Environmental GIS: Tools for Examining Our World

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • MTC, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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Speaker #1
Larry Orman and Robert Graham, GreenInfo

Getting the Crowd to Collaborate on GIS Data 

GreenInfo Network's Larry Orman and Robert Graham will describe how their unique MapCollaborator application has helped inventory millions of acres of protected lands, thousands of recreation facilities and hundreds of miles of trails, and more.They'll show the open source tools used to create this "map wiki" and tell you how you can use them to build your own applications.  

Larry Orman is Executive Director of GreenInfo Network, a 16 year old nonprofit that has worked with over 600 public interest groups and agencies. Robert Graham is a GreenInfo Web GIS Specialist who develops the Map Collaborator application.

Speaker # 2
Kristin Byrd, USGS

Integrated Scenarios for Habitat Threat Assessment on California Rangelands

Resource managers and planners are seeking guidance on how future threats of climate change and land use change may impact the viability of a ranching landscape and associated ecosystem services. We developed six integrated scenarios that represent alternative futures of land use/climate/hydrological change for the foothills around the Central Valley and most of the southern Inner Coast Range. We are deriving metrics of biophysical change from model outputs and conducting economic analyses of these impacts. Comparison of analyses across scenarios will allow resource managers to identify potential risks and opportunities – both biological and economical – for rangeland across alternative futures.

Kristin Byrd is a Physical Scientist with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center in Menlo Park, CA, where she has been employed since February 2009. Kristin is the Principal Investigator of a 2-year project titled, “Integrated Scenarios for Habitat Threat Assessment on California Rangelands,” funded by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC). Kristin completed a Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management with Maggi Kelly, and completed a postdoc in the same department with Adina Merenlender. She has an M.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in environmental science from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kristin also has four years of environmental consulting experience, and prior to graduate work spent 9 months working at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Speaker # 3

Kristen Cayce, San Francisco Estuary Institute

EcoAtlas-- multi-stakeholder tool for aquatic resource management

The San Francisco Estuary Institute develops visualization tools to support local, regional and state environmental management and policy. The Institute's flagship website, EcoAtlas, provides habitat condition, water quality, and  project tracking information to environmental managers to enable more informed decisions. Kristen Cayce will give a preview of the soon to be released EcoAtlas website/tools and discuss the user-focused, open source structure of the tool.  


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