ESRI Conservation Track & Hall Program, 2009

at the ESRI 2009 Int'l GIS User Conference, San Diego, July 13-17

Mahesh Pathak, survey of bank cutting at Jalad Khola, Nepal
Layout of Conservation Hall Exhibits. Click for full rez


General Hours
Monday 7/13      3:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7/14      8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wed       7/15      8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday 7/16     8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.


Trust for Public Land: New technologies for Greenprinting.

Conservation Biology Institute: The Data Basin Project

Natureserve: Landscope Project

San Diego Archaeological Center



Conservation Hall Theater 1

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . MODERATOR
Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council
TITLE: Soil-moisture accounting for groundwater recharge: Ground-water
augmentation model
ABSTRACT: In cooperation with partners involved in our Water
Augmentation Study, the GWAM was developed by USBR and LASGRWC. The model
utilizes GIS and related technologies to perform a soil-moisture accounting
to estimate groundwater recharge. Both baseline conditions and potential
groundwater recharge augmentation projects can be modeled.

Tehama County Resource Conservation District
TITLE: Building GIS Models for Landscape Metrics
ABSTRACT: How to use Model Builder with publicly available datasets to program models that can used and re-used at different watershed scales for analysis and comparison between watersheds. This presentation would be intended for beginning users in the conservation arena.

Sonoma Ecology Center
Title: "The Sonoma Ecology Center GIS and Information Services Program"
*Give Small Demo[CFDM]?: give an informal 15-30 minute
"GEOWEED: An Application Developed in ArcPad for Mapping and Monitoring Invasive Plants"


Tuesday, July 14, 9:45 AM–10:15 AM. . . MODERATOR
San Diego Archaeological Center
TITLE: Project Archaeology
ABSTRACT: Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster
understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science
education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our
archaeological legacy.  Project Archaeology is a comprehensive archaeology and
heritage education program for everyone.  Project Archaeology teaches
scientific inquiry, citizenship, personal ethics, character, and cultural
understanding.  This curriculum is an excellent way to promote cultural
awareness and sensitivity, which leads to an understanding of multicultural
perspectives.  The San Diego Archaeological Center has provided Project
Archaeology programs to over 17,000 students in the past six years. 


Tuesday, July 14, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM. . . MODERATOR
    -Techsoup Global & ESRI:
Report on the guidelines, status and operation of the new Techsoup Global/ESRI collaboration for GIS grants to any type of nonprofit organization.

    -Urban Strategies Council: Steve Spiker ,
Title: "Social Justice goes Geospatial - Looking at data in new ways"


Tuesday, July 14, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -Conservation Biology Institute & ESRI:
The Data Basin Project, conservation data collaboration on the ArcGIS Online platform

The Landscope America Project for Conservation Communities

    -Irvine Ranch Conservancy:
TITLE: Camera trap study: human access VS animal behavior and fire  impact on animal behavior.      ABSTRACT: To find an optimum access strategy that can provides human access to wildland while protecting the wildlife based on camera trap study.


Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM. . . MODERATOR
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: GIS in International Wildlife Conservation
The Society for Conservation GIS has an active scholarship program supporting wildlife conservation worldwide. Come hear from our 2009 scholars about how they are using GIS to understand and protect endangered species all around the world.

Alejandro Javier Gatto Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
Title: Foraging areas of Cayenne, Royal and South American terns breeding in northern Patagonia, Argentina

Bashyal Dhruba Sharma Bird Education Society Nepal ?
Title: GIS application for bird conservation In Nepal

Barnerd Kasoine Lesowapir Save the Elephants, Kenya ?
Impact of African Elephants (Loxodonta Africana) on the riparian vegetation in Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya.


Tuesday, July 14, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM. . . MODERATOR
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: GIS in International Forest and Environment Issues
The Society for Conservation GIS also supports work in forest conservation globally. Come hear from our 2009 scholars about how GIS is used for forest restoration, protection and economic impacts on indigenous communities.

Ilona Zhuravleva Greenpeace Russia
Title: Mapping and Monitoring Central and North European Russia Forests by Remote Sensing.

Hultera Harapan Rainforest, Indonesia

Kail Zingapan Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, Inc. (PAFID)
Title: Economic Valuation of Agricultural Production vis-á-vis Large-scale Mining in Bgy. Paquet, Kasibu Municipality, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

Tuesday, July 14, 4:30 PM–5:00 PM. . .
    -Craighead Institute for Landscape Ecology & ESRI:
Conservation Planning from the bottom up: a practical guide to tools and techniques for the twenty-first century. Report on a new textbook being developed for Conservation GIS practicioners


Conservation Hall Theater 2: Climate Change

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR
   -SCGIS Scholars prep & practice sessions

Tuesday, July 14, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . MODERATOR
   -SCGIS Scholars prep & practice sessions

Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR

Tuesday, July 14, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . MODERATOR

ESRI Lecture Hall # 32A Climate Change Track

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR
    -GIS and Policy Making I
The costs, benefits, limitations, tradeoffs, and uncertainties associated with climate change options and strategies are challenging decision makers at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Explore what action-oriented information is useful for senior managers in different sectors to respond most effectively to climate change issues including short-term actions, long-term strategies, scientific and technological advances, and overcoming major impediments. Discussions include the human dimension of climate change—its effects on food supply, public health, and the environment.

