(HERO object-based Lawn Mapping Exploration of Suburbia) is a subgroup of the HERO project
which conducts .45 meter resolution mapping of the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Site
. It was created in September 2006, when two geography professors at Clark University (Colin Polsky
and Gil Pontius
) recognized the need for a high-resolution dataset to foster collaborative research with two ecologists (Chuck Hopkinson
and Wil Wollheim
). That discussion formed the basis for a successful, $1.4M grant proposal to NSF’s Coupled Natural-Human Systems competition, submitted in November 2006 and awarded in May 2007. This project uses the premise described above about suburbanization to examine social dynamics, ecological dynamics, and coupled socio-ecological dynamics.