Students in NRE 355 visited the 740-acre Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve on September 21, 2016 and used mobile devices to collect GPS data for the existing trail network. They mapped approximately 3.2 miles of trail then used ArcGIS and CARTO to measure the trails and create a 2D map and 3D visualizations of the nature preserve.
Our methodology for creating the Scenic Index uses ArcGIS's Raster Calculator function to find areas that are not covered in tree canopy and are illuminated by a setting and/or rising sun using the sun's position for September 21. The index uses three layers as input in Raster Calculator; an NDVI raster from 2016 NAIP aerial photography and two Hillshade rasters from 10-meter DEM showing areas of illumination during an equinox sunrise and sunset.
Find the students' pages here: http://sweb.uky.edu/~blshea1/nre355/pksnp/