Spatial@ucsb is committed to sharing its developments with professional organizations, researchers, teachers, students, and the general public. We can assist in the following ways:
• Provide contact information to UCSB experts in various areas of spatial analytic science and spatial thinking
• Help identify experts for commentary on news events from spatial and geographical perspectives
• Assistance with tours of UCSB research facilities related to spatial@ucsb
• Help identify appropriate speakers for presentations on spatial and geographical topics
Spatial@ucsb offers geo-spatial support to local-area and UCSB planners and policy makers seeking to integrate GIS and information-communication technologies for spatial analysis and planning to meet land use, environmental, transportation, and hazard-response/community-safety objectives.
Spatial@ucsb come in many forms—from geo-referenced coordinates and areal units on a map to diagrams and the coding of sound with musical notation. The sources of such data include, among many others, human creativity, the Census, trajectories of movements from GPS, and the social networks represented by online contacts. Problem solving in the science, business, and design disciplines, and aesthetic renderings in the arts increasingly make use of spatial visualization technologies to represent and interpret the patterns and processes that define natural and human worlds at scales ranging from the molecular to the astronomical. firstname.lastname@example.org brings together leading contributors to the art and science of visualization for demonstrations of applications and discussion. The Visualization of Spatial Data Plenary Session will feature presentations by Jason Dykes (School of Informatics, City University London), JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (Media Arts and Technology Program, UCSB), and Ross Whitaker (Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI), University of Utah).
On Thursday, June 6,2013, email@example.com hosted a Poster Session and Plenary Session on this theme. The event was held at Corwin Pavilion.
AGENDA FOR CIRGIS PORTION OF EVENT (also open to the public)
10:00AM CIRGIS Introduction, Zacharias Hunt
10:10AM New California Website and Resources, Mary Cook-Hurley
10:25AM Taking GIS onto the Cloud, Katja Krivoruchko
11:10AM Map and Imagery Laboratory, Heidi Binder-Vitti
11:20AM Announcement of the 2015 Aerial project and wrap-up, Zacharias Hunt
Spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, firstname.lastname@example.org, highlight the important contributions of spatial reasoning in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences, and in applications that serve societal needs. Sponsored by the Center for Spatial Studies, this annual poster session and plenary discussion, "Educating the Spatial Thinker," was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
email@example.com brought together educators and researchers from academia and practitioners from industry and government to share insights and experiences on the promotion of spatial literacy and its value to society. Plenary presentations and poster displays illustrated how spatial technologies and spatial reasoning facilitate learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; promote excellence in applied science; enhance creativity in the arts and humanities; and contribute to the informed appreciation of space and place in everyday life.
Spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, firstname.lastname@example.org, inviting the campus community, urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, and researchers, to view displays highlighting how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems. The event was held at Corwin Pavilion on Tuesday, June 2, 2011.
The theme for presentations, was Marine GIS. Tours and a plenary session highlighted the important contributions of geographic information systems (GIS) to the basic science of land-ocean environments, to the documentation of human impacts and ecological changes, and to the assessment of conflicting demands for habitat maintenance and restoration and human desires for recreation and economic opportunities. email@example.com has brought together marine and geographic information scientists, GIS users from public agencies and private firms, and students to share information about the use of spatial technologies to help study, understand, and make responsible decisions about central California’s marine environment.
Spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, firstname.lastname@example.org, inviting the campus community, urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, and researchers, to view displays highlighting how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems. The event was held at Corwin Pavilion on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
The theme for presentations, was "GIS for Disaster Planning and Response," featuring an introduction by Michael Goodchild (Department of Geography and spatial@ucsb) and presentations by Alan Glennon (spatial@ucsb, Grass Roots Crisis Mapping), Andrew Shroeder (Direct Relief International, The SB County SoVI Project), and Michael Harris (SB County Office of Emergency Services, GIS in Emergency Management in SB County).
