Treeline Ecology and Spatial Analysis: Post-Doctoral Research Position

slflogoApplications are invited for a post-doctoral position in treeline ecology and spatial analysis. The successful candidate will work primarily on analyzing existing long-term ecological data from the Stillberg treeline research site in Davos, Switzerland and on publishing results from this analysis. The goals of the project include an improved understanding of tree growth at treeline and the role of subalpine forests in avalanche protection. Available data sets include monitoring data of a systematic afforestation with 92’000 trees planted in 1975 and a large number of spatially and temporally high resolution data of climate and other environmental variables. Depending on the interests of the candidate, she or he will complement these unique data sets with additional experiments.

Candidates should have expertise in spatial analysis with GIS, strong statistical and writing skills and interest in treeline ecology. A background in dendroecology and/or spatial modelling would be an asset. A completed (or imminent) Ph.D. in forest ecology or a closely related field is required.

Our group is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, SLF in Davos. This position is funded for two years with a possibility for a third year of funding. The salary is approximately 66’000 CHF per year.

To apply, please submit your application (cover letter describing your background and interest in the position and your CV including photo and list of publications) using reference number 594 to Mrs. Madleine Oberhänsli, Human Resources SLF, Flüelastrasse 11,7260 Davos Dorf, Switzerland. For further information please contact Dr. Peter Bebi, SLF, e-mail: b… tel. ++41 81 417 02 73.

GIS to Understand Dance, and Vice Versa

dancep27p2…one of the most unique applications of GIS I’ve seen…

“Researchers at Ohio State wanted to explore structures in the dance that were not apparent from watching the dance or might not even be known by the dancers and choreographer themselves. Starting with Forsythe’s ensemble dance One Flat Thing, reproduced as the research resource, a diverse team of collaborators from OSU’s Computer Science, Dance, Design, Philosophy, Geography, Statistics, and Architecture departments and schools sought to understand the complex structures of interaction in the dance through an array of creative tools, expressive animations, and information graphics. Among these, a team of geographers used ArcGIS software (through its ESRI university site license) to summarize and investigate the spatial patterns of dancers throughout the dance. The spatiotemporal data consisted of point records of each dancer’s location in three dimensions as well as a time stamp for each record. The entire dance involved 17 dancers, and about 16 minutes of activity was recorded. The minute detail of the records, down to centimeter precision and temporal increments of 40 milliseconds, resulted in a dataset of around half a million points.”

National Geospatial Advisory Committee Seeks Best Practices

fgdcThe National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) needs assistance in identifying best public and public-private partnership practices.  NGAC is responsible for providing the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) “advice and recommendations related to management of federal and national geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906.” Pursuant to that charge and at the request of the FGDC chairperson, NGAC has established a number of workgroups to provide advice on a variety of key policy issues.

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First Asian Geostatistics Congress to be Held in India 10-11 August 2009

fimi“The two day Geostatistics Congress 2009 will be held at Skyline Institute of Engineering & Technology, Greater Noida (UP), India ( The Congress will include presentations and poster sessions during two day congress. Following 2 days, a variety of technical courses will be held at FIMI, New Delhi. First Asian Geostatistics Congress (FAGC) brings leaders in mining, petroleum, and environmental industry together with institutional, academic and investors in one of India’s most well respected and highly focused on geostatistical and modelling application to various industries. This forum will be also serving about latest developments in global trend in technology and innovative research in mining along with resource investment forums. The event features an industry exhibition, best opportunities to network with high-level representatives from Asia. This congress will also provide an opportunity to increase brand awareness, heighten company presence/visibility, introduce new product or service, penetrate to new market and exposure to key decision makers during the congress.”

GeoENV 2010 to be held in Gent, Belgium 13-15 September 2010

geoen_2010_kleurGeoENV 2010, the 8th International Conference on Geostatistics for Environmental Applications will be held in Gent, Belgium, on the 13th – 15th September 2010. GeoENV conferences have been held biennially at venues across Europe. From the first conference in Lisbon in 1996, the event has been staged in Valencia (1998), Avignon (2000), Barcelona (2002), Neuchâtel (2004), Rhodes (2006), Southampton (2008) and has become established as a leading forum for Scientists across a broad range of disciplines to share their experiences on the application of geostatistics to environmental problems.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Geostatistical methodology, new evolutions
  • Spatial statistics
  • Multiple point geostatistics
  • Spatio-temporal statistics
  • Ecology, natural resources
  • Hydrology, ground water modelling
  • Soil inventory, mapping
  • Health, epidemiology, ecotoxicology
  • Environmental pollution and risk assessment
  • Forestry, agriculture
  • Remote & proximal sensing

An extended abstract of 2-3 pages (incl. tables, figures, references, etc.) should be submitted by 1 March 2010 via e-mail to the symposium secretary: In this email it should be indicated if you prefer an oral or poster presentation. The organizing committee will decide about the possibilities for an oral presentation. The abstracts should be sufficiently clear to facilitate selection by the Organizing Committee. The organizers will inform you before 1 May 2010 about the acceptance of the paper for the symposium. If accepted, it will be distributed at the conference in a book of abstracts with ISBN.

USGS GAP Partnership Develops Protected Areas Database

USGSp26p2“Protected areas are an essential tool in the international effort to conserve biodiversity. These lands protect vital ecosystems and species; however, because they are owned and managed by a wide variety of federal, state, and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; and even private individuals, developing a clear picture of how much is actually being saved has been a problem. Similarly, although several conservation organizations have been collecting information about protected lands, there has been little agreement among these organizations about how to classify them. Yet without comprehensive data about the location, size, and management of lands set aside for biodiversity protection, it is difficult to establish and monitor regional and national conservation strategies.”

Massive Online GIS Bibliography Surpases 75,000 Entries

“The ESRI GIS Bibliography, free on the ESRI Training and Education Web site, recently surpassed 75,000 entries, making it one of the world’s largest online repositories for information about geographic information science (GIScience) and GIS technology.

“Dr. Duane F. Marble, professor emeritus of geography at Ohio State University, began compiling the bibliography in the late 1980s. Because Marble and other academics were each creating individual GIS bibliographies, he saw the need for a more comprehensive public resource. When Marble retired from his academic position, ESRI became curator of the bibliography. The staff at the ESRI Library in Redlands, California, working with Marble, continues to update the content and maintain the Web site as a free service to the GIS and GIScience community.”

Routing Solution Helps Danes Breathe Easier

danes-p43p3“Your cough, headaches, and gasps for air may be symptoms of a cold, or they may be caused by smog. Unfortunately, GIS cannot cure the common cold, albeit we wish it could. But it can be used to significantly reduce air pollutants, the bane of urban living. Denmark’s transportation companies are considering how route optimization can reduce their carbon (CO2) emissions.

“Global green initiatives include information technologies to identify problem areas, create plans, and measure the effects of environmental programs. GIS supports the science for measuring and analyzing environmental impacts, as well as providing environmental management solutions that effect change. One solution is to use GIS for intelligent fleet management. This can reduce CO2 emissions and provide the benefits of saving time and money.”