GIScience Research Track
Esri International User Conference
14-18 July, 2014
San Diego, California
Call for Papers, Transactions in GIS special issue
GI Science researchers are invited to present original manuscripts for a peer-reviewed journal and presentation in the GIScience Research Track of the 2014 Esri International User Conference.
Papers in this special track must focus on cutting-edge research in GIScience and need not be Esri software related. Full papers will be included in a special issue of the journal Transactions in GIS to be distributed at the 2014 Conference. Abstracts (500 words) must be submitted to Dr. John Wilson, University of Southern California, by 15th December, 2013.
The Transactions in GIS editorial team will review abstracts based on their GIScience content and select a maximum of nine abstracts to become full papers. Notice of acceptance will occur by end of December, 2013. Full papers (maximum 6,000 words plus figures, tables, and references in appropriate format for publication) must be submitted to Dr. Wilson for independent review by 15th February, 2014. Reviewed papers will be returned to authors by 15th March, 2014 and final manuscripts must be returned by 8th April, 2014, to be included in the special issue of Transactions in GIS.
A listing of the 2013 accepted papers can be found at the journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tgis.2013.17.issue-3/issuetoc
For questions or guidelines on this GIScience Research Track, please contact Michael Gould at email@example.com.
Abstracts should be submitted via email with a subject line “Esri GIScience Abstract, Authors Last Name” no later than 15th December, 2013 to:
Dr. John Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spatial Distribution and Conservation of Speckled Hind and Warsaw Grouper in the Atlantic Ocean off the Southeastern U.S.
PLOS ONE, 19 November 2013
By Nicholas A. Farmer and Mandy Karnauskas
“There is broad interest in the development of efficient marine protected areas (MPAs) to reduce bycatch and end overfishing of speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi) and warsaw grouper (Hyporthodus nigritus) in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern U.S. We assimilated decades of data from many fishery-dependent, fishery-independent, and anecdotal sources to describe the spatial distribution of these data limited stocks. A spatial classification model was developed to categorize depth-grids based on the distribution of speckled hind and warsaw grouper point observations and identified benthic habitats. Logistic regression analysis was used to develop a quantitative model to predict the spatial distribution of speckled hind and warsaw grouper as a function of depth, latitude, and habitat.
“Models, controlling for sampling gear effects, were selected based on AIC and 10-fold cross validation. The best-fitting model for warsaw grouper included latitude and depth to explain 10.8% of the variability in probability of detection, with a false prediction rate of 28–33%. The best-fitting model for speckled hind, per cross-validation, included latitude and depth to explain 36.8% of the variability in probability of detection, with a false prediction rate of 25–27%. The best-fitting speckled hind model, per AIC, also included habitat, but had false prediction rates up to 36%. Speckled hind and warsaw grouper habitats followed a shelf-edge hardbottom ridge from North Carolina to southeast Florida, with speckled hind more common to the north and warsaw grouper more common to the south. The proportion of habitat classifications and model-estimated stock contained within established and proposed MPAs was computed. Existing MPAs covered 10% of probable shelf-edge habitats for speckled hind and warsaw grouper, protecting 3–8% of speckled hind and 8% of warsaw grouper stocks. Proposed MPAs could add 24% more probable shelf-edge habitat, and protect an additional 14–29% of speckled hind and 20% of warsaw grouper stocks.”
Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 47, 21 November 2013
By W. Liu, K. Yang, X. Qi, K. Xu, H. Ji, J. Ai, A. Ge, Y. Wu, Y. Li, Q Dai, Q. Liang, C. Bao, R. Bergquist, F. Tang, and Y. Zhu
“Descriptive and geographic information system methods were used to depict the spatial and temporal characteristics of the outbreak of human infection with a novel avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in mainland China, the peak of which appeared between 28 March and 18 April 2013. As of 31 May 2013, there was a total of 131 reported human infections in China, with a cumulative mortality of 29% (38/131). The outbreak affected 10 provinces, with 106 of the cases being concentrated in the eastern coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Shanghai and Jiangsu.
