Thursday, November 8, 2012

Coming soon: National Geographic Awareness Week!

Next week is National Geographic Awareness Week. Please consider celebrating by attending upcoming events at Iowa State University.  

Tuesday, November 13 - 11:00-12:30, College of Design - Room 262  
Innovations and Technologies for Responding to Global Climate Change: The role of Risks and Vulnerabilities Assessment Centre, South Africa and Opportunities for Collaboration
Dr. Kingsley Kwabena Ayisi, Manager of Risks and Vulnerability Assessment Centre, Limpopo, South Africa

Climate change is emerging as one of the main challenges that humans will face for many years to come, with the impact extending to water resources; ecological and biodiversity systems; food security; human health, human settlement and migration. Many people in Southern Africa and the African continent as a whole depend on the natural environment for sustenance and livelihood and are thus more susceptible to interference with the natural environment. The South African Risk & Vulnerability Assessment Centre (RVAC) is primarily an information technology platform, designed to facilitate the uptake of information for use in policy formulation and other relevant applications.  RVAC is developing an atlas to assist decision makers in identifying risk to enable planning and mapping a future that will be more resilient to climate change. The Center is also working  to improve the flow of information from researchers to society to bridge the gap between global change science and policy. This presentation will discuss opportunities for possible collaborations with RVAC. 

Wednesday, November 14 - 9:00-12:00, Durham Center - Room 206  
GIS Day Celebration

The ISU GIS Facility, the Iowa GIS Service Bureau, and the Iowa Geographic Information Council will be hosting a 2012 GIS Day celebration this year.  

Join us for coffee, treats, presentations, and discussion on what is happening throughout the state and nation on current GIS topics (for those not able to attend in person, there will be a live stream and archive of the presentations via Adobe Connect, see more details). There will also be a poster gallery for students and professionals outside Durham 206 in the hallway. If you would like to be a part of the poster competition, please contact Josh Obrecht to register. There will be prizes given out for both student and professional posters classes.  You need not be present to show a poster and win a prize.

2012 Iowa GIS Day Topics and Speakers

Iowa Department of Transportation Mobile Application  

Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, IDOT Office of Maintenance

Remote Sensing and GIS  
Soren Rundquist, Environmental Working Group

GIS Use in the Iowa Department of Human Services  
Carla Forcier and Shannon Thill, Department of Human Services

Crime Mapping in the City of West Des Moines, Iowa  
Lt. Cam Coppess, West Des Moines Police Department

Using GIS to Create a Better Tomorrow 
Bethany Wilcoxon, Des Moines Area Planning Organization

Increasing Grain Yields and Decreasing Inputs with GIS  
Lucas Gillmore, DuPont Pioneer

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