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Brandon Adams Presents CGR’s SHEP Web Map at the 2017 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California

The Center for Geospatial Research was represented at the 2017 User Conference that took place at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 10 – 14. CGR’s Brandon Adams presented the lab’s work at the convention on Thursday, June 13 in a session titled Environmental Monitoring. The 20-minute presentation provided attendees with an overview of how the lab is using GIS to visualize environmental monitoring data associated with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Brandon briefly described the lab’s role in the Environmental Monitoring Project and highlighted the ArcGIS Web Map App. A live demo of the map underscored the app’s informative and easy-to-use format. Particular attention was given to the app’s use of the time slider widget to visualize sturgeon tracking data and the app’s ability to visualize near-real time water quality data.

Mingshu Wang receives NSF EarthCube Career Travel Grant

Mingshu Wang was one of the nine recipients of the NSF EarthCube Early Career Travel Grant and attended the EarthCube All Hands Meeting in Seattle, WA, June 7-9, 2017. Earthcube is a growing community of scientists across all geoscience domains, as well as geoinformatics researchers and data scientists.

Mingshu Wang receives Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant and Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship

Mingshu Wang received the Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grants (IIRG) and the Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Graduate School of UGA in Summer 2017. While IIRG aims to support doctoral students who are conducting interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research; the Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship funds doctoral candidates to conduct their dissertation research. Mingshu will work on his dissertation chapter of polycentric urban development in China with geo-tagged user-generated contents.

Dr. Sergio Bernardes presents project results to President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center

Dr. Sergio Bernardes reported on CGR’s ongoing project involving locating indigenous populations in the Amazon to The Carter Center, in Atlanta. An overview of the project and project status were presented at the 21st Annual Carter Center River Blindness Elimination Program Review, to President Jimmy Carter, Ms. Carter, Ministers of Health from multiple countries and river blindness experts. CGR is contributing applied remote sensing that directly affects the lives of local populations in the Amazon region, who can only be treated for diseases if their communities can be located. CGR and UGA are helping make river blindness elimination a reality.

CGR team presents research at ASPRS

Multiple team members presented research at the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing annual conference.  Listed below are team members and their research to find out more please follow the link to see work titles.


Andrew Knight: 2 presentations

Amanda Argon: 1 presentation, Geo-league Competitor

Caleb Adams: 2 presentations

Caren Remillard: 1 presentation, 1 committee chair, Geo-league Competitor

David Cotten: 3 presentations

Deepak Mishra: 2 presentations

Marguerite Madden: 8 presentations

Mingshu Wang: 1 presentation

Sergio Bernardes: 6 presentations

Tommy Jordan: 3 presentations, Elected ASPRS Vice President

Andrew Knight presents to IRIS on detecting landmines with UAVs

Workflow for Detection

Animation of preliminary landmine detection

Andrew presented his research on remote sensing applied to landmine detection at the 2017 Interdisciplinary Research and Ideas Symposium. He investigates the use of visible light imagers onboard UAV’s (quadcopter) to detect surface landmines from a height of 60 feet. Andrew reported overall landmine detection accuracy of 89% and significant reductions in surface area to be searched for landmines (1% of original area).


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Dr. Tommy Jordan elected vice president of ASPRS

Dr. Tommy Jordan, the former Associate Direction at the Center for Geospatial Research, has been elected to serve as Vice President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Dr. Jordan joins ASPRS past presidents Dr. Roy Welch and Dr. Marguerite Madden (currently CGR’s Director) and continues a tradition of service and contributions to the society.

Caren Remillard receives the 2017 Ta Liang Memorial Award from ASPRS

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) named Caren Remillard the recipient of the 2017 Ta Liang Memorial Award. Presentation of the award will take place during the ASPRS 2017 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this March!

Dr. Sergio Bernardes offers workshop on distributed computing of very large geospatial datasets

Sergio BernardesDr. Sergio Bernardes, from The Center for Geospatial Research, is offering a workshop on processing very large geospatial datasets using distributed computing in the cloud. The workshop will be a hands-on introduction to Google Earth Engine, a free planetary-scale platform for Earth science data and analysis. Attendees will learn how to access and process a multi-petabyte catalog of remotely-sensed imagery (multiple sensors) and other geospatial datasets, including climate data. Applications include the characterization of areas of interest, change detection, mapping trends, and the quantification of differences on the Earth’s surface at local, regional and global scales.

Analyses are based on user-developed and/or shared algorithms to access Earth Engine’s application programming interface (we will be using javascript for that) and can be managed from a simple browser interface. Processing is done in the cloud and tasks are automatically parallelized to run simultaneously on multiple CPUs across many computers in Google’s data centers.


Workshop: Applying a planetary-scale computational platform to answer Earth science questions: cloud processing of environmental datasets using Google Earth Engine
Date/time: Tuesday, January 31 2017, 11:30-2:00 pm

Center to Host Third Workshop for Creating Online Web Maps

On Thursday, December 1 at 11:45 am, the Center for Geospatial Research invites all faculty, staff, and students to come to Room 311 in the Geography Building to attend a how-to/mini-workshop on that will expose participants to the basics of creating publicly available web maps using introductory programming skills.  This event is Part 3 of a series of events designed to help individuals who want to move beyond the limitations inherent in creating Web Maps using ArcGIS Online. Individuals who were not present for Part 1 and Part 2 are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The material that was covered in Part 1 and Part 2 will be reviewed briefly. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of both GIS and programming. It will take place in a computer lab and participants will be able to actively apply and explore the information as it is being presented. There will be a demonstration/lecture period which is expected to last roughly 45 minutes plus an opportunity for questions.

When: Thursday, December 1, 11:45 am

Where: Room 311, Geography

The materials for this workshop can be downloaded here:

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