Climate Change GIS

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ESRI 2008 Climate Change GIS Conference Program, San Diego, Aug 4-8

  Day    Time        Event Type        Session Title                                                                 Room

  Tuesday, August 05, 2008

  8:30 AM    -       9:45 AM
              Panel Discussion
       1043  Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)              Room 32 A

             Keynote session, overview of climate change as a spatial phenomenon.

Dr. Stephen H. Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies; Professor of Biology; Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Internationally recognized for research, policy analysis and outreach in climate change, Dr. Schneider focuses on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He has consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations. Dr. Schneider is Founder and Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Climatic Change. Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and author of The Genesis Strategy: Climate and Global Survival; Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? and Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We can’t Afford to Lose. He has been a co-author of all of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports since its origin in 1988. After decades of work, Dr. Schneider, along with four “generations” of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their joint efforts in 2007.

Geoff Wade, ESRI Natural Resources Manager & Terry Martin, ESRI National Accounts Manager for US Air Force

  10:15 AM  -     11:30 AM
              Panel Discussion
       1044  Climate Change GIS in Local Government                                                   Room 32 A
                   Discussion of municipal and regional climate change and carbon footprint  plans from around the USA. Moderated by  Jon Harrison,  ESRI business development and Mayor, City of Redlands, Ca.

-Gregory Knight, Boston Redevelopment Authority, on Solar Boston


  12:00 PM  -       1:00 PM
              Special Interest Group Meeting
         680  NOAA Special Interest Group meeting                                                   Room 24 C


  1:30 PM    -       2:45 PM
              Moderated Paper Session
         294  National Weather Service Operations I                                                   Room 24 B

              Panel Discussion and Presentations
       1045  Trends in Collaborative Science for Climate Change                               Room 32 A

-National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis/Society for Conservation Biology:  "Building and sustaining collaborations between climate-change researchers and conservation practitioners." Discussion of how the research community can best meet the information and adaptive management needs of decision-makers, and how climate change science can best be incorporated into the daily practice of conservation, illustrated by the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

-World Resources Institite, "Climate Change GIS activities at World Resources Institute,
Earthtrends Online Database & Indonesia" 

-California Academy of Sciences: "Predicting Species Specific Responses to Climate Change"

-Presentation:  "GIS Activities at the National Center for Atmospheric Research"
The GIS Initiative at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) is an interdisciplinary effort to foster collaborative
science, spatial data interoperability, and knowledge sharing with
GIS. Being part of NCAR, one of the world's leading climate modeling
and research centers, the GIS Initiative supports use of GIS as both
an analysis, and an infrastructure tool in climate research. This
presentation will discuss roles of GIS Initiative and GIS tools in
NCAR's climate modeling, climate change impacts, vulnerability and
adaptation research, and distribution of climate change projections
to GIS community.

  3:15 PM    -       4:30 PM
              Moderated Paper Session
         295  National Weather Service Operations II                                                  Room 24 B

              Panel Discussion and Presentations
       1046  Climate Change GIS in Global Action and Policy                                    Room 32 A

-SPOT Image, "The Planet Action program, a new global collaborative linking technology and data with local action"

-Woods Hole Research Center, "Climate Change GIS activities at Woods Hole Research Center, Kyoto REDD processes & models"

-Demo Workshop: The Nature Conservancy's Climate Change Calculator

-Presentation:  "GIS Activities at the United Nations Environment Program"


  Wednesday, August 06, 2008

  8:30 AM    -       9:45 AM
              Moderated Paper Session
         653  GIS Methods for Climate Change                                                           Room 32 A

Forest ecosystems are the only living systems recognized by the Kyoto Protocol. Therefore, GIS methods to study forest ecosystem distribution, health and carbon cycles are the top priority for any conservation projects seeking recognition under the current protocol. This session will share three papers showing current approaches.
-Up-Scaling Vegetation Carbon Storage Distribution of Pinus Densiflora Stands, Taemin Kim, Korea University
-Ecosystem Vulnerability to Climate Change in Panama, Eric Anderson, Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the --Caribbean (CATHALAC)
-Habitat Specificity of Amazonian Tree Species, Hannah Stevens, New York Botanical Garden


         771  NASA Track—Technology I                                                                   Room 26 A


  10:15 AM  -     11:30 AM
              Moderated Paper Session
         296  Climate Change Patterns and Characteristics                                    Room 32 A

This session will focus on the role of GIS and global climate variability modeling using GPS, remote sensing, and data.
-Using ArcGIS to Analyze Climate Patterns and Climate Change – Helen Cox
-Global Warming: The Bering Glacier Retreat and Sea Level Rise – Alaa Shams
-Characteristics of Atllantic tropical Storms from Long-Term Observations – Constantin Andronache


         772  NASA Track—Technology II                                                                 Room 26 A


  12:00 PM  -       1:00 PM
              Special Interest Group Meeting
         893  Climate Change GIS User Group                 Room 32 A

Launch of a new General User Group open to all concerned about climate change and how GIS can help.


