CITRIS Research Exchange - Maggi Kelly

Seminar | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Mapping for Impact in a Changing California

About the Talk:

Many of the natural resource challenges we face today around food, water, equity, energy, invasive species, fire, climate change, biodiversity – are complex problems that impact diverse public groups across multiple scales - and they require a spatial approach to make an impact. Addressing these challenges requires innovative and resourceful data collection, data synthesis, novel analytical tools, and increased communication and cooperation between scientists and citizens.

As the rate of advance in geospatial technology continues to accelerate with new ways to collect and use spatial data, mapping is increasingly embedded in all aspects of natural resource management. In this talk I will present a few case studies from my work mapping California landscapes that highlight novel sources of spatial data (e.g. LiDAR, UAVs, historical archives) and analytical tools (e.g. ML), and showcase ways in which geospatial infrastructure can help promote public participation and impact.

About the Speaker:

Maggi Kelly is Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management department and affiliated Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley. Her group uses a range of geospatial data and analytics – from spatial modeling, remote sensing, drones, liDAR, historical archives, surveys, participatory mapping, and the field - to gain insights about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that change means for those who live on, use, and manage our lands. Her work enables interdisciplinary collaboration, data-rich analytics research, and active outreach across a number of scientific domains (forests, agriculture, wetlands, climate change) with significant societal impact. She is faculty director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility and Director of the ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS).

About CITRIS Research Exchange:

Launched in 2008, CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.


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