Panel Members Presentations -
- Dr. Jerry Johnston - EPA (YES)
- Jason Hyon, JPL/NASA (YES)
- Dr. Gary Richards, Australian Climate Board (SES) (COMP PASS)
- Lynne Barker, ICLEI (COMP PASS)
Moderator: Jim Geringer
WRITER: Barbara Shields


Tuesday, July 14, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . MODERATOR Jim Geringer
    -GIS and Policy Making II
The costs, benefits, limitations, tradeoffs, and uncertainties associated with climate change options and strategies are challenging decision makers at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Explore what action-oriented information is useful for senior managers in different sectors to respond most effectively to climate change issues including short-term actions, long-term strategies, scientific and technological advances, and overcoming major impediments. Discussions include the human dimension of climate change—its effects on food supply, public health, and the environment.

Panel Members Presentations -
- Dr. Jerry Johnston - EPA (YES)
- Jason Hyon, JPL/NASA (YES)
- Dr. Gary Richards, Australian Climate Board (SES) (COMP PASS)
- Lynne Barker, ICLEI (COMP PASS)
Moderator: Jim Geringer
WRITER: Barbara Shields


Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR
    -Local Climate Action Plans
Cities, counties, and other local governments carrying out the local action plan accomplish this through a variety of software tools. This session will present recent local government projects that implement spatial tools for the siting of renewable energy resources as well as to measure and monitor greenhouse gas reduction at the community, neighborhood, and street levels.

UC1826 - Chandra Krout, City of Irvine (YES)
UC1825 - Dr. Noah Goldstein, CTG Energetics (YES)
UC1824 - Chris Gray, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants (YES)

Moderator: Alex Wernher (Jon Harrison)


Tuesday, July 14, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . Moderator: Jon Harrison
    -Climate Change Project Planning and Implementation
Explore approaches and tools for seeking consulting and programming support for implementing a climate change project. Learn about considerations for how to describe your project needs in a proposal request, available data models and application templates upon which solutions can be based, and lessons learned from project implementations.

[UC1805] - Mark Greninger - The LA County Solar Mappi ... (YES)
[UC1013] - Abhilasha Wadhwa - Baselining CO2 Emissions ...(YES)
UC pending #)"Building a Global Adaptation Atlas: Setting Geographic Priorities for Funding Adaptation to Climate Change"
Shalini Vajjhala (Resources for the Future), Nisha Krishnan, Janet Nackoney (University of Maryland), and Dan Spadaro

Moderator: Jon Harrison


ESRI Lecture Hall # 32B Ecology and Conservation Track

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . Moderator: Veronica Rojas
   -GIS for Conservation Science
Citizen Science is a generic name given to the different ways that volunteers and citizens can contribute to scientific data of all kinds. Ranging from birdwatchers to water quality testing, there are thousands of opportunities and online GIS is playing an increasingly important role in the management, understanding and support of citizen science efforts

PAPER # UC1584
AUTHOR: Danielle Conboy, The Nature Conservancy
TITLE: WebMapping at The Nature Conservancy
The Conservation Science Group at TNC is working to open up access to core conservation data using map services and web mapping applications. We will demonstrate current efforts and illustrate via examples how this adds value to TNC conservation science efforts.

PAPER # UC1795
AUTHOR: William Bajjali
William Bajjali, Ph.D. is an associate professor at University of Wisconsin-Superior. He is a hydrogeologist and GIS expert.
TITLE: Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology using GIS Technique at Kimmes Tobin
A study of the water chemistry and distribution of aquatic plants in 14 ponds in the Kimmes Tobin wetland in Douglas County, Wisconsin revealed that a great variety of aquatic plants have colonized these shallow man-made ponds. The chemistry of the pond water differs from that of the source water which comes from rain and surface runoff. The pond water shows a shift from calcium to magnesium as the dominant cation. This shift is attributed to the interaction between aquatic plant roots, microorganisms, and red clay that dominates the bottom of the ponds. Nitrate concentrations have also been modified due to the adsorption of NO3- by the plants. The pH of the pond water has increased and be classified as hyperalkaline. The GIS have been an excellent tool for studying the spatial distribution of aquatic plants in the ponds and creating DEM applying IDW and Kriging techniques.

AUTHOR: Andrew Fisher : Andrew Fisher is a wildlife biologist who recieved his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis.
TITLE: Distribution of Least Bell's Vireo in Border Field State Park
For the past three years EDAW, Inc. biologists have conducted surveys to determine the presence/absence, spatial distribution of territories, and territory size of the federally and California state endangered least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus; LBV) within Border Field State Park. This park lies adjacent to the U.S./Mexico border in southwestern San Diego County. LBV surveys were conducted to monitor the effects of habitat based mitigation for the Goat Canyon Enhancement Project. This project involved the construction and operation of a diversion structure to divert sediment flowing from Mexico into California during rainfall events. Standard spot-mapping techniques were used to collect demographic and territory data on LBV from 2006-2008 to determine the use of restored habitat as mitigation for the Goat Canyon Enhancement Project. These surveys utilized mobile GIS, ArcGIS, and statistical analysis to monitor the LBV population and spatial distribution across restored and nonrestored areas within the park.
Paper Presentation


Tuesday, July 14, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . Moderator: Canserina Kurnia
    -GIS for Species Modeling
GIS is increasingly important for advanced scientific techniques involving species survival and management, with predictive models for understanding and managing ecosystems. These papers show how GIS is being used at the cutting edge of scientific and analytical techniques.

PAPER # UC1538
AUTHOR: Dawn Lemke : PhD Candidate, Biomathematics Research Centre, Canterbury University, New Zealand
TITLE: Integrating GIS and Statistical Modeling in Assessing Invasive Plants
As our impacts on the landscape changes the composition of 'natural' areas, it is important that we integrate spatial technology to assist in active management. This research explores the integration of GIS and remote sensing with statistical analysis to assist in species distribution modeling. It is applicable to both native and non native communities and has the ability to assist land managers in identifying both areas of importance and areas of threat. It has been suggested that Maximum Entropy models can better assess possible species distribution, while logistic regression is more representative of the current species distribution. This presentation discusses the application of these models in association with GIS in application to modeling non native species in the Cumberland Plateau and Mountain Region.

