Divisions and Committees
The ASPRS GIS Division, in cooperation with CaGIS and GLIS, is sponsoring free online live seminars throughout the year.
Scheduled seminars for 2014
Building an Agile, Modern, and Open Geospatial Platform - January 31, 2014
Over the last several years, the National Park Service (NPS) has developed a set of tools and processes that bridge the gap between traditional GIS and the modern web. In this presentation, Nate will talk about why “modernizing" traditional GIS is important and how the Park Service used an agile and modular open source strategy to bring geospatial in the NPS more inline with today’s technologies and social patterns.
Presenter: Nathaniel Irwin
Nate Irwin leads the NPMap team for the National Park Service. This team builds digital maps for partners both within and outside of the National Park Service.
NHD Applications Utilizing StreamStats -- February 28, 2014
The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) serves as a framework for geospatial data representing the surface water of the United States. The features that make up the NHD have a basic set of attributes that describe these features and at the same time these features may have additional information linked to them describing other characteristics relating to hydrology, water quality, biology, regulations, and a host of other data. Is this linked information which contributes greatly to the power of the NHD to serve not just as spatial data, but also as an information system, and further as a base for analysis and knowledge.
This workshop introduces the NHD framework and how to use the HEM Tool to create events on the NHD. This can be performed on a case by case basis or by importing user databases. Attendees will also learn how to import these user-created events into StreamStats for analysis, including searches up and down the hydrography network, drainage area estimates, batch delineation of watersheds and more. New and improved tools will also demonstrate how to perform a variety of event searches on both the high resolution (1:24K) NHD data and the NHDPlus (medium resolution) data. The NHDPlus functionality will include linkages to a suite of EPA point-event datasets.
Presenter: Peter A Steeves
Pete Steeves has been a GIS Specialist for the USGS Massachusetts Water Science Center for 25 years. Massachusetts was the first State to set up a StreamStats web page back in the mid 90's, and Pete was instrumental in making this happen. After this local success, Pete was asked to help develop a National StreamStats site, and has been on the National StreamStats team ever since. More recently, the StreamStats site has expanded its tool base to utilize the navigation functionality of the NHD.
Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System -- March 14, 2014
During the next decade enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and numerous other applications. In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Among the issues outlined in this plan is the adoption of an entirely new geodetic reference frame by 2022, with updated geometric (horizontal) and gravimetric (vertical) realizations that will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). This new framework will be designed to be virtually identical to and aligned with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), with orthometric heights based exclusively on gravity observations and a high accuracy geoid model. This presentation will highlight the rational for these changes; the various elements that currently define the NSRS.
Presenter: Dave Doyle
Dave Doyle joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972, and held the position of chief geodetic surveyor upon his retirement in January, 2013. During his time at NGS his experiences included all phases of geodetic triangulation, astronomic positioning, leveling, GPS data collection, data analysis, datum transformations, network adjustments, and data publication. Mr. Doyle’s activities have included extensive efforts on the development and implementation of the North American Datum of 1983 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. He has also provided technical support to various countries for the modernization of national and regional geodetic reference systems in Caribbean and Central America, Africa, and the Pacific. Mr. Doyle is a Past President of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, a Fellow member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, a charter member of the Geographic and Land Information Society, and has served on the U.S. delegation to the International Federation of Surveyors.
Beyond Visualization: Enabling 3D Spatial Analysis of Vector Geometry -- April 11, 2014
In recent years, the geospatial community has embraced new technologies supporting 3D. However, most existing 3D GI systems are mainly used for visualization purposes such as models, fly through, simulations and animations. Systems that are capable of performing 3D spatial analysis on vector geometry provide only a narrow scope of functionality and don’t include many of the spatial analysis functions that are common in 2D, such as spatial relations operators, geometric set operators, buffers, and routing. 3D Topology can provide a framework for implementing the missing functionality. Topology fully defines all relationships and interactions between vector geometries that exist. LSI has implemented an ISO 19107 compliant 3D Topology plug-in for Oracle Spatial and a 3D Geometry Library plug-in for Oracle Spatial. These plug-ins allows users to perform analysis such as quality assurance of feature relationships, indoor/outdoor 3D routing and 3D buffers.
Presenters: Tom Watson and Michael Martin
Tom Watson is a software engineer with 14 years of experience in the GIS Industry. Tom has a B.S in Computer Science from George Mason University and a M.P.S in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Michael Marin is a software engineer who has been developing GIS solutions for 11 years. Michael has a B.S in Computer Science from James Madison and an M.S in Software Engineering from George Mason.