  1:30 PM    -       2:45 PM
              Moderated Paper Session
         298  Climate and Weather Internet Applications                                       Room 24 B

         654  Climate Change Science and Issues                                                     Room 32 A

Remote-sensing techniques, multispectral analysis, and predictive models are crosscutting methodologies that combine satellite imagery with GIS analysis. This session will share two papers showing how these are used in climate change. The World Conservation Monitoring Centre is the world's oldest and largest conservation database, and it’s officially charged with monitoring many United Nations agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol. Presenters will give an overview of the planet's situation with regard to biodiversity loss, protected areas, and climate change.

-ClimateWizard: A web-based GIS tool for practical climate change analysis Evan H. Girvetz University of Washington, Chris Zganjar The Nature Conservancy, George Raber, University of Southern Mississippi
  Abstract: While climate change projections are publicly available, these data are difficult for practitioners—planners, managers and even most scientists—to access, interpret, and analyze. We have developed a climate change analysis toolbox, called ClimateWizard, which can be used to assess past observed and future modeled climate change at specific geographic areas of interest. This toolbox is designed as a set of ArcGIS Server web services that analyze and visualize data from the IPCC and other climate models, providing useful products for a wide range of practitioners. The specific tools range from easy-to-use web applications to more flexible and powerful ArcGIS toolbox services, which can be used to analyze climate change within specific geographic areas of interest across multiple spatial scales—globally, regionally, and locally. We will provide examples of using these tools to assess how climate change is likely to impact priority conservation areas for The Nature Conservancy.

"Projecting Wildlife Impacts from Future Oil and Gas Development: A Framework for Public Land Planning" Janice Thomson, The Wilderness Society


         773  NASA Track—Applications                                                                    Room 26 A
              Panel Discussion

       1057  Climate Change GIS and the Utilities Industry                                     Room 31 C

Moderated by Bill Meehan. Many governments are requiring that electric utilities provide a growing percentage of their energy to be supplied by renewable resources.  This is primarily in response to the growing concern about climate change.  In addition, some in the electric utility business see a growing cry for the electrification of the some forms of the transportation industry. This presentation and discussion forum will examine what electric companies are doing to meet those demands.  Utilities themselves are large consumers of energy.   So they are also interested in ways to lower their energy consumption.  This workshop will examine what utilities are doing in energy management and how GIS can play a significant role in helping utilities lower their carbon footprint while continuing to meet the growing electric demands.

  3:15 PM    -       4:30 PM
              Moderated Paper Session
         655  Conservation and Invasive Species Problems                                       Room 32 A

Climate change and habitat impacts express themselves in the spread of nonnative invasive species, which can quickly obliterate native ecosystems as temperatures and seasons shift to favor the more aggressive aliens. Hear about case studies and GIS techniques for mapping and managing invasive species.

-iMapInvasives:  A Multi-state Application to Manage Invasive Exotic Species, Dean Jue, Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC)
-Invasive Plant Arundo Donax: Mapping and Prioritizing Its Eradication, Bryan Sesser, Sonoma Ecology Center
-Modeling Invasive Plant Spread in Alaska, Matthew Macander, ABR Inc.--Environmental Research & Services


         774  NASA Track—Science                                                                           Room 26 A


  Thursday, August 07, 2008

  8:30 AM    -       9:45 AM
              Moderated Paper Session
         649  GIS for Land Use and Land Change                                                    Room 31 C

Remote-sensing data is used successfully with GIS for change detection analysis and urban growth models to analyze historical changes in land use and predict future trends and impacts. Climate change is especially important as habitats are lost or converted, and critical ecosystem dynamics such as disturbance regimes and fire cycles are altered, suppressed, or enhanced. Hear from several presenters who will show how GIS and remote-sensing are used together to asses human impacts.