AUTHOR: Lisa LaCivita : Ecologist/geographer/educator: My degrees include Parks and Recreation, Land Surveying, Engineering Technology, Geographic & Cartographic Sciences, Environmental Science & Policy.
TITLE: Geo-referencing Primary Type Mollusks for the Smithsonian Institution
This unique opportunity to contribute to science, contains great geography lessons, context and complexities. What are best practices for geo-referencing? Can they be applied to legacy data? Why geo-reference Primary Type Mollusks and what is involved? How does our current suite of techno-tools change the dynamic of geo-referencing? Can projects of this type be brought to the “classroom” to further ecological and geographic education?
The presenter believes that there exists tremendous potential for supporting educational initiatives, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and SOL (standards of learning), by utilizing the Smithsonian’s collections. This session will explain the geo-referencing initiative, explore the possibilities and seek dialogue and involvement from the GIS community.

PAPER # UC1461
AUTHOR: Tony McKinney
TITLE: Monitoring a Rare Desert Sand Dune Species: A Success Story
We utilized ArcInfo and ArcMAP for project design and analysis and GPS for field mapping and navigation to assess the density, abundance, and distribution of Peirson’s milk-vetch (Astragalus magdalenae var. peirsonii), a threatened plant in the Algodones Dunes of Imperial County, California, that has been the focus of Dune Use versus Dune Preservation litigation for the past few years. Our focus was to asses the status of this plant which has a life history that overlaps peak OHV use in the dunes, and to use this information to build a management program covering the dunes. We sampled 123,488 cells as the base to select 750 seed bank cells. Sample plots were re-visited to predict distribution and trend analysis. We present our overall results, discuss the importance of GPS to collect field data in this barren landscape, and the utility of spatial analysis to support land management decisions.

Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . Moderator: Canserina Kurnia
    -GIS in Urban Landscapes
GIS is an critical tool to inventory and understand natural systems that exist within or at the borders of urban areas. Advanced analytical techniques help differentiate natural from artifical process, and help to predict the trends and future survival of these all important patches of the natural environment.

PAPER # UC1516
AUTHOR: Jacquelyn Bjorkman
TITLE: Landscape Change in the Bay Area
By the year 2030, it is estimated that 60% of the world population will be living in urban areas, with over 8 million people expected to live in the San Francisco Bay area alone. What impact will this growth have on our landscape?

The Wieslander VTM Project provides a detailed view of the historic landscape of the Bay area from the 1930s. Using historic vegetation maps in conjunction with current urban footprints of the Bay area, we can assess which landscape types have been lost to urban use. Furthermore, using a projected future urban footprint from the land-use model UPlan in conjunction with current vegetation maps, we can also assess which landscape types will be impacted by future development.

Through awareness of how urban areas affect our natural landscape, we can begin to mitigate the negative effects of development and restore the landscape to its pre-altered state.


PAPER # UC1178
AUTHOR: Terry Chapman : Terry has fourteen years of GIS experience. His background in GIS supports his interest in analyzing and protecting the natural environment.
TITLE: GIS Application in Evaluating and Reporting on Watershed Health
Established in 1947, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is one of 36 non-profit watershed based conservation authorities within the province of Ontario Canada, and is responsible to 17 local municipalities. For 60 years the UTRCA has been working with local communities to ensure conservation, restoration and responsible management of water and land in a highly developed part of Southern Ontario facing pressure from urban and rural land uses.

UTRCA Watershed report cards were produced in 2001 and 2007 using a provincial indicator grading system to report on vast amounts of data and provide an understanding of subwatershed health over time. GIS is the primary tool used to develop and effectively present report card data. Data collection, update and analysis will be the focus of this presentation demonstrating the ability to “turn information into action” using a concise and easy to use state of the environment reporting format.


PAPER # UC1052
AUTHOR: Nikola Samardzija
TITLE: Using Spatial Data in Establishing Suitable Species for Tree Alleys
The city of Zagreb has the spatial data warehousing of greenery among which significant place belongs to trees. There are 150 000 trees on the public land in Zagreb. Using the spatial data warehousing we established the area of 5 m from the tram line and singled out 1368 trees.
These trees have special growth conditions, similar to tree alleys, and are subjected to regular pruning. Various tree species tolerate differently regular pruning. Trees which do not tolerate regular pruning experience stress and will in time weaken and wither.
Our goal was to establish how many differrent species and trees are there, how are they allocated and how numerous are trees regarding the size of tree girth of particular species and altogether.
According to the received data we can expertly decide about the replacement of planted species with more suitable ones. In this way we can improve functional and visual quality of tree alleys.

Tuesday, July 14, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . MODERATOR
    -TBD \






- - -WEDNESDAY - - -

Conservation Hall Theater 1

Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR

Wednesday, July 15, 9:45 AM–10:15 AM
    -Conservation Biology Institute & ESRI:
The Data Basin Project, conservation data collaboration on the ArcGIS Online platform

Wednesday, July 15, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . MODERATOR
The Landscope America Project for Conservation Communities

   -Craighead Institute for Landscape Ecology & ESRI:
Conservation Planning from the bottom up: a practical guide to tools and techniques for the twenty-first century. Report on a new textbook being developed for Conservation GIS practicioners



Wednesday, July 15, 12 noon – 1:00 PM  Conservation GIS Theater1 . . . MODERATOR SCGIS

    -SCGIS Open Meeting


Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR Sasha Yumakaev
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: GIS in International Parks and Protected Areas
GIS capabilities and methods have an important role to play in many areas of park science and park management., ranging from species inventory to history to wetlands protection, as these 3 papers show.

