ICE is an environmental information brokerage and research laboratory in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy at the University of California, Davis, under the direction of Professor Jim Quinn and Associate Director Karen Beardsley. ICE specializes in the development and dissemination of geospatial data and technologies; the development of robust data architectures dedicated to the cataloging of global environmental information; and the creation of decision support systems geared toward improving the capabilities of resource managers in a variety of sectors.

ICE Feature Article

California Roadkill Observation System featured in the New York Times


According to the Humane Society of the United States, over a million animals are killed every day on our roads and highways. The UC Davis Road Ecology Center and the Information Center for the Environment (ICE) are collaborating to reduce this number, and have setup the California Roadkill Observation System (CROS) where citizen-based observations of vehicle related animal deaths can be recorded and stored. By recording vehicle related deaths, "hot spots" will become more identifiable, and ways to mitigate the stretch of road can be addressed.

On September 13th, the CROS project was featured in a New York Times article (technology and science sections). During the day, the website saw a tremendous increase in traffic, which including many new registered users and email correspondence from people applauding our efforts. This national attention has draw a lot of interest from people, many who would like such a system in their home state. We are currently supporting sites in California and in Maine.  The Maine Audubon Wildlife Road Watch was built in collaboration with Maine Audubon.

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