-Synthesizing Historical Ecology Data with a GIS
  Shawna Dark, CSUN, Geography
-Modeling Land-Use Policies in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Kenya
  Karen Beardsley, University of California, Davis
-Forests and Wetlands in Mekong Delta during the Viêt-Nam War
  Françoise Pirot, CNRS - UMR8564 - SIS - Centre de Compétence Thématique MASSIG


              Panel Discussion
         775  NASA Track—Panel Discussion                                                             Room 26 A

  10:15 AM  -     11:30 AM
              Panel Discussion
            1047      Integration of GIS & Remote Sensing for Monitoring Environmental Change Room 31                           Moderator: Danielle Hopkins


  12:00 PM  -       1:00 PM
              Special Interest Group Meeting
         880  Atmospheric User Group Meeting                                                    Room 24 B

            Special Interest Group Meeting
          Planet Action Imagery Grants Program Open Meeting                         Room 30E

  1:00 PM    -       1:30 PM                                       Conservation Hall: Climate Change Theater
  ----   Planet Action: Reports from Grantees

           Moderator: Spot Image Planet Action Program
          Subitle:  Reports from Grantees

-Mahesh Pathak, SCGIS Nepal
Application of GIS and RS for Mitigating Impact of Climate Change in Himalayas Mahesh Pathak SCGIS Nepal Abstract The Himalayan region is an integral part of the global ecosystem. This mountain region is rich in biological and environmental resources and services. The Himalayan environment supports more than 1.5 billion people. This environment is under constant stress as a result of environmental degradation and climate change. Climate change is a major concern in the Himalayas because of potential impacts on the economy, ecology, and environment of the Himalayas and area downstream. Accelerated glacier melting has led to increased glacial hazards in the Himalayas known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). Approximately 200 potentially dangerous glacial lakes in this region could cause catastrophic floods (referred a as mountain tsunami), which can sweep away all means of livelihood in a singles stroke. Other impact zone in this area are dry land, fresh water, forest ecosystem, biodiversity, agriculture and food production, human health, mountain infrastructure and so on. On the other hand there is lack on the scientific information and GIS database regarding to the potential impact of climate change. Local people are also unaware about the existing scenarios of surrounding landscape. This paper aims to mitigate the impact of climate change and enhance the adaptations and reliance of mountain people through the application of GIS and RS technology.

  1:30 PM    -       2:45 PM

     1048  Planet Action: International Collaboration for Climate Change related issues   Room 30E
           Moderator: Spot Image Planet Action Program
          Subitle:   "Planet Action Partnerships"

-UNESCO partnerships with space agencies for the conservation of World Heritage sites, in particular a partner of SpotImage Planet Action UNESCO, Mario Hernandez:

-Planet Action in South America :  supporting local partners who engage in action on Climate Change. Spot Image: Pierre Duquesne:

-Pro-Natura International activities in the field of Agro-Forestry, relevant in terms of climate change mitigation and Biodiversity conservation, -Pronatura International, Martyn D. Collins, CEO, Pro-Natura International.

-Sustainable Forest Management for reduced GHG Emissions, -Susan Minnemeyer, World Resources Institute.


            Moderated Paper Session
         761  Polar Operations                                                                              Room 30 C

              Moderated Paper Session
         761  Polar Operations                                                                              Room 29 C

  1:30 PM    -       2:45 PM
              Panel Discussion
       1049  Climate Change GIS in Public and Private Forestry                           Room 31 C

Moderated by Peter Eredics. The emerging carbon market provides a significant incentive to practice sustainable forest management for benefits derived beyond the manufacturing of traditional forest products. This session explores the major role forests have in climate change initiatives and the international cooperation required to  potentially absorb one-tenth of global carbon emissions through carbon sinks.

  3:15 PM    -       4:30 PM

1048  Planet Action: International Collaboration for Climate Change related issues   Rm 30E
           Moderator: Spot Image Planet Action Program
          Subitle:   "Planet Action Techologies "

-GIS and Remote Sensing to support the consolidation of Protected Areas in the Brazilian Amazon: the case of Calha Norte Project, IMAZON, Carlos Souza:

-The role of high resolution imagery for developing carbon assessment for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) mechanisms, Woods Hole Research Center, Nadine Laporte:

-Using high resolution imagery to track vegetation responses to climate change in the Alaskan Arctic, Woods Hole Research Center, Scott Goetz:

-Application of GIS and RS for Mitigating Impact of Climate Change in Himalayas, Mahesh Pathak, SCGIS Nepal.



              Panel Discussion
       1050  Climate Change GIS in the Federal Government                                 Room 31 C

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