Ashok Pathak : Society for Wetland and Biodiversity Conservation Nepal (WBC Nepal)
Title: Application of GIS for Conservation Awareness in the Protected Areas of Nepal

Yulia Kalashnikova : WWF Russia
Title: Development of Protected Areas Database of Russian Far Eastern Network

Cecilia Cronemberger de Faria : Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos
Spatialization of collection records from Serra dos Órgãos national Park, Brazil.

Wednesday, July 15, 2:450 PM–3:15 PM . . . MODERATOR Sasha Yumakaev
Pronatura Noroeste (PNO) and International Community Foundation
TITLE: Baja-Eco-Info Mapping Tool Phase 1: Mapping conservation and threats for La Paz and Loreto
ABSTRACT: The International Community Foundation, in collaboration with Pronatura Noroeste (PNO), San Diego State University's Department of Geography (Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou and Dr. Kathleen Farley) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Department of Urban Technologies and Information Systems will jointly develop a web based mapping product that will provide a full map of the Baja California peninsula and Gulf of California coastal areas (Sonora, Sinoloa, Nayarit, Jalisco) and islands/inlets with the ability to increase/decrease the resolution to focus at the local level. The proposed web mapping tool will be developed in three phases with a priority on those areas of highest biodiversity value (costal lagoons, estuaries, mangroves, salt marshes, rocky points, wetlands, riparian areas, and other environmentally sensitive habitats) which are threatened by potential development. Phase one will seek to leverage existing GIS maps developed as part of the Alternative Futures Study for La Paz undertaken by Harvard University and funded by ICF. During phase I, the MIT team, headed by Professor Michael Flaxman, will properly document all GIS meta data developed as part of the alternative futures study for external use and provide technology transfer and capacity building support on the use of these existing data bases.

Wednesday,July 15, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . MODERATOR
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: GIS and Wildlife in International Parks and Protected Areas
Wildlife protection takes place mainly within protected areas, which are under many threats from population pressure to climate change. GIS is an important tool to understand these threats and how to ensure that species can continue to survive in protected areas in spite of threats.

Buh Wung Gaston Limbe Botanic Garden

James Musinguzi Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Title: Determination of the ranging patterns of rescued chimpanzees using GPS points in Kibaale National Park, Western Uganda.

CANCELLED Fredrick Wanyama Uganda Wildlife Authority
Mammal surveys, monitoring and threats to Sites in protected area: the case study of Mt. Elgon and Kibale National Parks.

Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES),
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
  TITLE: A Marine Resource and Space Use Information System for the
Grenadine Islands (MarSIS): Community mapping exercises of marine
resources, livelihood and threatened areas
   ABSTRACT: Report of a series of community mapping exercises with
marine resource users in each of the nine inhabited Grenadine islands
over a three week period. Participatory mapping conducted in the form of
individual interviews with marine resource users. Participatory feedback
and evaluation techniques central to the MarSIS collaborative research
principles will be used for this validation exercise.


Conservation Hall Theater 2 Wed: Climate Change

Follow-On sessions are to allow for extended discussions of topics and issues raised in the formal Climate Change Sessions over in Room 32A. Interested parties are invited to adjourn to the Climate Change Theater in 20D following any Climate Change session they wish to discuss further

Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability 8:30-9:10
Presenter: Lynne Barker
Title: STAR Community Index – Local Governments Integrated Response to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
The STAR Community Index is a national, consensus-based framework for gauging the sustainability and livability of U.S. communities. STAR will be launched by 2010, and is currently being developed through a partnership between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Center for American Progress (CAP). Much as LEED™ transformed the building industry, STAR will transform the way local governments set priorities and implement policies and practices to improve their sustainability performance. It will become the definitive means by which local governments measure and “certify” their achievements.

-Conservation International 9:10-9:45
-Creating Potential Suitability Maps for Biofeedstock Crops using GIS
Presenter: Erica Ashkenazi
Those involved: Jenny Hewson, Marc Steininger, and Christine Dragisic
Abstract Conservation International is performing a global spatial analysis to identify potential cultivation zones for biofeedstock crops. The purpose of this analysis is to map areas that have the possibility to grow biofuel crops as defined by a set of climatic and environmental variables. These results are overlapped with biodiversity data and areas of high ecosystem service value to identify potential regions of conflict where biofuel crop expansion could yield negative impacts. The goal of the analysis is to assist in the sustainable expansion of areas used to grow the crops so as to minimize the potential negative impacts on biodiversity, and ecosystem services. We will achieve this by applying the environmental criteria necessary for sustainable biofuel production to the development of policy and industry standards. The crops in this study include cassava, eucalyptus, jatropha, oil palm, soy, sugarcane, and switchgrass. The process used to create these potential suitability maps using ArcGIS 9.2 will be illustrated. Future work, focused on the Amazon Basin analysis, will analyze regional-scale issues regarding biofuel production.

