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Citizens to lend a hand as Rowan geographers track land use in NJ

Date: Monday, October 7, 2013


Rowan University's Department of Geography & Environment is seeking assistance from private citizens to help identify areas of growth and development in the state through its new NJ MAP Growth project.

The goal of the easy-to-use internet program, developed by the department's Geospatial Research Laboratory (GeoLab) in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, is to provide municipalities with the most up-to-date information on development in an effort to help them make decisions about land use moving forward.

Anyone—"from octogenarians to 10-year-olds"—can contribute to NJ MAP Growth by logging onto the GeoLab's web page. The web-based mapping tool allows users to view aerial photographs, zoom into areas they're familiar with, and provide updates on new housing, new businesses and other construction online.

Mapping begins on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and continues until the update is complete. Rowan students and faculty members will demonstrate the NJ MAP Growth project—and contribute information about the growth they've seen in their individual municipalities—from noon-2 p.m. in the Geography & Environment Department on the third floor of Robinson Hall.

The web page can be found at