Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Free Online Seminar

Date & Time: May 31, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) GIS Division in partnership with the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) would like to invite our members to attend the following seminar in the 2013 series.

Title: Approaches, Techniques, and Considerations for Land Use/Land Cover Change Mapping

Abstract: The Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) produces a nationally standardized database of land cover and land change information for the coastal regions of the U.S. C-CAP products provide inventories of coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands with the goal of monitoring these habitats by updating the land cover maps every five years. C-CAP products are developed using multiple dates of remotely sensed imagery and consist of raster-based land cover maps for each date of analysis, as well as a file that highlights what changes have occurred between these dates and where the changes were located.

About the Speaker: John McCombs is a senior image analyst with The Baldwin Group on contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. He received a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, and further classes and graduate education at Mississippi State University in Forestry and Remote Sensing (6 years at MSU). While at Virginia Tech McCombs helped created the land cover map for the Virginia GAP analysis program and also focused on creating custom topographic factor maps to assist in land cover classification. At Mississippi State he helped establish and run two remote sensing labs. In 2003 he took over as project lead for the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) at the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Over the past 10 years McCombs has overseen the creation of three eras of coastal land cover (1996, 2001, and 2006) for the U.S., including several regions with additional dates. He is currently leading the creation of the 2010 update.

On-line Registration:

Note: Space for the seminar is limited so make sure to register early and log in early so you get a spot.

If you are unable to attend the live seminar, a recording will be posted at several days after the seminar.

Questions, Contact: David Alvarez, PCM, GISP
GIS Division Director (ASPRS)
davidalvarez76 (at) gmail (dot) com

Submit Your Abstract for the CaGIS/ASPRS Conference

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended!!
CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference
October 27 - 31, 2013 * San Antonio, Texas USA
Click HERE to Submit Your Abstracts Online

**** DEADLINE EXTENDED To May 31st ***
The conference theme "Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community" asks the critical emergency preparedness questions:
  • Where did the event occur?
  • Where are people in relation to the event?
  • How fast/far/in what direction is the event moving?
  • Where and by what route can people (and animals, supplies, relief workers, and aid) come into or leave the area of an event?
The critical component necessary to answer all of these questions is accurate and current geospatial information. And that’s why we need YOU!

Relevant Topic Areas for Abstracts: This conference will explore the wide range of tools, technology, and applications employed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies of local, national, and global scales.
  • Humanitarian GIS/volunteered geographic information/citizen science/social media
  • The role of commercial, licensed imagery and data in emergency response
  • GIS preparedness from a community, national, and international perspective (city/county government; national (DHS, NGA); Red Cross, OSM, Tsunami Warning System, Global Seismic Network)
  • Emergency Response applications/examples – what works, what doesn't
  • The role of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in emergency response.
  • The role of sensor networks in emergency detection and response (GEOSS)
  • Is there still a role for a paper map? What maps are people using in the field in emergency response situations?
  • Coordinate systems and emergency response: where am I?
  • Visual analytic solutions for preparing and responding to emergencies
For a complete list of the relevant topic and categories, please visit the Conference Web Site here.

CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference
October 27 - 31, 2013 * San Antonio, Texas USA
Submission Deadline Extended: May 31, 2013

USGIF Tech Day

USGIF Tech Day - Free Training - No Travel Required

As part of GEOINT Community Week, USGIF Tech Day features nearly 20 professional development, education, and training offerings this year, as well as more than 50 exhibiting organizations and a networking reception. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Power plant crowd sourcing

Let’s play a game! Try to locate power plants around the world!

My professor, Dr. Kevin Robert Gurney, from Arizona State University is launching a "crowd-sourcing" website, called Ventus (latin word for wind). He is collecting the information on all the world's power plants (location, emission, generation, fuel, etc). His research focus is CO2 emissions and geolocation. It is structured as a game and a winner will be deemed who provides the most useable information after the first year. This information will be used in his global fossil fuel emissions work, a piece of carbon cycle and climate science research.

You can be the winner! Please check out these websites:

P.S. Not sure what Dr. Gurney has decided for the prize. But I am sure it will be something good.

Risa Patarasuk
Postdoc Research Associate
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University

Banff Multi-Temp 2013

Multi-Temp 2013: The 7th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images

Join us at MultiTemp 2013 for outstanding world‐class science, set in spectacular Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

25‐27 June 2013 Banff Alberta Canada

REGISTRATION: Early-bird rates are available through 31 May 2013 at:

For more information visit:

Further information is also on the conference website, above.

