International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Practitioner Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in GIS for Development and Environment (GISDE)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger


GIS, coastal geomorphology, NPS, Gateway National Recreation Area


This project paper details the activities carried out as a Geologist/GIS Specialist in the Gateway National Recreation Area as a part of the Geoscientists-In-The-Park internship program. The focus of this position was on supporting the geomorphological monitoring efforts of the National Park Service. This was accomplished through a combination of field data collection, GIS analysis, report writing, and project work. By the end of the internship, substantial progress was made to the formation of Gateway’s Annual 1D and 2D report for 2015-2016, field data were collected for the 2016 summer season, changes in geomorphology were explored and summarized for the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and feedback was provided to refine the 3D monitoring protocol document.

This paper is organized into five chapters. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction to the internship and organizations. Chapter 2 describes the organizational structure within which the internship operated. Chapter 3 gives an account of the responsibilities of the internship. Chapter 4 consists of an assessment of the internship, while Chapter 5 provides concluding remarks.



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