Wednesday, July 15, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -Conservation International
Title:                 Deforestation and Development: Can Guyana be benefit from REDD mechanism? A 2010-2040 projection study on carbon emissions                 
Presenter:         Fabiano Godoy, Tim Killeen, F. Godoy, M. Steininger
Abstract. Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 20% of global anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, making it the second largest contributor for climate change. The parties to the UNFCCC are considering policy approaches to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD). Countries with large carbon stock and high historical deforestation rate will have the greater financial return from REDD policies, Guyana on the other side has historical deforestation rate extraordinarily low and REDD revenues might be limited under some proposals. We modeled Guyana deforestation, between 1990-2040 and estimate the carbon emission, under four different scenarios: (1) Nostalgic past scenario: uses the historical deforestation patterns as a reference level and no major infrastructure systems are improved; (2) Timber, gold and cattle scenario: provides a perspective of future deforestation under development infrastructure improvement in a similar pace as happened in the other Amazonian regions; (3) Insufficient REDD scenario: assumes that Guyana government implements policies to avoid increases in the historical deforestation rates, however REDD revenues are likewise limited and are insufficient to protect the forest and therefore deforestation rate returns to a high level; (4) Effective REDD scenario: assumes that Guyana government implements REDD policies and the funding from REDD is enough to control forest conversion because the emission reductions are projected to a realistic reference scenario based on probable future development. The comparison of four scenarios demonstrates that relative small changes in deforestation rate can lead to a very large differences in carbon emission and the potentiality for generating REDD revenues. We estimated that Guyana would be able to avoid 1Gton of CO2 yearly.  Data preparation and analysis was conducted with ArcGIS 9.2; the scenario analyses were conducted using the Land Change Modeler tool, which has recently been made available as an ArcMap extension.


Wednesday, July 15, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR:
National Center for Conservation Science and Policy
Richard S. Nauman, Conservation Scientist
84 4th Street, Ashland, OR 97520
TITLE: Climate Futures Forums: Using Spatial Data to inform natural resource management
ABSTRACT: Modeling efforts associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have produced a series of large, spatially explicit datasets projecting future climatic conditions. The volume of information produced by these efforts coupled with the technical difficulty of accessing NetCDF format files and displaying them in a GIS environment has limited their incorporation into planning by both natural and human systems managers. We have developed Python scripts that use the built-in geoprocessing functionality of ArcGIS to access these files and produce output including basic variables such as temperature and precipitation as well as derived variables such as vegetation type and stream flow. We have used these scripts and data products to assist local communities planning for climate change. When incorporated into a facilitated series of forums, these data have proven valuable to natural resource managers and local communities creating climate change adaptation plans at the river basin scale.

Wednesday, July 15, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM
MODERATOR: Peter Eredics
-Clinton Conservation Initiative
Title: National Carbon Accounting System

Wednesday, July 15, 4:45 PM–6:00 PM


ESRI Lecture Hall # 32A Climate Change Track

Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM
    -Forest Carbon Monitoring and Accounting
As co-chairs of the Carbon Measurement Collaborative, Dr. James Baker from the Clinton Foundation and Dr. Gary Richards from the Government of Australia will share their expertise in forest carbon monitoring and accounting through a combined presentation and panel discussion. An expert team will focus on the development of a global land cover change monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) system critical for estimating emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) as well as provide the information required by the emerging carbon trading markets.

Panel Discussion
- Dr. James Baker, Clinton Foundation (SES) (YES) (COMP PASS)
- Dr. Gary Richards, Australian Department of Climate Change (SES) (YES) (COMP PASS)
- Dr. Fred Stolle, World Resources Institute(COMP PASS)
- Dr. Dennis Ojima, Heinz Foundation (COMP PASS)

Moderator: Mark Williams (for Peter Eredics)
WRITER: Nancy Sappington

Wednesday, July 15, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -Plants and Agriculture

Agriculture producers around the world are feeling the impact of climate change on a wide variety of plants and crops. Learn about new methods for monitoring, evaluating, and predicting the impact climate change has on the agriculture industry including plant disease outbreaks, predicting vegetation distribution, terrestrial carbon-fluxes, and evaluating the impact of Agroforestry systems on carbon sequestration.
[UC1479] - Sungho Choi - Predicting the Vegetation ... (Reg. on site, per Matt)
[UC1485] - Johnson Kosgei - Web-GIS for Managing Agro ...(YES)
[UC1034] - Benno Kleinhenz - Influence of Climate Chan ... (YES)
Moderator: Matt Bechdol
WRITER: Jim Baumann

Wednesday, July 15, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -Climate Change Special Interest Group Meeting Moderator: Robin Smith
The Climate Change Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held as an open meeting for all GIS users interested in the challenging and diverse topic of climate change. Have a chance to discuss some of the GIS and climate change sessions being held during the week and help guide the ESRI GIS Climate Change SIG that will continue to communicate the technological, scientific, and policy advances being made in this critical area.

Moderator: Robin Smith

Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR:

Wednesday, July 15, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM
Moderator: Robin Smith
    -Water Resource Management

Water resource managers face new and challenging issues related to the impact of climate change on the global water supply. Explore how GIS is used to improve decision making using research and advanced analytics to better understand the impact climate change has on our water resources including water quality, sediment and nutrient loads, flood risk potential, erosion potential, and drought. Also, investigate research activities related to the affects of topography and elevation on watershed precipitation and temperature.
[UC1763] - Stephanie Granger - Climate Change Impacts on ... (YES)
[UC1143] - Eric Anderson - Climate Change Impacts on ... (YES)
[UC1482] - Suna Kim - Spatial Patterns of Clima{So. Korea} ... (Not reg'd as of 6/30/09)
Moderator: Robin Smith
WRITER: Nancy Sappington

Wednesday, July 15, 4:45 PM–6:00 PM
    -Carbon Footprint Reduction Planning Moderator: Terry Martin
This practical session will investigate a variety of tools for planning carbon footprint reduction strategies. The newly created carbon data model will be presented to provide a starting point for analysis, visualization, auditing, and tracking changes over time. Other timely topics will also be discussed including how NOAA uses GIS to communicate and share climate data.

