Past Projects

  • A map of the SWNC Opt-In region showing the preferred scenario

    Data and cartography support for planning in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina

    The Southwestern North Carolina Opportunity Initiative (Opt-In) was an ambitious collaboration to better understand and inform the choices facing local governments, businesses, and families in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina and in the... Read More
  • Forest landscape

    A planning tool to help natural resource managers incorporate climate impacts

    Flooding, drought, sea level rise, heat waves, and more intense and frequent storms have changed the way we think of planning in terms of transportation and infrastructure. Those who manage the nation’s natural resources need the most current climate... Read More
  • Still from the Water in Western North Carolina animated film

    Film series illustrating key concepts behind regional water issues

    The Water in Western North Carolina film series includes two short animated films that illustrate for decision makers and their constituents some key concepts behind pressing water issues facing our region. The films were commissioned by RENCI at UNC... Read More
  • Screen capture from the Weather Webcams website

    Easy and efficient access to webcams in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region

    The Southern Appalachian Webcam Viewer was a joint effort between RENCI at UNC Asheville and RENCI to provide easy and efficient access to webcams in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region. Webcams can provide critical information by showing live... Read More
  • The front cover of the Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability

    Forest Service science and NEMAC science delivery

    The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station partnered with NEMAC to create a regional report to guide decision makers. The Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability, published in 2011, is a compilation of data available for the... Read More
  • Screen capture of the WNC Vitality Index home page

    A web-based resource to promote healthy regional growth

    The Western North Carolina Vitality Index reports on the 27 counties of Western North Carolina through the perspectives of the region’s natural, social, built, and economic environments. Designed to assist local governments, interest groups, and the... Read More

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