Landscape Disturbance Related to Natural Gas Extraction in the Mid-Atlantic Region -- May 23, 2014
Increased demands for cleaner burning energy, coupled with the relatively recent technological advances in accessing unconventional hydrocarbon-rich geologic formations, have led to an intense effort to find and extract natural gas from various underground sources around the country. One of these sources, the Marcellus Shale, located in the Allegheny Plateau, is currently undergoing extensive drilling and production. The technology used to extract gas in the Marcellus shale is known as hydraulic fracturing and has garnered much attention because of its use of large amounts of fresh water, its use of proprietary fluids for the hydraulic-fracturing process, its potential to release contaminants into the environment, and its potential effect on water resources. Nonetheless, development of natural gas extraction wells in the Marcellus Shale is only part of the overall natural gas story in the area of Pennsylvania. Coalbed methane, which is sometimes extracted using the similar technique, is commonly located in the same general area as the Marcellus Shale and is frequently developed in clusters across the landscape. The combined effects of these two natural gas extraction methods create potentially serious patterns of disturbance on the landscape. This presentation quantifies the landscape changes and consequences of natural gas extraction for the natural gas play in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2010. Patterns of landscape disturbance related to natural gas extraction activities were collected and digitized using National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery for 2004, 2005/2006, 2008, and 2010. The disturbance patterns were then used to measure changes in land cover and land use using the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) of 2001 as a baseline. A series of landscape metrics are also used to quantify these changes and report on the potential ecosystem effects.
Presenter: Terry Slonecker
Terry Slonecker is a research geographer in the United States Geological Survey’s Eastern Geographic Science Center. He has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing and geospatial analysis including positions with the U.S. Air Force, private industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His current research interests include hyperspectral analysis of heavy metals, hazardous substances, hydrocarbons, and related vegetation stress. He recently taught hyperspectral remote sensing at the Afghanistan Geological Society in Kabul and has been involved in several emergency response efforts including the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. He received his master’s degree in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, and his doctorate in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. He is currently working on mapping and measuring the landscape effects of natural gas development and on evaluating remote sensing as a tool for hazardous waste site monitoring. On several occasions, he has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Federal Government on remote sensing related matters.
Terrestrial and Aerial Lidar for the Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Ecosystem Services -- June 27, 2014
Ecosystem services can be categorized into: provision, regulating, supporting, preserving and cultural services. All of these amenities can be attributed to forested environments and are becoming a targetable issue for sustainable management of these resources. Because field studies represent only a snapshot in the spatiotemporal continuum of a landscape, remote sensing can assist with spatially explicit modeling at a site, watershed and landscape levels. Although, a wide array of remote sensing approaches for ecosystem assessment has been developed over decades, these are applicable to imaging satellite datasets, and come with limitations related to the resolution and lack of spatial (and three dimensional in the case of forests) detail. It is with the onset of lidar and our ability to capture the detailed and even leaf level structure of the forested landscape that remote sensing of ecosystem services has become feasible. This talk will focus on providing examples of provision services mapping, such as biomass and cellulosic biofuels estimation. Regulatory services will be explored through examples of detailed modeling of forests in the Pacific Northwest applied to a variety of purposes, including the close study of the riparian forest/water interface and function for the suitability and sustainability of salmon habitat. Preserving services related to biodiversity, habitat and accounting for uncertainty will also be addressed through examples of monitoring forested wetlands on Mt. Rainier, Washington. The study extends beyond the suitability of habitat toward the ecosystem services of the forest for quality drinking water. Finally, discussion on how supporting and cultural services, such as pest/disease control and recreational opportunities, can also be addressed with lidar remote sensing will be provided.
Presenter: Monika Moskal
Dr. Moskal is an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing in the College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington, USA, where she Directs the Precision Forestry Cooperative, an advance technology initiative specializing in using high technology sensing and analytical tools to support site-specific economic, environmental, and sustainable decision making for the forestry sector. Dr. Moskal also runs the UW Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGAL), focused on understanding multiscale and multidimensional dynamics of landscape change through the application of hyper-resolution remote sensing. RSGAL develops methods necessary to analyze hyper-resolution remotely sensed data by exploiting spatial, temporal andw spectral capabilities of the data for the following themes: ecosystem services and function, bioenergy/biomass, forest health and inventories, change analysis, biodiversity and habitat mapping.