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Questions, Contact: Ross Lunetta at: Lunetta (dot) Ross (at) epa (dot) gov

Monday, 13 May 2013

Apply NOW for a Position on the ASPRS Student Advisory Council

Dear ASPRS Student Member,

You are invited to apply for one of the available positions on the ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC). Position descriptions are available online at We are looking for candidates for the following positions:

  • Deputy Chair
  • Deputy Education and Professional Development Councilor
  • Deputy Communications Councilor
  • Deputy Networking Councilor
SAC is comprised of the following positions:
  • Chair (1 year term)
  • Deputy Chair (1 year term, then moves up to Chair position for 1 year)
  • Educational and Professional Development Councilor (1 year term) 
  • Deputy Educational and Professional Development Councilor (1 year term, then moves up to councilor position) 
  • Communications Councilor (1 year term) 
  • Deputy Communications Councilor(1 year term, then moves up to councilor position) 
  • Networking Councilor (1 year term)
  • Deputy Networking Councilor (1 year term, then moves up to councilor position)
All specified term lengths are the minimums required for that specific position. Term begin on July 1 each year. In addition to assigned responsibilities, you must be able to attend the ASPRS Annual Conference and the majority of SAC teleconferences which are held once a month.

There are perks to being selected as a SAC councilor:
  • You will automatically be granted a Student Assistant Position for the ASPRS Annual and Fall Specialty Conferences. This means complimentary full Student conference registration, complimentary accommodations, and a $100 stipend at the end of each conference week.
  • You will gain experience planning conference sessions and activities, as well as marketing student activities through social media and print
  • You will network and work with industry leaders
The Council plays an important role in student involvement within ASPRS, so we hope you will join us! If you are interested, please fill out the online application and send it, and supporting documentation, to Kim Tilley at kimt (at) asprs (dot) org by June 17th. Please email me if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Thank you,

Adam Benjamin
Chair, ASPRS Student Advisory Council Email: abenjamin1 (at) ufl (dot) edu

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

ASPRS Student Member Survey Extended

Dear ASPRS student member,

The ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC) would like to thank those of you who have already filled out our online survey. Your feed back is very valuable for us. If you did not get a chance to complete the survey, you can still do that until this Friday, May 10, 2013.

Thank you for your time!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sign up now for the May 16th Accuracy Assessment Webinar

Upcoming Workshops in the ASPRS Webinar Series:
Check out the list of webinars we have lined up for you this year.

Assessing the Accuracy of GIS Information Created from Remotely Sensed Data: Principles and Practices
Registration Deadline: May 14, 2013
Webinar date: May 16
Instructors: Dr. Russell G. Congalton and Kass Green
Course description
Don’t miss the opportunity to take this highly rated webinar which is offered infrequently due to speaker availability.
Price: ASPRS members = $200, Nonmembers = $350, ASPRS Student Members = $100
The webinar is 4 hours total, offered in two 2-hour segments.
Thursday, May 16 – 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
(You must attend BOTH segments to qualify for CEUs)

Object-Based Image Analysis
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013
Webinar date: June 4
Instructors: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne and Keith Pelletier
Course description
Price: ASPRS members = $200, Nonmembers = $350, ASPRS Student Members = $100

For complete information on these Webinar Workshops, go to The online Registration forms for these workshops are available immediately. Don’t wait; sign up today. If you have any problems with the registration, please contact the Meeting Registrar at

NOTE: ASPRS Webinars are intended for the sole use and benefit of those registered to take the Workshop. That means that Each Person who attends a Webinar is required to register. Attending a webinar without registering is an ethical violation.

ASPRS Sustaining Member companies who have multiple employees who want to take the webinar at the same time should contact Kim Tilley at for information on quantity discounts.

Friday, 3 May 2013

ASPRS Student Member Survey -- SAC Needs Your Input

Dear ASPRS Student Member,

The Student Advisory Council would appreciate it if you would take some time to complete a survey that will better help us address your needs as a student member.

Go to to complete the survey. I encourage you to fill it out right away, but please try to complete it by next Wednesday, May 8th.

Thank you for your time.


Adam Benjamin
Chair, ASPRS Student Advisory Council