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Integrating FOSS into GIScience Research and Curricula
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Category: Webinars

At the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University, we develop innovative software, applications, and educational materials for open source geospatial analytics and GIS with a special focus on environmental modeling, geovisualization, space-time simulations, and multi-temporal LiDAR data analysis. With open source geospatial tools, we investigate environmental assessment and sustainable land management applications, study the dynamics and vulnerability of coastal regions to investigate the impact of land use change on soil erosion and deposition, and identify locations with high solar energy potential. We also explore new techniques for interacting with geospatial data, such as tangible geospatial modeling, which when coupled with GRASS GIS supports collaboration, decision-making, and education. Free and open source software ensures the freedom to use our tools for any purpose, to review and change the underlying algorithms, and to share the tools with the research community and general public.

Presenter: Dr. Helena Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a faculty fellow with the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC. She is a charter member of the OSGeo foundation and a recipient of the Sol Katz award for exceptional Open Source Geospatial community service the Biennial Medal from IEMSS for outstanding contributions to environmental modeling. She has co-authored more than 100 publications on geospatial modeling, terrain analysis, and visualization, including the first book on Open Source GRASS GIS. Her current research includes tangible landscapes, simulations of landscape processes and analysis of lidar and 3D UAS data time series. She serves on editorial boards of Computers and Geosciences, Geomorphology, Transactions in GIS. She has developed unique graduate courses based on combined open source and proprietary software offered through the Center of Geospatial Analytics.

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