“Statistically significant spatial clustering of cumulative human cases was identified by the Cuzick–Edwards’ k-nearest neighbour method. Three spatio-temporal clusters of cases were detected by space–time scan analysis. The principal cluster covered 18 counties in Zhejiang during 3 to 18 April (relative risk (RR): 26.39;p<0.0001), while two secondary clusters in March and April covered 21 counties along the provincial boundary between Shanghai and Jiangsu (RR: 6.35;p<0.0001) and two counties in Jiangsu (RR: 72.48;p=0.0025). The peak of the outbreak was in the eastern coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Shanghai and Jiangsu that was characterised by statistically significant spatio-temporal aggregation, with a particularly high incidence in March and April 2013.”
See How Using Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Design Will Shape the Future
Planning and design professionals from local government, landscape architecture, architecture, health, engineering, and academia will gather at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, January 29–30, 2014, for the fifth annual Geodesign Summit. The event is open to anyone interested in finding innovative design solutions to address today’s major challenges. This year’s event will explore the use of geodesign for the planning of sustainable and resilient cities.
Geodesign—the blending of science, technology, and design—has taken off around the world with growing numbers of conferences and educational degree programs.
“Wherever I travel in the US, Asia, and Europe, people are saying we need holistic, integrative, evidence-based planning and design if we are going to solve the world’s biggest challenges,” said Shannon McElvaney, global industry manager of community development at Esri. “We are moving beyond the siloed thinking of the past. People who attend the Geodesign Summit want to share their ideas and learn how they can apply geodesign thinking and tools to their work.”
Attendees will have many opportunities to get involved. Hands-on training, featured speakers, stimulating discussions, and Lightning Talks will be offered. New to this year’s summit are preconference workshops taught by leading geospatial and design evangelists. In addition to a welcome social, networking breaks, and lunches, attendees will be able to further connect with others during the summit party on the last night of the event.
Featured speakers in this year’s lineup include the following: Chris Markuson, director of economic development for Pueblo County, Colorado, will speak on how he is using geodesign to secure funding to build a sustainable, resilient community in a former mining and steel town. David Early, principal of The Planning Center DC&E and an expert on smart growth and development, will speak about GreenScore, a methodology for evaluating the impacts of various planning scenarios to increase the health and sustainability of local communities. Will Rogers, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, will discuss ParkScore, a groundbreaking effort to analyze the accessibility of a city’s parks and open space to its citizens. He will introduce the new geodesign application that will allow city managers to increase their ParkScore rating. Carl Steinitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will present a case study of his work done for Soma City, Japan, where geodesign was used to derive alternative plans against the constraints of flooding, radiation, rapid evacuation, and a shrinking population after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.
For more information and to register for the summit, visit geodesignsummit.com.
[Source: Esri press release]
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall early on November 8 in Guiuan municipality, Eastern Samar province, Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. The storm hit with 150mph winds and gusts up to 170mph. Communications and power lines are down in many areas. Roads have been impacted, limiting access to the most affected areas. The Digital Humanitarian Network was activated by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). URISA’s GISCorps is a member of DHNetwork and along with several other member organizations responded to this call. With assistance from Esri, members of GISCorps led by Dave Litke and Shoreh Elhami (Core Committee members), produced a series of web maps on ArcGIS Online from social media sources powered by MicroMappers and harvested and cleansed by volunteers from Stand By Task Force (SBTF) and Humanity Road. Examples of web maps are posted on the URISA GISCorps website.
Operating since 2003 as a program of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), GISCorps coordinates short-term, volunteer-based GIS services to underprivileged communities worldwide. GISCorps supports humanitarian relief, emergency response, health and education, local capacity building, and community development. Visit www.giscorps.org for additional information.
[Source: URISA news release]
URISA is pleased to announce the presentation of one of its most popular Certified Workshops, GIS Program Management, via instructor-led web based training. URISA’s GIS Program Management workshop is regularly presented at URISA conferences, chapter events, and at regional conferences (last month in both Illinois and Kentucky). Normally a full-day classroom session, the workshop has been re-packaged into three sections and will be presented online this December to meet the constant demand for the subject matter without the travel expense and time away from work. The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credit (8 hours of EDU-2). (We’ve also applied for AICP continuing education credit for this course.)
“I highly recommend this workshop to my colleagues at SCAG and throughout our region.” – Javier Aguilar, PTP, Senior Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments
This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days:
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EST
- Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EST
- Thursday, December 10, 2013 – 1:00– 3:00 pm EST
Attendees will receive all of the benefits of traditional classroom learning in an interactive online classroom while not having the expense of traveling to onsite training locations. Interactive communication between the instructor and other attendees is accomplished through communication tools within the training platform. Participants will receive an electronic workbook to accompany the instruction.
Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $29
Course Description: Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completed changed as new technologies and applications emerge. This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program. It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors. A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations. This course presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS.
Specific topics include:
- Program development
- Project management techniques
- Sustaining program support
- And managing consultants and vendors
Intended Audience: GIS Program Management is a must for anyone embarking upon a GIS program, involved with a less-than-successful GIS, or who is seeking ways to improve a successful implementation.
Instructor Profile: Pete Croswell, PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. Previously, he was a consultant and company officer with PlanGraphics, Inc. and worked as an analyst and manager in charge of the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System (state of Kentucky). As a consultant, since the mid-1980s, he has provided support in GIS and IT planning and implementation to hundreds of public sector agencies, utility organizations, and private companies in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Mr. Croswell received a bachelor’s degree in geography and mathematics from the State University at Albany NY graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and Master’s degree in geography and geology from Western Illinois University. He has had extensive post-graduate education and training in GIS, IT, and public administration. Mr. Croswell is certified as a project management professional (PMP), ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist, GIS Professional (GISP), and Microsoft Professional (MCP), and Master Web Designer. He is noted author and a former Board member and President of URISA International and is the principle author and instructor for URISA’s GIS Program Management Workshop. He is also the author of the recently published GIS Management Handbook which is now available for purchase from URISA.
Limited Participation: Sign up early as the online ‘classroom’ is limited to only 100 participants. Consider pulling your team together to participate in the workshop together.
If your schedule will not allow your attendance at all three sessions, note that the sessions will be recorded and archived for participants’ access.
Register today to reserve your spot!
Additional Resource for Attendees: All attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase THE GIS MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK (an additional textbook resource authored by Peter Croswell) at a considerable discount.
Esri’s ArcGIS technology has a long history of driving environmental understanding and decision making. Policymakers, planners, scientists, and many others worldwide rely on GIS for data management and scientific analysis. GIS users represent a vast reservoir of knowledge, expertise, and best practices in applying this cornerstone technology to climate science, carbon management, renewable energy, sustainability, and disaster management.
Case Studies, e-Books, & White Papers
- Geodesign in Practice: Designing a Better World — The 12 articles in this e-book show how geodesign is fundamentally transforming the way we think about the world. http://www.esri.com/esri-news/publications/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/ebooks/geodesign-in-practice.pdf
- Climate Change is a Geographic Problem: The Geographic Approach to Climate Change — Climate change is a geographic problem, and solving it takes a geographic solution. A GIS-based framework for climate science gives us hope. With it we can gain a scientific understanding of Earth’s systems at a truly global scale and make thoughtful, informed design decisions that ultimately allow humans and nature to coexist more harmoniously. http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/climate-change.pdf
- Geodesign: Past, Present, and Future — Geodesign thought leaders share how we got here, where we are today, and where the technology might take us. http://www.esri.com/esri-news/publications/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/ebooks/geodesign-past-present-future.pdf
- GIS for Climate Change: Case Studies in the Use of GIS for Climate Change — GIS users represent a vast reservoir of knowledge, expertise, and best practices in applying this cornerstone technology to the science of climate change. These eleven case studies illustrate how GIS is helping us to gain a better understanding of the impact of climate change on natural and human systems. http://www.esri.com/library/bestpractices/climate-change.pdf
- The Ocean GIS Initiative: Esri’s Commitment to Understanding Our Oceans — By Dr. Dawn J. Wright, Esri Chief Scientist. http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/ocean-gis-initiative.pdf
- Farming the Future: GIS for Agriculture, Vol 2 — The articles in this e-book show how Geographic information system (GIS) technology is used throughout the agricultural industry to manage resources, increase yields, reduce input costs, predict outcomes, improve business practices, and more. http://www.esri.com/esri-news/publications/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/ebooks/farming-the-future.pdf
- Understanding Earth — By Jack Dangermond and Matt Artz. GIS Technology Drives a New Relationship Between Humans and the Environment. http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/understanding-earth.pdf
- Changing Geography by Design: Selected Readings in Geodesign — Geodesign integrates geographic science with design, resulting in a systematic methodology for geographic planning and decision making. The articles in this book discuss how geodesign brings geographic analysis into any design process, resulting in designs that more closely follow natural systems. http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&moduleID=0&websiteID=218
- Mapping Forestry — Mapping Forestry describes how GIS software supports the business of forestry in today’s era of economic changes, increased global competition, and diminishing resources. http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=168&moduleID=0
- Conservation Planning: Shaping the Future — A collection of contributed chapters that show how working scientists develop conservation plans using the best available scientific methods, data, and technology. http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=222&moduleID=0
- Urban Observatory — This White Paper explains the Urban Observatory – seeking to provide understanding through comparison and contrast, empowering people to examine, compare, and contrast the global cities of the 21st century. http://www.urbanobservatory.org/pdfs/urban-observatory.pdf
- Urban Observatory
- Esri TV (YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Psok_Qcl0
- The Urban Observatory with Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2538/the-urban-observatory-with-jack-dangermond-and-hugh-keegan — Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan introduce the Urban Observatory and how it allows people to explore simultaneous views of major cities located around the world.
