Welcome to the WI Coastal-Management Data Infrastructure

Data, Tools, and Training to Address Lake Superior Region Coastal Hazard Mapping Issues

About

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Project of Special Merit is focused on providing data, tools, and training to coastal communities in Wisconsin. The project is starting by focusing on the Lake Superior region and tackling one of the key issues impacting communities in that region: culverts.

As rain events become more frequent and intense, so does the damage to culverts. Through inventory and mapping, at-risk culverts can be identified and upgraded replacements can be justified. This project aims to provide the resources needed for coastal and culvert managers to quickly and appropriately respond to damages or identify vulnerable culverts before catastrophe.

Project Team

Melanie Kohls
Outreach Specialist

Melanie manages outreach within and beyond the community of practice, working with coastal community members to tackle issues and build a supportive environment. Melanie earned her Masters in GIS & Cartography in 2019.

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Genevieve Burgess
Research Specialist

Genevieve graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 with a BS in GIS & Cartography and a certificate in Environmental Sciences. She acts as data librarian and analyst for WICDI. Genevieve also works with Hayden in the project's data infrastructure.

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Jim Giglierano
State GIO

As the State Geographic Information Officer, Jim provides vision to guide the project towards its goals. Before moving to Wisconsin, Jim worked for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach as a Geospatial Technology Program Manager.

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Howard Veregin
State Cartographer

Howard, State Cartographer at UW-Madison, oversees the University's role in the project. Howard’s interests include print & Web cartography, data development and GIS-based analysis & processing, and emerging applications of geospatial tech.

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Hayden Elza
Developer

Hayden works behind the scenes to build and maintain WICDI's spatial data infrastructure: the "Collaborative Support Environment", or CSE. His interests include free and open source GIS, open data, spatial databases, spatial web tools, and drones. 

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Community of Practice

Contact Us

Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
384 Science Hall
550 N. Park Street 
Madison, WI 53706-1491

Phone: (414) 721-8316

Email: mkohls@wisc.edu

This Project is an initiative of: