GIS Day 2013, November 20th

Please join us in celebrating GIS Day at Stanford University!!

GIS Day is held in over 45 countries around the world during Geography Awareness Week in order to showcase the work done by those using GIS and geospatial technologies.

Stanford University, as part of its ongoing commitment to support the development and integration of geospatial technologies, is celebrating GIS Day with an Open House. The event will include a series of lightning talks, a Map Gallery featuring some of the best work by students across many disciplines a “Where in the World” contest with prizes, and a geocache challenge.

Our keynote speaker this year is Kimberly Roberson, Chief of Field Information and Coordination at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Kimberly has more than 15 years working with UNHCR in the management of information to provide timely and efficient assistance to populations of concern within the organization. She has an advanced degree from Clark University in International Development and Geographic Information Systems. She has applied this knowledge in a variety of refugee, humanitarian and development situations with extensive work around the globe.

In addition to faculty and student showcasing cutting-edge research, featured guest speakers include GIS professionals from the Silicon Valley area, including NASA, ESRI, San Francisco City College, University of California at Berkeley, Google, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

GIS Day provides a great opportunity to view work being done on campus by our diverse community of users. There will be food and beverages, contests, and prizes!

Lightning Talks

    Morning Session (11am - 12pm):

  • Livelihood Security and Access to Services among Urban Refugees in Delhi, India.Evie Pless, MS Student, Biology, Anne Siders & Aiga Stokenberga, PhD Candidates, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Lauren Steinbaum, MS Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Stanford University
  • The Geography of the U.S. Post.Cameron Blevins, Ph.D. Candidate in History. Stanford University
  • Mass Shootings in America: A Geographic Approach.Noemi Alvarez & Felicia Bill, GIS Specialists. Stanford Geospatial Center
  • Participatory Photo Mapping as an Integrated Method for Health and Place Research.Suzanne M Gaulocher, Director of Community Engaged Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Stanford University
  • Development of a set of decision support tools for planning of decentralized treatment and water reuse systems using GIS data.Eun Jung Lee, Ph.D. Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering. Stanford University
  • You Can Go Your Own Way, But You Won’t: Exploring Highway Utilization in the Bay Area.Rob Semmens, Ph.D. Candidate, Education. Stanford University
  • Open space acquisition and fire history in Los Angeles County.Salma Zahedi, Research Affiliate, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). Stanford University
  • Exploring Tuna Catch in Relation to ENSO in California.Sonya Erlandson & Diana Rypkema, Ph.D. Candidates in Biology. Stanford University

  • Afternoon Session (1pm - 4:30pm):

  • GIS in Humanitarian Response : Challenges of Analysis and Representation.Kimberly Roberson, Chief of Field Information and Coordination at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Planetary-scale Geospatial Analysis with Google Earth Engine.David Thau, Google Earth Engine Developer Advocate, Google
  • The SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Population, agriculture, and GIS.Jamie Ratliff, Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Rebuilding Spatial Context for Archaeological Finds at Çatalhöyük.Karl Grossner, Digital Humanities Developer. Stanford University Libraries
  • Territoriality and health governance in Mexico.Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Professor, Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law. Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Stanford University
  • DEVELOPing GIS Applications @ NASA.Andrew Nguyen, Project Coordinator & Esther Essoudry, Earth Science Intern. DEVELOP National Program, NASA Ames Research Center , NASA
  • The Distributive Politics of Public Transit: A Spatial Approach.Clayton Nall, Professor of Political Science. Stanford University
  • Honolulu: A Case Study in TOD planning using GIS and CityEngineEric Wittner,3D Technology Evangelist, ESRI
  • Spatially Predictive Modeling and Mapping of Rockfishes to Support Marine Management Actions.Lisa Wedding, Early Career Science Fellow, Center for Ocean Solutions. Stanford University
  • Well and Seismic matching with ArcGIS® and ProMAX® via KML.Dr. Stewart A. Levin, Professor & Humberto Samuel Arevalo-Lopez, graduate student. Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences. Stanford University
  • Modeling the Impact of Terrain on Wind Speed and Dry Particle Deposition using WindNinja and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.Amber Brooks, GIS Analyst & Earth Scientist. University of Redlands
  • Population Mapping Using Advanced Techniques - The USGS Dasymetric Mapping Tool.Rachel Sleeter, Geographer. U.S. Geological Survey
  • Hosting your geospatial data in the Cloud.Brian Sullivan, Program Manager, Google Oceans & Earth Outreach
  • Mapping Vegetation Loss in Yosemite National Park: A Google Earth Engine Application.Karla King, Instructor. San Francisco City College GIS Education Center
  • Stanford's Geoportal: A new era in geospatial data discovery.Kim Durante, Metadata Specialist. Stanford University Libraries
  • Experiential Mapping of the Urban Form & Taking it the Crowd: Collaborative Mapping to Build an Atlas Darin Jensen, Continuing Lecturer & Cartographer, Geography Department, University of California at Berkeley
  • GIS as a Boundary Tool: Bridging Science and Policy.Eric Hartge, Research Analyst, Center for Ocean Solutions. Stanford University
  • Helping to Change the World with the Power of GeographyEric Wittner,3D Technology Evangelist, ESRI
Map Gallery
  • Percentage of Fish Kept vs. Given Away, Island of Hawaii.Eric Hartge, Research Analyst, Center for Ocean Solutions.
  • Maps of Africa. Oscar I. Norwich Collection, Stanford University Libraries.
  • California as an Island.Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, Stanford University Libraries.
  • The Impact of Terrain on Wind Speed and Dry Particle Deposition Using WindNinja and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.Amber Brooks, Douglas Flewelling, PhD, University of Redlands.
  • Watershed Management in Nicaragua.Jordan Arellano, Anthony Cordova, Jessica Eastling, United Nations Development Program.
  • Mass Shootings in America: Scorecard for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.Felicia Bill, Noemi Alvarez, Stanford Geospatial Center.
  • Open-space conservation and its effect on occurance of wildfires: The case of Los Angeles County.Salma Zahedi, Maria J. Santos, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University.
Contest & Awards

“Where in the World Am I?”

World images will be displayed around the Mitchell Building main entrance doors, thanks to our generous sponsor, ESRI. Pick up your ballot at the event to guess the locations of the high resolution imagery. A $50 gift certificate to the Stanford bookstore will be given to the first winner and other gifts provided by Stanford will given to the next four winners chosen from all of the correct entries. Check out our winners from last year.

Bring along your colleagues and join us for the talks. We’ll provide the desserts and refreshments. See you there!



A new campus GeoCache has been set up in celebration of GIS Day. Listed below are links to more information about geocaching, our geocache rules and a selection of links to GPS apps for your smart phone. N: 37.42637° W: 122.17264°

Geocaching Organization

Digital Compass for iPhone

Locus Free for Android

Event Details

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Hartley Conference Center & Branner Earth Sciences Library
Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
397 Panama Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

11:00–12:00pm — Lightning Talks - Student Session
1:00–5:00pm — Map Gallery
1:00–4:30pm — Lightning Talks - Main Event
4:30–5:00pm — Awards & Reception

Who: Open to all public

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