GIS Day @ U of I - Repository

Slides, posters, websites, and additional materials from past GIS Day @ U of I talks and exhibits are shared on this page.


Title Presenter Year Description Materials
Title Presenter Year Description Materials
Using multi-temporal LiDAR to assess fire impacts on tree growth Aaron Sparks
Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
This talk will give a brief overview of current research efforts on the U of I Experimental Forest aimed at understanding forest growth dynamics using multi-temporal airborne LiDAR, including fire impacts on tree growth. PDF
A State Project to help PSAPs getting ready for NG9-1-1 Wilma Robertson
Office of Information Technology Services, State of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
The State received funding to help Public Safety Answering Points improve their GIS Data for five Core datasets to get Idaho ready to switch from E911 to NG9-1-1. Learn about the efforts currently underway. PDF
A New Database Initiative for Geologic Mapping in Idaho Nathan Hopkins
Idaho Geological Survey
2022
Short Talk
The Idaho Geological Survey publishes freely available geologic data, including geologic mapping, of interest to diverse stakeholders in Idaho. This talk will introduce an initiative to create a seamless 1:24,000-scale compilation of the geologic mapping of Idaho in a new geodatabase schema consistent with national standards. PDF
Keeping Watch: Mapping Idaho's Fire Lookouts Through Lived Experience Michael Decker
CDIL and Confluence Lab, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
Keeping Watch is a geo-spatial narrative project that locates oral history testimonies from former and current fire lookouts on a GIS interface. Its aim is to trace shifting perspectives of space/ place through the gaze of fire lookouts--both objectively as tower technology and subjectively as human presence. Website
Standalone GPS devices - still relevant today? Dave Pitney
Geography, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
With the widespread adoption of smartphones and their 'good enough' GPS capabilities, is there still a role for standalone GPS devices? It depends on the use case. Presentation will conclude with a preview of our digital topographic maps for Garmin GPS devices. PDF
Developing a Method for Quantifying the Thermal and Hydrologic Impacts of Beaver Habitat Using Thermal Infrared Imagery Matthew Steinwurtzel
Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
Historically, beaver-mediated habitat would have been a ubiquitous and multifunctional aspect of Idaho's river and riparian ecosystems. Beaver habitats have been demonstrated to increase groundwater exchange, maintain surface water during drought or low flows, and promote thermal heterogeneity by increasing groundwater and surface water exchanges. As climate change will continue to impact riparian habitat and riverine ecosystems through changes in precipitation and temperature, the identification of restoration activities for managers that promote and facilitate cold-water refuges for imperiled salmonids is critical. Using Thermal Infrared Imagery (TIR), we are developing a methodology that maps and models the thermal profile of salmonid-bearing watersheds. This applied methodology can be adopted and used to address the spatial and temporal limitations of typical large-scale riparian ecosystem investigations in other watersheds. PDF
Cloud Optimized GeoTIFFs Jennifer Hinds
Research Computing and Data Services, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
Rendering large raster images when developing web mapping applications can be a challenge. This is where Cloud Optimized GeoTIFFs (COGs) save the day. PDF
Getting Involved in the GIS Community Kara Utter
Northern Rockies chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
2022
Short Talk
This presentation will cover who NR-URISA and URISA are and what we do for the GIS Community. It will cover a little about our history, what our current focus is, and why it's important to get involved with professional GIS organizations like ours. I will also emphasize the importance for Students and Young Professionals to get involved to help network and make connections. Website
Open source human rights investigations and their evidentiary implications Matty Murphy
International Studies, University of Idaho
2022
Short Talk
This talk will present initial findings of research into how open source HR investigations are conducted, as well as the broader global implications of such investigations in the 21st century. PDF
Location sharing and geoprivacy preservation Grant McKenzie
Spatial Data Science, McGill University, CA
2022
Invited Speaker
Concern over the privacy of one's personal location is at an all-time high, yet the desire to share our lives with friends, family, and the public persists. Current approaches to sharing personal location information is often limited to sharing a single spatial resolution with all individuals, regardless of relation, and with little control over how this content is shared. In this talk I propose a set of design goals and a design pattern for sharing personal location information that are realized through a prototype mobile web application called PrivyTo. PDF
Geoprivacy and GIS: Avenues for Engagement Dara Seidl
Geographic Information Systems, Colorado Mountain College
2022
Keynote
GIS Day 2022 will mark twenty years since the release of Mark Monmonier's influential book on geospatial technology and privacy, *Spying with Maps*. What has changed in the geoprivacy world in the last twenty years? How have perceived geoprivacy risks from two decades ago panned out, and what new directions and concerns have emerged? This talk will identify evolving practices in the collection and stewardship of sensitive location data and address a lingering concern: how to engage future purveyors of spatial data in cultivating geoprivacy. PDF
GIS Day @ U of I 2022 recording U of I Library 2022
Recording
Video from the live Zoom stream of all sessions, on YouTube. Website
GIS Day @ U of I 2022 schedule U of I Library 2022
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2022 program and information. Website
Mapping for Resilience: A storymap about using lidar to address Idaho's challenges Tara Pozzi
Environmental Policy and Behavior, UC Davis
2021
Special Topic
Idaho will have publicly-available lidar data and lidar-derived products for 73% of the state by the end of 2021. With the influx of new data, there are many opportunities for local communities to use this information for natural hazard management, strategic development, and conservation, among other applications. The Storymap blends texts and visuals to explore lidar acquisition and implementation in Idaho. This information is intended for anyone that may want to use lidar or already uses lidar including GIS technicians, planners, engineers, academics, and artists, among others. We hope this is a place for Idahoans to learn about the usability of lidar and be inspired to use it towards forming a resilient Idaho. PDF Website
Using GIS tools to track Sagebrush plant community resiliency Georgia Harrison
Plant Sciences, University of Idaho
2021
Short Talk
A demonstration of using Google Earth Engine within Python to access rangeland plant cover data from the rangelands analysis platform (rangelands.app). We will track plant cover and assess how it has changed over time. PDF
Future Climate Analogs in the Climate Toolbox Katherine Hegewisch
Geography, University of California Merced
2021
Short Talk
The Future Climate Analogs tool in the Climate Toolbox provides a map of current and future climate analogs for National Park locations in an attempt to understand the question 'Where do we find a climate today that will resemble the future climate of a location?'. We'll explore some climate stories with the tool. PDF
Food access and environment of vulnerable populations in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Julie Hurdman
Geography and Geological Sciences, University of Idaho
2021
Short Talk
Blending the popular research topics of food deserts and swamps, we examine if vulnerable populations in the Boise Metropolitan Area are more likely to have ready access to nutrition-poor, calorie-dense foods. PDF
GIS Day @ U of I 2021 schedule U of I Library 2021
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2021 program and information. Website
The effectiveness of the U-net on urban tree canopy mapping Zhe Wang
University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
Knowledge graphs for global and regional geologic time scales Chao Ma
University of Idaho, Computer Science
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
Predicting fine-scale forage distribution to inform ungulate nutrition Ryan McCarley
University of Idaho, Fish and Wildlife Sciences
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
Integrating cultural identity, remote sensing and UAVs as a way of knowing: Drone Camp, butterflies and quemes Karla Eitel & Marcie Carter
University of Idaho, McCall Field Campus and Outdoor Science School, & Natural Resources and Society
2020
Special Topic
This project explores the use of UAVs within the cultural context of the Nez Perce Tribe's management of fisheries and natural resources, integrating indigenous knowledge, community needs, education, and remote sensing. PDF
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
2020
Special Topic
Food, food production, and the consequences of disrupted supply chains from COVID-19 have had resounding impacts on our social ecological systems and networks. 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. Website
Adaptation of UAS Field Procedures - Living with Covid-19 Jennifer Gilley
Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
Disparities in emergency medical service (EMS) response time for automobile crashes in Idaho Skye Swoboda-Colberg
University of Idaho, Geography and Geological Sciences
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
RangeSAT: Delivering Geospatial Data to Ranchers Vincent Jansen
University of Idaho, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
2020
Short Talk
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. PDF
GIS Day @ U of I 2020 schedule U of I Library 2020
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2020 program and information. Website
GIS Day @ U of I 2019 schedule U of I Library 2019
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2019 program and information. Website
GIS & Spatial Machine Learning: Transforming Our Planet's Pulse to Action Orhun Aydin
Product Engineer, Esri
2019
Keynote
