spatial@local17: Now accepting poster submissions

Mar 27, 2017 • Categories: Event | Featured | spatial@ucsb.local

Call for posters for spatial@local2017! Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2017 (note new deadline) and should be sent to kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu. View event flyer and event information page. spatial@local17 Date: June 8, 2017 Location: Corwin Pavilion Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Plenary Session Topic: Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel The ocean is crowded with human activities including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, recreation, energy extraction and more. The Santa Barbara Channel is a prime example of how many of these activities conflict spatially and, together, stress marine ecosystems and threaten the services they provide. How do we know where ocean uses are conflicting? How can we engage ocean stakeholders in a participatory process to reduce conflict? What is the role of science and GIS in the resolution of environmental conflict? Our presenters will highlight some recent efforts to involve a wide array of stakeholders, scientists and government agencies in the design of plans that reduce conflict in the Santa Barbara Channel and improve the sustainable use of our ocean resources. Speakers:  Morgan Visalli, California Sea Grant Fellow (2015), Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary http://channelislands.noaa.gov/contact/visalli.html Dr. Carrie Kappel, Associate Project Scientist, NCEAS, UCSB https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/seniorfellows#kappel Moderator: Grace Goldberg, Director of Operations, SeaSketch & McClintock Lab, UCSB...

spatial@local16 posters

2015–2016 El Niño Impact on Coastal Erosion in the Santa Barbara Region 2015–2016 El Niño Impact on Coastal Erosion in the Santa Barbara Region August Oda, Corrie Monteverde, Ivan Lara, and Lathan Liles Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara Many beautiful cliff and shore locations are being lost to never-ending wind and wave action while, at the same time, millions of dollars are being spent to prevent that outcome. With climate change, sea levels continue to rise and erode the California coastline; events like El Niño only work to exacerbate the situation. This research explores efficient ways to decelerate the loss of coastline, suggesting areas that are more likely to be affected by these events and processes, such that effective measures and properly allocated money can ensure the safety of the shoreline and surrounding areas. Acid Mine Drainage Analysis of the Samarco Mine Tragedy in Brazil Acid Mine Drainage Analysis of the Samarco Mine Tragedy in Brazil Miranda Schrader, Lucas Ryder, Andrew Saunders, and Charles Sharpe Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara The effects of the failed Fundão Dam (Minas Gerais, Brazil), which released the tailings from an open-pit iron mine and flooded nearby cities, will likely remain for decades and affect the food chain, while riverine, estuarine, and marine ecosystems will likely lose diversity and functionality. The expansion of the sediment plume is shown in this poster, indicating the coastal areas and biological reserves that are threatened. ESRI Story Map Use in the National Weather Service ESRI Story Map Use in the National Weather Service Jayme L. Laber NOAA, National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA ESRI Story maps are lightweight, open-source web apps that combine web maps created using ESRI’s ArcGIS Online (AGOL) with content such as text, photos, video, and audio that tell stories about the world. They are simple to create and are an extremely effective tool to convey the National Weather Service’s (NWS) stories of weather, water, and climate. Within the National Weather Service they are being used as a tool for internal training and research, for sharing geographically-based information with external National Weather Service partners and users, and to tell the story of recent or historic weather events. Story Maps also lend themselves perfectly for use by the National Weather Service as a post-storm survey and documentation tool in conjunction with currently in-place methodologies. Exploring the Spatial-Temporal Relations between Burglary and Socioeconomic Factors using GIS Exploring the Spatial-Temporal Relations between Burglary and Socioeconomic Factors using GIS Rafael G. Ramos, Keith Clarke, Bráulio F. A. da Silva Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara Universida de Federal de Minas Gerais Property crimes, like burglary have often been linked to economic...