The general public was also invited to the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) annual meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group. The day's event and activities wrapped up at 4:00 p.m. by Keith Clarke (Department of Geography).
Urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, researchers, were invited to prepare displays at Corwin Pavilion to highlight how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems. Tours of the AlloSphere were arranged in conjunction with this poster display, and the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) held its meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group.
With the theme of Connecting our Region through GIS and Geospatial Technologies, the 2008 inauguration of spatial@ucsb featured 59 posters from the departments of media arts and technology, computer science, environmental science, geography, and psychology on campus, and from various government agencies and consultants in the private sector displayed the use of spatial technologies to solve problems in their respective fields. Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) took advantage of this opportunity to convene its quarterly meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group at UCSB and then attend the inaugural ceremony. CIRGIS is a support group of GIS and planning professionals that meet regularly to share insights on geospatial solutions to local problems.
A mere 8 miles west of Goleta, California lies a monumental (and previously invisible) geospatial point of reference: 120 degrees west, or more simply put, 1/3 of the way around the earth. This longitudinal line is a major global point of reference for projection systems, serving as the dividing line between zones 10 and 11 in the Universal Transverse Mercator projection system. It also has the disadvantageous effect of being the dividing point between many local geospatial datasets. As such, this line has been a source of vexation for local GIS professionals and students who have had to spatially merge datasets divided by it. Rather than focus on the functional difficulties presented by the proximity to 120 degrees west, Dr. Michael Goodchild and the spatial@ucsb staff decided to locate, mark, and then celebrate this local geo-celebrity. Twenty robust revelers gathered on May 24, 2008 to permanently erect a plaque on the exact point that the 120th meridian crosses the south side of the historic Camino Real near US Highway 101 exit 116. The location, identified through a high-precision GPS survey done with the help of Dr. Douglas Burbank and doctoral candidate Brian Clarke (UCSB Earth Sciences), lies on private land; permission should be obtained before visiting this location. The spatial@ucsb research associates and staff thank Dr. Burbank, Brian Clark, Condor Precision Machining, and Santa Barbara Industrial Finishing for their help and support of this project.
Children today have few opportunities to freely explore open fields, meadows, creeks, woods, or even the neighborhoods in which they live. Unorganized and unsupervised exploration, however, teaches them spatial reasoning skills in geographic space-skills that cannot be learned by indoor play or passive vehicular movement. As more traditional outdoor activities have less and less place in children's daily routines, educators in K-12 and higher education face the challenge of teaching basic geographic principles that in the past were obtained as a matter of course by outdoor play and pensive observation of nature.
Although an initiative like spatial@ucsb cannot give back children’s freedom to roam the woods and fields freely, we are making a conscious effort to teach them both awareness of natural processes in the outdoors and technical skills of spatial literacy that help them record, interpret, and communicate those processes. In response to an initiative by Kate Eschelbach, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura, we are facilitating students’ hands-on learning experience by developing a lesson plan for 6th graders through collaboration with science teachers in two local schools in Guadalupe and Ventura. In addition to teaching about environmental topics (e.g., watersheds) and basic concepts of spatial literacy (e.g., scale), our goal is to encourage students to ask critical questions about the environment in which they live, and to teach them how to present their newly acquired knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment.
SCALE is beginning its third year of project work in 6th grade classrooms. During the previous two years, 6th grade students have been exposed to critical spatial thinking skills both in the classroom and out in the local environment. The classroom activities focus on spatial theory and techniques with local species, habitats, and land uses in their watershed as the theme for application. A field component allows the students to visit the areas they see on the maps to understand the connections between people, habitats, and wildlife, and to use spatial techniques first hand. The capstone of the curriculum is a final presentation where the students present both the data they collected and their findings about their research topic.
spatial@ucsb sees its involvement in this initiative as an opportunity to share the resources UCSB has to offer to the wider community, and to contribute to children’s heightened awareness of natural phenomena that can potentially lead to career development and citizen involvement.