Keynote presentation from ESRI Spatial Statistics researcher Dr. Orhun Aydin exploring the power of GIS to integrate data for understanding our planet and solving it's most pressing problems. PDF
Mapping Digital Collections: GeoJSON and Leaflet.js for Sustainable Static Web Olivia Wikle
Library, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
Overview of how University of Idaho Library uses Jekyll static web generator to transform digital collection metadata into GeoJSON data and map visualizations using Leaflet.js. PDF
Spatiotemporal Weighted Regression in Geographic Process Chao Ma
Computer Science, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
Spatiotemporal weighted regression (STWR) model was proposed to address the spatiotemporal non-stationarity. This method has a wide range of applications including geoscience, environmental science, economics and social science. PDF
Using GIS Storymapping to Illustrate Idaho's Food Heritage and Festivals Colette DePhelps
Northern District Extension, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
A 2014 University of Idaho Extension survey of Idahoans revealed an array of festivals, from small town to big cities, that illustrate and celebrate Idaho's unique food heritage. In 2019, we created a Story Map, linked to the Idaho Food Works website, that weaves together this rich heritage with more modern Idaho food, wine and beer festivals, elevating the visibility and diversity of food-related events across the state. PDF
GIS and freshwater ecosystem services valuation under climate change and conservation Li Huang
Geography, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
Under a GIS and Python environment, this research explores how climate change and conservation would affect freshwater ecosystem services in a semiarid catchment. In a spatially explicit way, the results suggest the degradation under climate change and the mitigation effects from conservation. PDF
A Land-Based and Spatial Assessment of Local Food Capacity in Northern Idaho, USA Haifeng (Felix) Liao
Geography, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
There has been a growing interest in local food production, which provides an alternative way to increase self-sufficiency and support greater well-being and food security at the community level. This study focused on the Northern Panhandle region of Idaho, where opportunities derived from the local food movement have emerged in several resort and college towns. This research integrated spatial analysis and modeling in a geographic information system (GIS) environment and a linear-programming (LP) optimization approach to identify, quantify, and map these potential opportunities and demonstrate the utility of land-based foodshed analysis. PDF
A knowledge base of deep time to assimilate multi-disciplinary datasets in the study of co-evolving geosphere and biosphere Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma
Computer Science, University of Idaho
2019
Short Talk
By developing a machine-readable knowledge base of deep time and the corresponding service, this research will address the heterogeneity of time concepts among multidisciplinary data facilities, and thus facilitate studies on the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere. PDF
Northwest Climate Toolbox Katherine Hegewisch
Geography, University of Idaho
2018
Short Talk
The NW Climate Toolbox is a collection of web tools for visualizing maps, graphs and dashboards of real-time climate information, seasonal climate forecasts and future climate projections. PDF
Northwest Climate Toolbox: U.S. Water Watcher Tool Katherine Hegewisch
Geography, University of Idaho
2018
Poster
The NW Climate Toolbox is a collection of web tools for visualizing maps, graphs and dashboards of real-time climate information, seasonal climate forecasts and future climate projections. PDF
A Network Analysis to Identify Hotspots in Which Merchantability May Limit Forest Management Across the United States Raju Pokharel
Natural Resources, University of Idaho
2018
Short Talk
This study conducts a network analysis utilizing the location and consumption characteristics of over 3,300 forest products producers in the continental United States along with a national road dataset to evaluate “hotspots” in which there could be financial limitation to forest harvesting. We establish procurement zones around each mill for a forest commodity at varying distances and costs and construct a “hotspot” value utilizing the number of overlapped zones weighted by generalized commodity-specific prices. PDF
Coeur d'Alene Tribe GIS UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Program: An Update James Twoteeth, Berne Jackson, Giovan Alcala, Sabine Krier
Coeur d'Alene Tribe GIS
2018
Short Talk
An update on the work of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Program. PDF
Palouse-Clearwater Food Systems Story Map Colette DePhelps
Northern District Extension, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho
2018
Short Talk
In this ESRI Story Map we used the Shortlist layer to display primary data collected about the Palouse-Clearwater Food System. The Story Map is designed to both educate community members about food system assets in the region and to connect them to those assets. PDF
Using Esri Javascript API with React JS and Vue JS to Build Modern Web Applications for GIS-related Tasks Koffi Anderson Koffi