[UC1882] - Rich Baldwin - NOAA Climate Services Portal: Climate Data and Statistics (YES)
[UC1828] - Gary Moll; American Forests, Nature and the Human Network, A Strategy for Carbon Sequestration (YES)
[UC### pending] David Pimblott, EGL and Peter Stephens, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand; Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS): The New Zealand System (YES)
Moderator: Terry Martin
WRITER: Barbara Shields


ESRI Lecture Hall # 32B
Ecology and Conservation Track

Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR
   -Conservation Prioritization, Inventory and Assesment
Conservation is a race to identify the most important natural areas and species before they are destroyed by population pressure and short-sighted development. GIS is an important tool to both assess gaps in existing conservation landscapes as well as locate unprotected areas that are a priority for rescue.

PAPER # UC1305
AUTHOR: Jen Zhang : More than five years experience in GIS application for water resources protection and open space acquisition. Masters in Regional Planning and Geography
TITLE: A GIS Model to Identify Sensitive Natural Resources for Protection
GIS has been widely used in open space acquisition and critical natural resources inventory. The GIS-based model described in this article will help acquisition entities to decide what properties are high priorities for future acquisition because of critical environmental values and what critical environmental features located in each property. The model used percent of properties in critical areas and the property size as thresholds to determine which properties provide the highest value for preservation. The model will also help to control land development by clustering away from critical natural resource areas to ensure those sensitive critical environmental areas would not be developed, damaged or destroyed. Plus, preserved open space within the model will assist open space acquisition entities to avoid open space isolation and create continuous green corridors. The GIS model will also give interested organizations the flexibility to customize their own criteria based on their conservation priorities.


PAPER # UC1354
AUTHOR: Yingkui Li : Assistant Professor in Geography. Research interests: GIS and Spatial analysis, Using GIS in physical and environmental Geography issues.
TITLE: GIS Model to Rank Private Lands for Conservation Opportunity Areas
Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs) have been identified across Missouri as areas to maintain and restore rich and diverse natural heritages. The participation of private landowners within the COAs is critical to the success of the COAs, but little is known about their perspective. This project chose the Current and Eleven Point Hills COAs as the focused area and a GIS model (based on ArcGIS modelbuilder) was created to rank private land owners by multiple factors including size of parcel, percent forest cover, riparian corridor condition, proximity to public lands, and presence of heritage records. The model provided a visual and automated way to integrate various spatial data and perform spatial analyses. The distribution of the private lands and their relative importance were displayed to help guide private land contacts. The results will not only benefit work in this focused area, but also provide applications to other COAs.

PAPER # UC1229
AUTHOR: Mitchel Hannon : Mitchel is a GIS model implementor for TPL with a background in wildlife biology
TITLE: Public land acquisitions alignment with State Wildlife Action Plan Priorities
This study conducted by The Trust for Public Land and the Defenders of Wildife determines how how well public land acquisitions by federal, state, local and non-profit agencies between 1998-2007 are aligned with the priorities set out in each states' respective State Wildlife Action Plan. The study focused on 5 states: Oregon, Montana, New Hampshire, Florida and Missouri. This project required obtaining the dollars spent on each transaction, the source of those dollars and then delineating parcel level boundaries of each transaction made between those years. We then assessed how well these acquisitions served in protecting state wildlife priorities by year and level of government. Also reported are the costs associated with the acquisition of different landcover types in each state. The results will show if acquisitions have become more focused since the wildlife plans were released and which level of government has shown better alignment with those priorities.

Wednesday, July 15, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -GIS for Landscape Planning & Inventory
Conservation GIS programs exist within landscapes of biodiversity, human threats and human values. GIS is increasingly becoming critical in assessing and understanding the relationships and effects of these different forces across entire regions and landscapes. Here are 3 papers showing different techniques for understanding and managing the public, political and aesthetic values of landscapes.

PAPER # UC1390
AUTHOR: Douglas Miskowiak : Douglas Miskowiak is an Outreach Specialist at UW-Stevens Point. Douglas works with local communities to enhance public participation, build leadership skills, and improve local decision-making.
TITLE: Engaging a Lake Community to Prioritize Shore Land Resources
Who owns the Moose Lake Shorelines and how are they being managed? A small group of interested citizens and the Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust set out to utilize GIS to address questions like these. The results were surprising. An inventory of the shoreline revealed 22 miles of additional shoreline and over 20 ‘lost’ islands. Citizens inventoried and attached various indices as attributes to the near shoreline. These included: wildlife, aesthetic beauty, ecological integrity, development, aquatic macrophytes, woody structure, and invasive species.
The value of GIS to map shore land resources was clear: Shore land resources cannot be effectively managed without knowing what resources exists, their condition, and who owns them. Equipped with this information and ArcGIS these citizens have articulated the ecological and aesthetic significance of Moose Lake shoreline resources and developed an island protection strategy that is negotiating agreements with such actors as Excel Energy and the USFS.

PAPER # UC1403
AUTHOR: Matthew Stevenson : Matt Stevenson uses GIS to help non-profits and governments set priorities and track their progress in addressing regional conservation and development issues.
TITLE: The Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision
In early 2007, Chelan County established the Stemilt Partnership--a broad coalition of agriculture, wildlife, recreation, development, and conservation interests--in response to the proposed privatization of 2,500 acres of public land in the Stemilt basin owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Recognizing the critical role these lands play in providing water, habitat, and recreation to the growing local community, the Partnership, Chelan County and The Trust for Public Land worked with DNR to stop the sale and pursue an alternate approach: create a plan for the landscape based on the needs and wants of the community.

