Esri Chief Scientist Receives Honors

Esri logoDawn Wright, Association of American Geographers Presidential Achievement Award

Esri chief scientist Dawn J. Wright, PhD, has received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Presidential Achievement Award. Presented at the AAG annual meeting on February 28, 2012, the award recognizes Wright’s outstanding work as a scientist, researcher, author, and advocate for marine conservation and for her contributions to geographic science.

“Dawn Wright is a researcher of exceptional achievement whose work highlights the remarkable breadth and diversity of contemporary geography,” said AAG president Audrey L. Kobayashi. “Wright’s work to build geospatial technology standards for ocean mapping has enabled the scientific community to share information and collaborate on research projects. She has championed geographic information systems for marine research that are laying the groundwork for more sustainable ocean resources policies. The AAG Presidential Achievement Award affirms the benefit her efforts have brought to geographic science.”

As chief scientist, Wright leads Esri’s natural sciences efforts and drives the company’s ocean and science initiatives. She is also a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of Stanford University’s Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in science communication. Her research interests include geographic information science; marine geography; benthic terrain and habitat characterization; and the processing and interpretation of high-resolution bathymetry, video, and underwater photographic images. Wright received her doctorate in physical geography and marine geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“Dr. Wright’s strong background in geographic information science and expertise in GIS [geographic information systems] have enabled her to bring greater perspective to scientists throughout the world who map and analyze terrains, ecosystems, and habitats,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri president.

AAG is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members, from more than 60 countries, share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG’s annual meeting. The AAG Presidential Achievement Award was established by the AAG Council to recognize individuals who have made long-standing and distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography.

[Source: Esri press release]

Drivers and Hotspots of Extinction Risk in Marine Mammals

PNASPNAS, Published online 30 January 2012

Ana D. Davidson, Alison G. Boyer, Hwahwan Kim, Sandra Pompa-Mansilla, Marcus J. Hamilton, Daniel P. Costa, Gerardo Ceballos, and James H. Brown

“The world’s oceans are undergoing profound changes as a result of human activities. However, the consequences of escalating human impacts on marine mammal biodiversity remain poorly understood. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) identifies 25% of marine mammals as at risk of extinction, but the conservation status of nearly 40% of marine mammals remains unknown due to insufficient data. Predictive models of extinction risk are crucial to informing present and future conservation needs, yet such models have not been developed for marine mammals. In this paper, we: (i) used powerful machine-learning and spatial-modeling approaches to understand the intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of marine mammal extinction risk; (ii) used this information to predict risk across all marine mammals, including IUCN “Data Deficient” species; and (iii) conducted a spatially explicit assessment of these results to understand how risk is distributed across the world’s oceans. Rate of offspring production was the most important predictor of risk. Additional predictors included taxonomic group, small geographic range area, and small social group size. Although the interaction of both intrinsic and extrinsic variables was important in predicting risk, overall, intrinsic traits were more important than extrinsic variables. In addition to the 32 species already on the IUCN Red List, our model identified 15 more species, suggesting that 37% of all marine mammals are at risk of extinction. Most at-risk species occur in coastal areas and in productive regions of the high seas. We identify 13 global hotspots of risk and show how they overlap with human impacts and Marine Protected Areas.”

DLA 2012 Conference: Geodesign, 3D Modeling, and Visualization

DLA 2012 Conference: Geodesign, 3D Modeling, and Visualization“The focus of the DLA Conference 2012 is GeoDesign, 3D-Modeling and Visualization. It will be held in Bernburg at the Kurhaus Conference Center which was built in 1902. Since 1990, the Kurhaus has also housed the Bernburg Research Center INDIGO Innovations Park. The DLA 2012 will include presentations, exhibitions of vendors, poster sessions and workshops. Excursions and social events will take place at the Bernburg Cloister, the nearby Castle Hohenerxleben, the Bauhaus Dessau and the Woerlitz Gardens.”

Thursday, 31 May 2012: 3D-Landscape Modeling
9:00 Welcome and Keynote: Prof. Dr. Jörg Schaller, Technical University Munich, Germany: Applying 3D Landscape Modeling in GeoDesign
11:00 Parallel lectures sessions on: 3D-Landscape Modeling
14:00 Parallel lectures sessions on: 3D-City Modeling
Poster Presentation
Parallel 1,5 hour Workshop: Open Street Map by Philip Paar, Laubwerk a.o.
20:00 Reception Buffet at Bernburg Cloister

Friday, 1 June 2012: Landscape Visualization
9:00 Keynote Prof. Dr. Christina von Haaren, Leibnitz University of Hannover, Germany: The potential of GeoDesign for linking Landscape Planning, Landscape Visualization and Landscape Management
11:00 Parallel lectures Sessions on: Virtual Environmental Design | Applying Mobile Devices in Planning and Design
14:00 Parallel lectures sessions on: Planting Design and Modeling
Parallel 1,5 hour Workshop: New Devices for GIS by Prof. Joachim Kieferle, Univ. Rhein-Main, Germany, Prof. Dr. Uli Kühnle. Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany, a.o.
Parallel 1/2 –Day Workshop: BIM, CityGML and Related Standardization by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kolbe, TU Berlin, Lutz Ross, virtualcitySYSTEMS, Berlin, a.o.
20:00 Conference Dinner DLA Awards, at Castle Hohenerxleben

Saturday, 2 June 2012: GeoDesign
9:00 Short presentation 3-minute impulses
9:30 Keynote Prof. Dr. Carl Steinitz, Harvard University, United States: Public Participation in Landscape Planning: a Prognosis for the Future? Dr. Stephen Ervin, Harvard University, United States: The Future of GeoDesign
11:00 Parallel lectures Sessions on: GeoDesign Applications
14:00 Parallel lectures sessions on: GeoDesign Interfaces | Teaching GeoDesign and Digital Planning Methods Parallel 1/2 –Day Workshop: GeoDesign by Dr. Stephen Ervin, Harvard University, United States, Matthias Pietsch, Anhalt University, Bernburg, Eric Wittner, ESRI GeoDesign Group, Redlands, USA, Pascal Müller, ESRI Procedural Group, Zürich, Switzerland, a.o.
17:00 Closing Panel
20:00 Evening Lecture and concert at Bauhaus Aula, Dessau

Sunday, 3 June 2012: Excursion
1/2 –Day Excursion Wörlitz Garden and Bauhaus Dessau | Full Day Excursion Harz Mountains (Historical Gardens)

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