles aerial imagery and other GIS-based maps of Montana Creek for use by teachers in class and field.…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 22 pages

Bedrock geology ArcGIS Online

Bedrock geology for Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní. Units based upon a shapefile by USGS, but color coded by 6 broad…

2015 | Richard Carstensen |

Surficial geology, ArcGIS Online

Surficial geology for the Juneau area, hosted by ESRI. I used most of the geologic surface types of R.D. Miller,…

2015 | Richard Carstensen |