We used ArcGIS to integrate local knowledge and the best available scientific data to model critical areas for water storage, wildlife habitat, key recreation areas, agricultural lands, and potential development to create a conceptual plan for the watershed. The maps and analyses are included in the Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision report and website.

PAPER # UC1349
AUTHOR: Lars Brabyn : Senior Lecturer in GIS at Waikato University. His research interests are in mapping landscape experience, biogeography, and accessibility to outdoor recreation
TITLE: Visual Landscape Character Classification
The aesthetic values of landscape are a multi-billion dollar resource. To effectively manage this resource and the contentious issues sounding landscape change it is important to have a landscape classification. In 1996 the New Zealand Landscape Classification was released. This classification has now been reworked and a second version has been developed. The classification relies on GIS for automated feature recognition and generalisation. There are now a wide range of data sets that can be used in a landscape classification and the most important are the topographical and land-cover data sets. The landscape classification combines landform, land-cover, infrastructure, and the influence of water. To validate the classification, 3D visualisation is used. This paper demonstrates how the New Zealand Landscape Classification is assisting the Department of Conservation in their recreational planning.

Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR:

Wednesday, July 15, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM


Wednesday, July 15, 4:45 PM–6:00 PM


ESRI Lecture Hall: Parks and Natural Reserves Track

Modeling and Monitoring: The utility of geospatial analysis for impact analysis and decision support.

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM National Park Service - Brown Bag

Park and Open Space Planning and Design: Using geospatial tools to create an improved “picture" with applications at various scales.

Viewshed Analysis: Use of GIS in multi-scale landscape classification and land use planning.









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Conservation Hall Theater 1 THURSDAY

Thursday, July 16, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM MODERATOR: Peter Eredics
-Clinton Conservation Initiative
Title: National Carbon Accounting System

Thursday, July 16, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM

Thursday, July 16, 12 noon – 1:00 PM

Thursday, July 16, 3pm HALL CLOSES


Conservation Hall Theater 2: Climate Change

Thursday, July 16, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

Thursday, July 16, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM

Thursday, July 16 12 noon – 1:00 PM

Thursday, July 16, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Thursday, July 16, 3pm HALL CLOSES


ESRI Lecture Hall # 32A Climate Change Track

Thursday, July 16, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM
    -Carbon Profiles and Alternative Energy Moderator: Jon Harrison
This session will focus on determining the carbon footprint of California State University's Northridge campus. Using ArcGIS, the university analyzed power consumption, direct and indirect emissions resulting from power generation, stationary and mobile emissions resulting from student and employee commuting, and carbon sinks to calculate their carbon footprint. Also, learn how GIS software is used by Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry to better understand natural and social conditions in Asian countries to define food crops and primary forests for cellulosic biomass energy requirements.

UC1462 - Helen Cox - Carbon footprinting on the CSUN Campus Using ArcGIS (YES)
UC1159 - Masanao Iuchi - Development of the Biomass Energy Use Business . . .(YES)
Dr. Tim Krantz - Siting a Waste-to-Energy Facility Using GIS (YES)

Moderator: Jon Harrison
WRITER: Barbara Shields

Thursday, July 16, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -GIS and Renewable Energy Moderator: Chuck Roberts
Alternative Energy is an important part of our response to Global Climate Change. Where to site alternative energy sources, tracking existing projects, and the spatial relationships between alternative fuel sources and alternative fuel users are critical to successful implementation. GIS plays a key role in all three areas.
- NREL, Donna Heimiller: GIS-based Renewable Resource Supply Curves . . . - (YES)
- Stantec, Louie Greenwell: GIS – A Common Tool For Sustainable Wind Development (YES)
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Moderator: Chuck Roberts;
WRITER: Nancy Sappington

Thursday, July 16 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -SPOT "Planet Action" Grants Program Meeting
Moderator: Louis-François Guerre

Thursday, July 16, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM
    -Planet Action I Moderator: Louis-François Guerre


1. The Planet Action initiative: the Earth Observation and GIS communities fighting the climate crisis by Louis-Francois Guerre, coordinator of the Planet Action initiative at Spot Image

Louis-François Guerre graduated in physics from the University of Strasbourg and received an Executive Master of Business Administration from HEC in France. He joined Spot Image since 1991 and developed different activities such as radar SAR applications, international sales for satellite receiving stations and international partnerships with Asian space agencies. He is now coordinating the Planet Action initiative since the beginning of 2007 which has been officially launched mid-2007. Spot Image is a leading company operating earth observation satellites and distributing worldwide satellite imagery and geographic solutions. Spot Image has launched a non-profit initiative, Planet Action, to bring its contribution to the Climate Change environmental issues. Through this initiative, Spot Image provides satellite images to support local projects addressing climate change aspects to assist NGOs and decision makers. Other partners have joined the Planet Action initiative, such as ESRI (GIS technologies), or UNESCO to work on World Heritage sites impacted by climate change. Today, two years after having started, Planet Action, supports more than 120 local projects worldwide on deforestation, forest management certification, coral bleaching or biodiversity conservation.

