SNAMP - the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project
- We're analyzing lidar data to characterize forest structure in the Sierra Nevada; with Qinghua Guo at UC Merced and Stefania DiTommasso, we have a series of papers published. Also, Shufei Lei and I have been investigating the role of the web in facilitating public participation in forest management. Our SNAMP website plays a key role.
- OakMapper is still cranking! I is over 10 years since we developed our prototype citizen science mapping toolbox for Sudden Oak Death. Currently we have several hundred SOD observations, a number of papers published, and a cool video at the California Academy of Sciences about the project. Shufei Lei continues to make improvements.
- Wetlands in California have always been dynamic and changeable landscapes, with sea level rise, urban and agricultural expansion, and conservation efforts often working at odds to pressure and preserve wetlands. What will happen to our wetlands with rising sea levels and changes in water salinity? How might efforts to restore wetlands for carbon storage succeed? And how can we measure, monitor and understand these landscape-scale changes to wetlands through remote sensing and spatial modeling? These and other questions continue to intrigue former Kellylabber Kristin Byrd, Jessica O'Connell and I.
- The central question of neighborhood-health research is whether contextual factors influence the choices and health of individuals beyond their individual predilections. Do neighborhoods exert a causal influence on health? With Barbara Laraia, Samuel Blanchard and I are looking at this question in our Our Space project through spatial analysis, and a new natural experiment focusing on the placement of new food stores in food-poor neighborhoods.
Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine
- As part of the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology (BiGCB), the GIF along with MVZ is developing a Berkeley EcoInformatics Engine a web-based platform needed to access, visualize, and analyze rich data, and provide the foundation for building the next generation of models of the biotic response to global change.
GIS @ Berkeley
- Need to know about GIS on campus? We're coordinating efforts across campus in terms of courses, opportunities and expertise. Good places to start are the GIF, and GIS@Berkeley.
Read about these exciting projects! Updated spring 2013.