Technology has the power to fundamentally change the relationship between man and the environment, and GIS technology in particular represents one of the most cost-effective tools we have at our disposal to help us address the complex global problems we are facing today. GISandScience.com highlights applications of geospatial technology for scientific research and understanding. Follow GIS and Science on Twitter


biophoto2Dawn Wright: Dawn Wright (aka “Deepsea Dawn”) is Esri‘s Chief Scientist and a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), where she has been on the faculty since 1995. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a seagoing marine technician for the international Ocean Drilling Program and a post-doctoral research associate at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Newport, Oregon. A few years after the deepsea vehicle Argo I was used to discover the HMS Titanic in 1986, Dawn was presented with some of the first GIS data sets to be collected with that vehicle while a graduate student at UCSB. It was then that she first became acutely aware of the challenges of applying GIS to deep marine environments. She has since completed oceanographic fieldwork (oftentimes with GIS) in some of the most geologically-active regions on the planet, including the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Tonga Trench, volcanoes under the Japan Sea and the Indian Ocean, and, most recently, American Samoa.  Follow Dawn Wright on Twitter

Matt ArtzMatt Artz: Matt Artz is the GIS and Science Marketing Manager for Esri and a regular contributor to the Esri Insider blog. Prior to joining Esri in 1989, he worked as an Environmental Scientist at a large science and engineering consulting company.  In that position, he analyzed impacts of proposed development projects with respect to cultural resources, biological resources, and other factors; performed archaeological, paleontological, vegetation, and hazardous materials field surveys; prepared Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Reports, and Environmental Impact Statements for government review; provided environmental science support for a number of high-profile projects, including the destruction of the US military’s chemical weapons stockpile, modification of the Space Shuttle Launch Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base to support Titan II rocket launches, expansion of experimental nuclear reactor test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base, and facility upgrades at NASA’s Goldtone Deep Space Communications Complex; implemented a GIS in support of environmental modeling and planning; and developed an innovative GIS-based noise and air quality modeling workflow and applied it to a number of transportation projects worldwide. Follow Matt Artz on Twitter