2. UNESCO,  Mario Hernandez

3. Green Belt Movement,  Peter Ndunda

Peter Ndunda is a GIS Specialist at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Kenya. He grew up in Mitaboni in Eastern Kenya and studied geography at Moi University. It was there that Ndunda became inspired by the study of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a powerful tool for project planning and implementation and its application in solving environmental problems. Ndunda pursued a Master's of Science in GIS at the University of Redlands in California, and was invited to participate in the annual global convention of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). He later served as a geo-information consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC. In 2006, Mr. Ndunda returned to Kenya and joined the Green Belt Movement to establish a GIS lab for reforestation efforts in Kenya. Under his leadership and with the generous support of several partners, the GIS lab was successfully launched and equipped in 2007 with state-of-the-art tools for mapping GBM's work nationwide.
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) was founded by Dr. Wangari Maathai in 1977, as a development and community empowerment grassroots social movement comprised and led mainly by women. The movement promoted a bottom-up, holistic approach to development, a process that addresses basic needs and problems that communities identify as their priorities. GBM uses tree planting as an entry point for mobilizing community consciousness toward self-determination, equity, improved livelihood, securities and environmental conservation. In addition to making enormous contribution to restoration of degraded land in the vital watersheds and conservation of biodiversity, the project will make a significant contribution to solving the global climate change problems. This presentation will highlight some of the ongoing GBM climate change projects with the communities in Kenya.

4. WWF : Aurélie Shapiro is the remote sensing specialist at WWF-US, leading a number of GIS and Remote Sensing projects worldwide.

At the Planet Action session, WWF will provide an overview of several Planet Action projects, including an analysis relating to the sustainability of post-tsunami humanitarian efforts in Aceh, and the use of SPOT imagery in Tiger Conservation Landscapes in Asia.

Aurélie Shapiro is the remote sensing specialist at WWF-US, leading a number of GIS and Remote Sensing projects worldwide.   At the Planet Action session, WWF will provide an overview of several Planet Action projects, including an analysis relating to the sustainability of post-tsunami humanitarian efforts in Aceh, and the use of SPOT imagery in Tiger Conservation Landscapes in Asia. Areas of Expertise: Landscape Ecology, Remote sensing, applied GIS, spatial modeling, conservation planning.   Aurélie joined the Conservation Science Program in 2007. Her research centers on the use of satellite imagery for conservation in both terrestrial and marine environments in WWF's priority places. Aurélie was first exposed to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing during her undergraduate study, and applied these skills in her final semester abroad in the republic of Panama. During an internship with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, she worked on a project with the Panama Canal Commission processing satellite imagery to locate areas of deforestation in the canal watershed, which lead to sedimentation of canal locks and expensive dredging operations. During her graduate study, she continued her work in Panama, and completed a project prioritizing areas for conservation in and around the Parque Internacional La Amistad. She used GIS and satellite imagery to identify small-scale biodiversity hotspots — areas with many endemic species under high threat of deforestation. Aurélie then started her career in marine remote sensing at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), using various types of satellite imagery to map and monitor coral reefs in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as map land-based threats to marine environments. Aurélie holds a joint Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, in Canada and a Master's of Environmental Management, with a specialization in Landscape Ecology from Duke University.

5. Arnaldo Carneiro Filho,  Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Amazonian experiences: 1985-2007 researcher on the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA); coordinator of the SIGLAB (Spatial Analysis and Modelling Laboratory); and in 2008 Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)
Topics of Research: Landscape Ecology, GIS and Remote Sensing, Paleoecology, and Pedology

Projects: Strategic basis for use and management of natural resources in the Amazon, building scenarios for the future amazonia, GIS support for strategic decisions on conservation, impacts and natural resources; and RAISG – Rede Amazonica de Informações Socioambientais Georeferenciadas


Thursday, July 16, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM
    -    -Planet Action II Moderator: Louis-François Guerre


1. Everglades Foundation: Dr. Rosana Rivero has been responsible to implement a GIS/remote sensing program at the Everglades Foundation, one of the most important non-profit organizations in South Florida providing support to Everglades restoration efforts.

The Everglades region encompasses one of the most important wetland ecosystems in the world. Historically, it has been threatened by pressures from various sources: urban encroachment along its East boundary, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; agricultural development on the North boundary, and the construction of an extensive system of levees and canals that have caused major hydrological and ecological changes in the area. This presentation will cover a brief overview of these major changes that have been documented with the assistance of GIS and remote sensing technologies, along with the role that non-profit organizations have played in Everglades’s restoration, including major land acquisitions efforts in the Everglades Agricultural Area. 

Everglades Foundation: Dr. Rosanna Rivero has been responsible to implement a GIS/remote sensing program at the Everglades Foundation, one of the most important non-profit organizations in South Florida providing support to Everglades’ restoration efforts. Dr. Rivero has a Master´s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology, both from the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA.  Dr. Rivero is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where she worked with some of the large wetlands and floodplain systems of the Orinoco-Apure basin with the Ministry of Environment, and with also in private environmental consulting work. She came to the USA in 1998 with a Fulbright scholarship, and has been working in Everglades-related topics since 2003.


2. Pierre Duquesne, Brazil Spot Image

3. Wood Hole Research Center: Wayne Walker

4. Orang-Outan Foundation International (OFI): Nancy Briggs

Tanjung Puting National Park consists of over a million acres and is acknowledged as an official Biodiversity Reserve by the UNESCO. The changing eastern side of the park and the overall vegetation patterns within the park are the focus of this research because of its impact on orangutan habitat. Dr. Birute Galdikas started her studies in the Tanjung Puting Reserve in 1971 and subsequently she helped co-establish it as a park. This park boasts the largest wild population of orangutans in the world, in no small measure due to her continual presence studying and saving orangutans. With the recent help of Spot Image of France and the Planet Action, the Orangutan Foundation International OFI with its counterpart Yayorin Orangutan Foundation Indonesia, has studied the changing face of the reserve, now a park. Near the eastern side of the park, the tropical rainforest has been especially in danger with increasing palm oil plantations pushing the wildlife into smaller areas. The changes are striking and OFI is grateful to Spot Image, Planet Action, ESRI, and the Forestry Department of Indonesia, for the newest data analysis in 2008-2009.


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