Data & Digital Services - Library
2018
Short Talk
The integration of the Esri Javascript API on modern web application ecosystem enhances the execution of GIS-related tasks. In this talk, we explore two use cases with the Idaho Rangeland Atlas and the Idaho Aerial Imagery Explorer web applications. PDF
The Vulnerability of Idaho's Dairy Industry to Impacts of Climate Change Alycia Bean
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWWRI), University of Idaho
2018
Exhibit
Story Map presentation looking at the interdisciplinary nexus of climate change impacts, water rights, and alfalfa crops in southern Idaho. Website
Closure of Syringa Mobile Home Park: Story Map Denessy Rodriguez
Sociology and Anthropology & Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning, University of Idaho
2018
Exhibit
Syringa Mobile Home Park was a mobile home park in Moscow, Idaho. In June 2018, Syringa closed. The story of Syringa details many of the same issues that parks across the nation are facing, and reflects an ongoing affordable housing crisis. Website
GIS: A Framework for Identifying Isolated Communities in a Transportation Context Skye Swoboda-Colberg
National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT), University of Idaho
2018
Poster
Objectively defining isolated communities in Idaho can be controversial. A multiple criteria analysis of road networks, municipal boundaries, wired and wireless broadband service areas, demographic data, vehicle crash records and EMS response areas was conducted to identify isolated communities in Idaho. PDF
Quantifying Fuel Consumption for the Las Conchas Fire Using Airborne LiDAR Ryan McCarley
Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho
2018
Poster
We used pre- and post-fire airborne LiDAR and field data to quantify changes in tree biomass, surface fuels, and canopy bulk density for the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico. PDF
Idaho Wilderness: Assessing Future Land Use and Climate Change in the State's Greatest Gems Ryan McCarley
Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho
2018
Poster
A spatial summary of land use and climate change predictions through 2050 in and around Idaho's 15 wilderness areas. This data is used to identify Idaho's most vulnerable wilderness areas. PDF
High-resolution Lidar from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Forestry Applications Anthony Martinez
Natural Resources & Society, University of Idaho
2018
Poster
High-resolution lidar was collected 9/2017 on Moscow Mountain with a UAV by Alta Science & Engineering. This high-resolution dataset provides new opportunities for forest measurements that "traditional" plane-mounted lidar systems cannot. PDF
GIS Day @ U of I 2018 schedule U of I Library 2018
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2018 program and information. Website
Advancing Machine Learning and AI with Geography & GIS Robert Kircher
Esri Professional Services
2017
Keynote
Geospatial artificial intelligence and machine learning build on and advance the accomplishments, technologies, and creativity in the GIS community. It’s another special time for geography and the GIS professionals, academics, and students that practice it. Geographic data, models, algorithms, and information are contributing to these endeavors more than ever. Let’s explore how geography and GIS are using and advancing AI and ML concepts and technologies to establish Geo AI, and how our world is benefiting from it. PDF
Virtual Rivers Richie Carmichael, Jean-Marc Gauthier, and Reilly Cisco
Virtual Technology and Design
2017
Short Talk
An overview of several VR environments about rivers and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. PDF
Evaluating Sustainability Competencies through Green Infrastructure Design Daniel Cronan
Landscape Architecture
2017
Short Talk
A GIS-based approach for analyzing key competencies in Sustainable Green Infrastructure design that systematically evaluates student learning within a studio course and a workshop by analyzing self-reported and spatially explicit evidence of learning about stormwater system design and planning. The research focuses on landscape architecture and planning education, using a set curriculum, courses, and workshops as vehicles for experimentation. PDF
JournalMap: Leveraging the Where in Scholarly Literature Jason Karl
Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
2017
Short Talk
While it is easier than it has ever been to find useful scholarly literature across disciplines, the ability to find out what is known about a specific location or environmentally similar places around the world is still hindered by current search technologies that rely on keywords, topics, text, and authors – concepts of cataloging and searching that date back to the 1800’s. JournalMap is a map-based scientific literature search engine for discovering relevant research based on where research was conducted as well as through traditional keyword searches. PDF Website
Climate Engine Katherine Hegewisch
Geography
2017
Short Talk
Climate Engine is a web tool that allows the visualization of maps and time series from large climate and remote sensing datasets. PDF Website
GIS Day @ U of I 2017 schedule U of I Library 2017
Program
Web archive capture of GIS Day @ U of I page provides access to 2017 program and information. Website