- New Landscape Data and Apps
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2167/new-landscape-data-and-apps — Suzanne Foss demonstrates landscape services.
- Maps Can Change the World
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/1646/maps-can-change-the-world — John Calkins shares his thoughts on the importance of maps.
- Meet Dawn Wright: Esri’s Chief Scientist:
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/981/meet-dawn-wright-esris-chief-scientist — Dawn Wright discusses her role as Esri’s Chief Scientist and how GIS technology integrates environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean science into many applications.
- Ocean GIS
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/1650/ocean-gis — Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright, and Will McClintock and Chad Burt of the University of California, Santa Barbara, discuss and demonstrate the efforts made in ocean GIS with SeaSketch, a new web-based solution.
- GIS in Depth: ArcGIS for Maritime Bathymetry:
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2403/gis-in-depth-_dash_-arcgis-for-maritime-bathymetry
- Esri TV (YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ6Ot7y6KLc — MMT managing director, Duncan Mallace, discusses Esri’s Bathymetry Solution for marine geospatial analysis
- GIS in Education – Bigfork High School Cave Club, Bigfork, Montana
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/47/gis-in-education-_dash_-bigfork-high-school-cave-club_comma_-bigfork_comma_-montana — Gil Grosvenor, Board Chairman, National Geographic Society, talks about the National Geographic GeoMentor program. Bigfork High School graduated seniors Tia Bakker and Ernie Cottle, along with teacher Hans Bodenhamer, then demonstrate their efforts to conserve caves in Glacier National Park. They identified concerns such as graffiti and ecological factors such as cave fragility. They used their finding to make conservation recommendations to help the park protect the caves.
- A National GIS for India’s Development with Sam Pitroda
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2536/a-national-gis-for-indias-development-with-sam-pitroda — Sam Pitroda, adviser to India’s Prime Minister for Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, highlights India’s efforts to solve its challenges with geospatial technology.
- Living Well within the Planet’s Boundaries
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2174/living-well-within-the-planets-boundaries — Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency shares her strategic initiative on preserving the future of planet Earth.
- Keynote: International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/1652/keynote-international-union-for-conservation-of-nature — Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, discusses an important project that uses GIS to document plant and animal species threatened by extinction.
- 2011 Excellence in Conservation Science Award – Esri
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/29114636 — The 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards were presented on September 24, 2011. This year’s winner for Excellence in Conservation Science was Esri. This award is given to a company or organization dedicated to developing innovative research and technology to protect and restore our natural world and to improve the well-being of all who live in it.
- Roots & Shoots
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/469/roots-_and_-shoots
- Esri TV (YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5HbtQL5pVg — Jane Goodall describes Roots and Shoots, a youth organization related to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) that is devoted to empowering children in learning about their environment and working together.
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/1651/earthwatchers — Eduardo Dias of Geodan discusses Earthwatchers, a grass-roots program involved in rainforest conservation.
- Dr. Sylvia Earle Talks about the Role of GIS in Ocean Conservation
- Esri Video: http://video.esri.com/watch/143/dr-sylvia-earle-talks-about-the-role-of-gis-in-ocean-conservation — Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and former chief scientist for the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), gives the keynote presentation at the 1999 Esri International User Conference.