GIS Day @ University of Idaho

GIS Day

Advancing Science and Community Through GIS and Drone Technologies

November 18, 2020

Live Streaming Virtual Event
University of Idaho

GIS Day 2020 @ U of I: Advancing Science and Community Through GIS and Drone Technologies is a free, virtual event that brings together scholars, students, professionals, businesses, and the public to discuss geospatial technologies and demonstrate their many uses. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Please contact Bruce Godfrey (bgodfrey@uidaho.edu, 208-292-1407) with any questions.


Schedule of Events

All sessions will be live streaming on Zoom, with options for audience Q&A following the invited talks. Times are given in Pacific Time (PST). Please register to receive the Zoom link! Note: preliminary schedule subject to change!

Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2020

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Zoom

Operationalizing UAVs for Forest and Rangeland Management

Matthew M. Aghai (Director of Biological Research & Development at DroneSeed Co)

This keynote presentation will provide an overview of the technology and research supporting DroneSeed's innovative, data-driven approach using UAVs for large scale post-disturbance revegetation and native plant management.

Through a venture-backed model, DroneSeed is able to rapidly prototype and operationalize critical software, hardware, standard operating procedures, and biotechnology to meet the needs of a broad customer base in the revegetation space. Wildfire and other large-scale ecosystem disturbances are increasing in frequency and severity, while operational constraints seem to be increasing for land owners. Constraints to post-disturbance revegetation include accessibility to remote areas, difficulty distributing seed precisely at scale, invasive species mitigation, and associated costs. DroneSeed is developing a multipronged approach to revegetation using UAVs that is applicable to large scale post-disturbance revegetation and native plant management, at an effective cost. DroneSeed is increasing operational capacity using swarm technology, enabling multiple heavy lift aircraft to move material payloads across restoration areas with increased precision compared to conventional aircraft and manual systems. The company is precedent setting in the regulatory environment allowing for this work. The presentation will provide an overview of the company’s technology, present and future opportunities, and outline the research and development supporting their data-driven approach.

Presenter Bio

Matthew is currently the Director of Research and Development at DroneSeed Co in Seattle. Previously his work as a consultant had sent him around the world to pursue reforestation and native plant restoration for both ecological and industrial applications. He has trained and practiced as a nurseryman and regeneration specialist and has conducted research on a gamut of topics from the plant microbiome to tree community ecology. He has previous degrees from Purdue University and the University of Idaho, and in his limited spare time is wrapping up a PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle. Reforestation and native plant restoration are his mission.

10:55 am - 11:30 am
Zoom

Short Talks - Morning

Vincent Jansen (University of Idaho, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences), Skye Swoboda-Colberg (University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences), Jennifer Gilley (Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.)

Ten minute presentations highlighting recent geospatial-related work

Presenters from across the geospatial, GIS, and drone community will give 10-minute presentations highlighting their recent work.

  • “RangeSAT: Delivering Geospatial Data to Ranchers”, Vincent Jansen (University of Idaho, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) - Using the Landsat satellite record going back to 1984, RangeSAT (RangeSAT.org) provides at set of online vegetation monitoring tools for rangeland management. RangeSAT is an ongoing project being developed at the University of Idaho, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Ranchers, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Northwest Climate Hub.
  • “Disparities in emergency medical service (EMS) response time for automobile crashes in Idaho”, Skye Swoboda-Colberg (University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences) - This talk presents research comparing actual and predicted EMS response times in Idaho to identify potential service shortage areas, and compares the results to research in other States.
  • “Adaptation of UAS Field Procedures - Living with Covid-19”, Jennifer Gilley (Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.) - Alta has worked for several years now on their UAS program collecting imagery and LiDAR data. With the onset of Covid-19, it was necessary to adapt yet again to a changing environment and meet new challenges. We would like to discuss the advances in the program, but also how Alta has overcome outside challenges in the year of Covid-19.
11:30 am - 12:15pm

Break

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm
Zoom

Integrating cultural identity, remote sensing and UAVs as a way of knowing: Drone Camp, butterflies and quemes

Karla Eitel (University of Idaho, Director, McCall Field Campus and Outdoor Science School), Marcie Carter (University of Idaho, Natural Resources and Society)

Invited special topics presentation

12:50 pm - 1:15 pm
Zoom

Forecasting futures for food, land, energy, and water systems supply chain and critical infrastructure

Dan Cronan (University of Idaho, Center for Resilient Communities and Landscape Architecture), Lillian Alessa (University of Idaho, Center for Resilient Communities), Richard Lammers (University of New Hampshire, Earth Systems Research Center)

Invited special topics presentation

Food, food production, and the consequences of disrupted supply chains from COVID-19 have had resounding impacts on our social ecological systems and networks. At the onset of the pandemic, the Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) at the University of Idaho and the Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire developed a framework to analyze impacted areas at the national scale. Representatives from both groups will present the following topics within the process: a) the Science of COVID-19 food system vulnerability assessments, b) physical / hydrological assessments to support the process, and c) pulling it all together with tools for analysis and representation.

1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
Zoom

Short Talks - Afternoon

Ryan McCarley (University of Idaho, Fish and Wildlife Sciences), Zhe Wang (University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences), Chao Ma (University of Idaho, Computer Science), Jean-Marc Gauthier (University of Idaho, Virtual Technology and Design)

Ten minute presentations highlighting recent geospatial-related work

Presenters from across the geospatial, GIS, and drone community will give 10-minute presentations highlighting their recent work.

  • “Predicting fine-scale forage distribution to inform ungulate nutrition”, Ryan McCarley (University of Idaho, Fish and Wildlife Sciences) - Using segmented NAIP imagery, spatially explicit environmental variables, and field data we predicted fine-scale occurrence of 20 forage species for mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk across all of Idaho. Lasso logistic regression models provided high predictive accuracy, while validation at two University of Idaho affiliated research stations demonstrated the strengths and weakness of our approach.
  • “The effectiveness of the U-net on urban tree canopy mapping”, Zhe Wang (University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences) - In this study, we applied the U-net to urban tree canopy mapping, tested the effectiveness of the U-net in comparison with other approaches and assessed the performance and robustness of the U-net at different scales.
  • “Knowledge graphs for global and regional geologic time scales”, Chao Ma (University of Idaho, Computer Science) - A knowledge graph for global and regional geologic time scales was created and stored in a SPARQL endpoint. An R package was developed for querying the knowledge from it.
  • “Real time visualization of virtual wildlife”, Jean-Marc Gauthier (University of Idaho, Virtual Technology and Design) - This talk will present recent efforts in real time visualization of virtual wildlife using 2d and 3d mapping. Gauthier will cover new visualization and simulation technologies involving procedural animation, interactive cameras, visual effects, and applications of machine learning.
Content from past years' presentations, posters, and exhibits can be found in the GIS Day @ U of I Repository page

Register

Registration for GIS Day 2020 is closed. Please check back next Fall for our 2021 event.


Sponsors

Each year a variety of entities generously provide financial contributions to help make this a successful event. Since 2020 has moved to a virtual event, we are not actively seeking sponsors this year. This list recognizes our 2019 supporters.

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of GIS Day at the University of Idaho please click the button above to learn how to make a donation.


Planning Committee Members

  • Bruce Godfrey - Chair (Library)
  • Daniel Cronan (Landscape Architecture)
  • Lisa Jones (Plant Science)
  • Jason Karl (Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences)
  • Jeremy Kenyon (Library)
  • Jessica Martinez (Library)
  • Perri Moreno (Library)
  • Sanaz Shafian (Soil & Water Systems)
  • Evan Williamson (Library)
  • Cindy Barnhart (Communications & Marketing)