GIST faculty members join the GIS Day worldwide celebrations

On November 15, 2017 GIST faculty and researchers at the UA School of Geography & Development and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment joined the worldwide celebrations for GIS Day. Coordinated by the UA Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship and the University of Arizona Library, 19 scientists and scholars participated in a lightning talk on Geographic Information Science, Technologies and Applications. Prof. Fernando Sanchez-Trigueros broke the ice with a presentation entitled "Tribal GIS in the Mountain Region: Geospatial Technologies and Tribal Consultation for Adaptive Planning in Integrated Resource Management", focusing on applications of GIS for adaptive management planning in collaborations between public administrations, academia, and Tribes in the USA. Prof. Wim van Leeuwen’s research group was represented by Dr. Patrick Broxton (snow research), Jeff Gillan (UAV range monitoring), Charles Conley and Kyle Hartfield. Charles Conley is starting his MS GIST program in January, 2018 and presented “Supervised Land Cover Classifications with High Resolution UAV Imagery”, while Kyle Hartfield, GIST Remote Sensing instructor, demonstrated an online decision support tool that leverages Remote Sensing and GIS data and technologies for the analysis of drought with his presentation "Tour of DroughtView: Imagery with Context". Naveed Ahmed, GIST Programming Instructor, and his colleagues at UA Planning, Design and Construction presented two projects, one about integration of campus floorplans and room data in an interactive web GIS ( and another on new features in the UA campus mapping application for navigation up to building and department levels ( Megan Mills-Novoa, PhD student at SGD, gave an overview of the "Climate Alliance Mapping Project", a UA initiative for the geovisualization of data and digital stories from across the Americas that supports socially just responses to climate change. The GIST faculty and staff would like to congratulate them all for their research, professional vocation, and contribution to geospatial education!