An Overview of Considerations and Methodologies for High Resolution Land Cover Mapping -- July 25, 2014
With the vast increase in access to commercially available high spatial resolution imagery over the past 10 years, there has also been a surge in the demand for more spatially detailed land cover data. The Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) produces nationally standardized high resolution land cover and land change information for selected coastal geographies of the U.S. derived from high resolution imagery acquired by satellite and aerial platforms. C-CAP high resolution products provide a spatially detailed inventory of coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands, with a goal of monitoring these habitats by updating the land cover maps every five years. This seminar will draw from the experiences of C-CAP over the past eight years to provide attendees with a summary of the elements and challenges related to high spatial resolution mapping projects. Topics will include planning and data acquisition, data integration, classification, and change detection
Presenter: Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson is a Senior Remote Sensing Analyst with The Baldwin Group on contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. He earned a B.S. in Geography from Frostburg State University, and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina. For over ten years, Chris has been working on projects related to land cover and benthic habitat data development. In 2005, Chris began serving as lead analyst on an effort which investigated the development of a high spatial resolution product for the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). In 2006 this effort went operational, and since then he has overseen and participated in the development of high spatial resolution land cover products for various coastal geographies in the contiguous U.S., Hawaii and the Pacific and Caribbean territories.
Mapping Grade Products from the Unmanned Aerial System: The photogrammetric Approach -- August 29, 2014
There is increased attention by the mapping community here in the United States and abroad to the use of UAS for conventional mapping jobs such as corridor mapping, disaster sites, mine site, and any other small size projects. Woolpert purchase a UAS from Altavian and is in the process of converting it to a fully metric system. The presentation will discuss introduction to the UAS, system specifications, camera calibration, factors effecting flight and acquisition, evaluation of the derived geospatial data, and FAA current regulation.
Presenter: Qassim Abdullah
Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist with more than 30 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. Over the course of his career, Dr. Abdullah has contributed significantly toward the advancement of digital aerial imagery and LiDAR acquisition, and production processes. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Abdullah developed proprietary software applications for use in digital orthophotography and DEM production; he developed and integrated a metric digital aerial camera for rapid image acquisition; he integrated airborne GPS into conventional aerotriangulation adjustments; he refined inertial navigation systems and GPS technology for position and orientation measurement; and he developed integrated airborne GPS, inertial measurement, lidar data acquisition and development of precise positioning algorithms and processes. A civil engineer, ASPRS certified photogrammetrist, and professional surveyor in four state, Dr. Abdullah currently serves as senior geospatial scientist responsible for designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies that allow Woolpert to meet the evolving needs of geospatial users. Before joining Woolpert, Dr. Abdullah was instrumental in streamlining Fugro EarthData’s photogrammetric mapping processes and most recently, has been leading the technology transfer for using Woolpert unmanned system (UAS) for standard mapping process.
Emails for upcoming seminars are sent to all ASPRS, CaGIS and GLIS members with the registration link. Just click on the clink in the email to get to the online registration for each seminar. Please note that slots for the live seminar are limited to 95 so register early to be assured you are approved. It is also important that if you register for a seminar that you do attend as there are more people interested in the live seminars than there are slots available to accommodate everyone. After the live seminars have aired, a videotape of the seminar will be posted below.
Past Seminars -- to view the video, click on the title of the seminar
How The District Uses Remote Sensed Data (Lidar, Imagery, Doppler Radar, Etc.) in Our Water Modeling
Presenter: Al Karlin, Florida Water Management District
Held March, 2013
3D Indoor Modeling for Navigation
Presenter: Dr Sisi Zlatanova, Delft University of Technology - Netherlands
Held May, 2013
Approaches, Techniques, and Considerations for Land Use/Land Cover Change Mapping
Presenter: John McCombs, NOAA
Held May, 2013
Social Research using Geospatial Technologies
Presenters: Yvonne Olivares and Aaron Schill, Community Researcher Partners (CRP)
Held June, 2013
Open Source Software in Commercial GIS Sofware Applications
Presenter: Michael Rosen, LizardTech Seattle, WA US
Held July 26, 2013
From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL): Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data
Presenter: Scott McAfee, CFM, GISP FEMA - Mitigation Division Department of Homeland Security
Held August 30, 2013
FEMA’s Hazus Risk Assessment System – Technical Session on How to Use the Hurricane and Flood Models to Help Build Resilient Communities
Presenter: Chris Zambito, CFM, GISP, Project Manager for Water Resources in Dewberry
Held September 27, 2013