WELCOME TO THE ADAPTIVE HABITAT SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

LESSON 1

Hello & Welcome!

 

Please take a few moments to review the video where we introduce you to the Adaptive Habitat (AH) program, and what you can expect over the coming days.

IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS

1. DOWNLOAD GOOGLE EARTH PRO

If you don’t already have it, download and install Google Earth Pro for desktop. Click on the icon above to visit the Google Earth download page.

2. GO BACK & GET YOUR CONTOUR MAP

Return to the previous window / tab (the AH Contour Map Generator) & you’ll now see a download button under Step 3.

3. DOWNLOAD THE LAND DESIGN TOOL

Download the Adaptive Habitat Tool (v2.0) for Google Earth, by clicking HERE or on the download icon directly above.

4. CHECK YOUR EMAIL

Make sure that our Welcome Email has hit your inbox. You may want to check your spam folder, add our email to your contact list and/or if you use Gmail Tabs, you may want to follow these steps to ensure you see our emails.

TAKE ACTION

  • Google Earth Pro is quite intuitive and easy to learn. Note that Google Earth Pro (for desktop) is different than Google Earth (for Chrome), as it provides additional capabilities such as GIS data import capability. You’ll want to learn at least some of the basic functionality of this program. If you are generally comfortable with software you are likely pick it up by simply starting to play around in the program. If you need a little more support, these Google Earth Outreach Tutorials are very good, and the Google Earth User Guide is another comprehensive resource.
  • Next, open up Google Earth Pro, and import the Adaptive Habitat Tool (KMZ file) into My Places  using these instructions OR by simply dragging and dropping the KMZ file into the Google Earth Pro Places Panel, under the folder My Places (see the image below).
  • In the Places Panel, click on the folder that now appears there called “Adaptive Habitat Tool (Self Study Version). The folder will toggle open and reveal a hierarchy of folders (i.e. the workflow), which will guide you through the land design process. Start exploring these folders, and if you see a toggle element, be sure to click through to find the content within.
  • Drag & drop your contour map file (KML file), downloaded from the Adaptive Habitat Contour Map Generator, into the folder called “02 Geography”, located under STEP 2: Design.
  • Lastly, check out the Adaptive Habitat Program playlist on Youtube, where we post recordings of webinars that we’ve hosted about the program, how to use our tools and provide answers from students.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Drag & drop the Adaptive Habitat tool (KMZ file) into the Google Earth Pro Places pane, in My Places.
Click on the toggle icons to the left of each folder to expose any nested folders.
Drag & drop your contour map file, downloaded from www.countourmapgenerator.com, into the folder labeled "02 Geography", under STEP 2: Diagnose.

There’s a lot to absorb here, so we’ve broken this self-study program into 6 more lessons.

We will also be broadcasting live webinars (and recording them). Watch for email invitations to participate live, or view past recordings here.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email & associated lesson, which is about the importance of process.  Tomorrow we will also be sharing with you our third tool: The Adaptive Habitat Process Pyramid!

 

Rob & Takota

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