UCSB Geography Well-Represented at the AAG in Tampa


The Association of American Geographers (AAG) held its Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida, April 8-12, 2014, and featured over 4,500 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. The AAG annual meeting has been held every year since the association’s founding in 1904.

The UCSB Department of Geography was well-represented at this year’s meeting:

  • Graduate student Andrew Thorpe presented an illustrated paper titled “Mapping and quantifying methane emissions using airborne imaging spectroscopy” which took first place in the AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group Student Illustrated Paper Competition.
  • Graduate student Mike Alonzo presented “Mapping urban tree leaf area index (LAI) using high point density lidar.”
  • Graduate student Bo Romero chaired a session and presented research on the extraction of surface network features from digital elevation models: “A network of such features can provide compressed representation of important surface characteristics, potentially relating to flow. The relationships between the features can also be useful for the queries and surface analysis. Regarding feature extraction, the effects of varied resolutions, algorithms, and terrain types were evaluated.”
  • Professor David Lopez-Carr served as a plenary panelist for the “Human Dimensions of Global Change” specialty group and was a discussant for the session on Geographically Weighted Regression.
  • Professor Keith Clarke was awarded the CAGIS Lifetime Contribution Award (see the April 15 posting). Keith also chaired the paper sessions “Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing and Applications 1: General Introduction” and “Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing and Applications 5: Urban Dynamics,” and he was an organizer of seven other paper sessions.
  • Professor Helen Couclelis presented the 2014 Plenary Lecture of the AAG’s “Spatial Analysis and Modeling” group, titled “Ignorance in the Age of Information: Prediction and Uncertainty When the Numbers Just Aren’t There.” The lecture was followed by a reception.
  • Professors Krzysztof Janowicz and Werner Kuhn were panelists for the session on “Geospatial Ontology, Semantics, and Metadata III: GeoVocamp – A bottom-up and participatory method for developing lightweight geospatial vocabularies and ontologies.”
  • Professor Werner Kuhn was also a panelist for the session on “Visioning GIScience Education.”
  • Professor Emeritus Mike Goodchild was involved in 12 different events as session organizer, discussant, or panel member.
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Plenary session flyer for “Human Dimensions of Global Change”

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Keith Clarke receiving the The Cartography and Geographic Information Society Lifetime Contribution Award from Terry Slocum, Vice President of CAGIS