Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Discovering the World Through GIS

GIS Day November 15, 2017

What links place, time, people, and their environments? GEOGRAPHY!!

The Geography program at OSU will be celebrating GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK and GIS DAY on Wednesday, November 15 with numerous activities throughout the day that highlight the importance of Geography in understanding our dynamic human-environment relationship. Join us as we explore these relationships through the OmniGlobe, Augmented Reality Sandbox and Virtual Reality as well as focused talks and workshops.

See the detailed schedule below:

9 AM - 5 PM (excluding 1:45 - 3:15 PM)OMNI GLOBE demo
LINC FOYERExplore animations of numerous natural global systems and events, such as the ENSO and tsunamis; as well as human influences on our global systems through the mesmerizing OMNIglobe - a 32” spherical projection system.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PMVirtual Reality demoWilkinson 203

Bo Zhao, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geospatial Science; along with Jared Ritchey & Chunxue Xu

Get hands-on experience with some of the newest virtual reality gear. Learn how this technology allows us to remotely experience the earth’s physical landscape in a whole new way. Using applications, such as Google Earth VR Edition, you can be transported anywhere in the world. Come and see for yourself what it feels like to fly above the streets of Paris!

12:00 - 1:00 PMPIZZA LUNCHWilkinson 203Free Pizza lunch for all GIS volunteers and participants
1:00 - 1:30 PMRefugee camp study with Google Earth Engine presentationGAZE (Strand 361)Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geospatial Science

The Refugee Archipelago: Enviro-climatic marginality of 922 refugee camps measured using Earth Engine

Do refugee camps tend to be built in areas that are marginalized by environment, climate, or geography? This presentation answers this question by analyzing satellite imagery at 922 global refugee camps using Google Earth Engine. This systematic assessment of camp conditions highlights the need for a deeper recognition of environmental and climatic vulnerabilities faced by nearly 23 million global refugee population.

1:30 - 2:30 PMEarth Engine WorkshopGAZE (Strand 361)

Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geospatial Science

Google Earth Engine workshop

Google Earth Engine offers the means for global-scale analysis of environmental and climatic conditions from the comfort of your laptop computer. This 1-hour workshop will introduce participants to using Google Earth Engine and will cover fundamentals of using the Javascript API, accessing specific satellite image datasets, performing basic image analysis, and producing cartographic visualizations and derived maps. No prior programming or image analysis experience is necessary though participants must 1) bring their own laptop to the workshop, and 2) sign-up for an Earth Engine account at https://signup.earthengine.google.com/ by November 11th at the latest. Please contact Jamon Van Den Hoek vandenhj@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

2:30 - 3:00 PMRemote Sensing presentationGAZE (Strand 361)

Anne Nolin, Professor, Geography and Geospatial Science

We are the first generation to ever see our planet from space! Come see some of the beautiful and changing places on our planet. View our world using spaceborne sensors that extend our visual capabilities. This thirty minute session will give you a whole new way of seeing the Earth.

3:00 - 3:30 PMURISA GISCORPS presentationGAZE (Strand 361)

German Whitley , URISA GISCORPS volunteer

URISA’s GISCorps (www.giscorps.org) coordinates short term volunteer GIS services to underserved communities worldwide. Since its inception in October 2003, the Corps has attracted +/- 5,000 volunteers from over 100 countries. To date, GISCorps has deployed 1,500 volunteers to 212 missions in 66 countries. These volunteers have contributed over 60,000 working hours in disaster and non-disaster response missions. Find out more about how to get involved!

3:30 - 5:00 PMSandbox demoGAZE (Strand 361)Come play with sand in our augmented reality sandbox where you can mold a landscape with your hands and have the resulting topography augmented in real time with elevational color, contour lines and simulated water.