spatial@ucsb.local2016: Poster and Plenary Session

Jun 2, 2016 • Categories: Event | News | spatial@ucsb.local

spatial@ucsb.local2016 Spatial Information for Human Health Thursday, June 2, 2016 Corwin Pavilion Agenda Speakers Posters   In addition to a poster exhibit, the event featured the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) presentation of their 2016 high-resolution LiDAR elevation data program and the 2015 aerial imagery acquisition project. The Plenary Session, featured presentations by David Kerr (Sansum Diabetes Center) and Aaron Blackwell (UCSB, Dept.of Anthropology), moderated by Susan Cassels (UCSB, Dept. of Geography). Presenters discussed their research and gave their perspectives on how spatial information technologies can be applied to the study and enhancement of human health. While the theme is in regard to human health, posters and demos that illustrate the application of spatial thinking on any topic related to spatial studies were presented in the Poster Exhibit. Thirty-six posters and two demos were presented to a diverse audience from the private sector and academic communities. Speakers Aaron Blackwell, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara Market Integration and the Health of Amazonian Amerindians Many Amazonian peoples are currently undergoing transitions from subsistence to market based economies. Along with these changes in subsistence, come changes in diet, disease, and sociality. Here, I discuss work with two Amazonian populations, the Shuar of Ecuador and the Tsimane of Bolivia. Both have lived traditionally through small scale horticulture, hunting, fishing, and gathering, and both groups have seen substantial changes in market integration over the past decade. However, these changes have not been distributed uniformly in space. Often, those living closer to or with greater access to towns and roads experience market integration more quickly, while those living more remotely continue traditional livelihoods. We use this spatial distribution as a proxy for changes through time, to examine how market integration impacts children’s growth, body composition, disease transmission, acculturation, fertility, and other health outcomes. Bio: Aaron Blackwell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a human biologist and behavioral ecologist whose research examines health and life history in small scale Amazonian societies. His research examines how immune function develops in populations exposed to high levels of pathogens and how early life experiences shape health later in life in both small scale and industrialized populations. His research incorporates both field and laboratory work to examine biological outcomes. Blackwell’s other interests include examining how market integration affects health and development, senescence and aging, and ecological effects on parental investment and growth. David Kerr, M.D. FRCPE Director of Research, Sansum Diabetes Center A Diabetes Digital Village For clinicians, scientists and diabetes industries, the online diabetes #wearenotwaiting community is making it clear that the traditional approach to healthcare is not providing the quality and outcomes that are desired by adults and children...

spatial@ucsb.local2016—Call for Posters

May 20, 2016 • Categories: Event | spatial@ucsb.local

Submissions of demos or posters of research and creative works are invited for display at the annual spatial@ucsb.local2016 Poster and Plenary Session on Spatial Information for Human Health, which will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Corwin Pavilion. Representatives from the private sector and industry and campus-wide academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs are invited to showcase how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity. Although the theme this year is on Spatial Information for Human Health, posters reflecting some aspect of spatial thinking on any topic will be accepted. To reserve your space for a poster or to indicate your attendance and join us for lunch, please RSVP to Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu) before May 20,...

spatial@ucsb.local2015: Poster and Plenary Session

Jun 2, 2015 • Categories: Event | Featured | News | spatial@ucsb.local

June 2, 2015—Corwin Pavilion, UCSB There is a spatial component at the core of all search. On one hand, search technologies rely on a spatial metaphor: We talk about going to our favorite websites, searching for fragments in an overwhelmingly large space of documents, images, and videos. On the other hand, geographic space is essential to index information, relying on the location of entities. Extending our 2014 Specialist Meeting on Spatial Search, open to the local community and campus wide, this event featured research posters from the local community. The agenda included the Channel Islands Regional GIS Panel Discussion and two keynote speakers, Pete Pirolli (Palo Alto Research Center) and Krzysztof Janowicz (Geography, UCSB).  The Agenda shows all details. Agenda Speakers Posters   Speakers Peter Pirolli, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University Research Fellow, Interactive Intelligence Area Palo Alto Research Center Seeking Answers, Making Sense, Changing Lifestyles: Scientific and Engineering Models for Human-Information Interaction In this presentation, Pirolli discussed a series of increasingly complex human-information problems that have been addressed over the years by increasingly complex models of human psychology and behavior. The problems and contexts include information foraging, intelligence analysis, learning technical domains, and mastering changes in one’s own lifestyle. The models have been used to come to a deeper understanding of the cognitive ecology of human-information interaction in these contexts, to develop new user modeling techniques, with the aim of supporting the development of new human-information interaction techniques. Bio: Peter Pirolli is a Research Fellow in the Interactive Intelligence Area at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he has been pursuing studies of human information interaction since 1991. Prior to joining PARC, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley. Pirolli received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Education, and the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Academy. He is the author of Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information. Krzysztof Janowicz, Ph.D., Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGI), University of Münster Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara Vague Cognitive Regions: Data-Synthesis-Driven Perspective The concepts of cognitive regions and places are notoriously difficult to manage in geographic information science. They arise from the complex interaction of individuals, society, and the environment, their exact delineation is challenging as borders are vague, membership of places within a region varies non-monotonically, and homogeneity and regularity between raters cannot be assumed. In a recent study, Montello and colleagues have devised a novel grid-based task in which participants rate the membership of individual cells to a given region. The...