CITRIS Research Exchange - Maggi Kelly: Mapping for Impact in a Changing California

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute


February 19, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
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About the Talk: Many of the natural resource challenges we face today around food, water, equity, energy, invasive species, fire, climate change, biodiversity – are complex problems that impact diverse public groups across multiple scales - and they require a spatial approach to make an impact. Addressing these challenges requires innovative and resourceful data collection, data synthesis, novel analytical tools, and increased communication and cooperation between scientists and citizens.  As the rate of advance in geospatial technology continues to accelerate with new ways to collect and use spatial data, mapping is increasingly embedded in all aspects of natural resource management. In this talk I will present a few case studies from my work mapping California landscapes that highlight novel sources of spatial data (e.g. LiDAR, UAVs, historical archives) and analytical tools (e.g. ML), and showcase ways in which geospatial infrastructure can help promote public participation and impact. 

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Maggi Kelly

Professor; Environmental Science, Policy,and Management; UC Berkeley

BIDS Senior Fellow Maggi Kelly is Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management department at UC Berkeley. Her group uses a range of geospatial data and analytics – from spatial modeling, remote sensing, drones, liDAR, historical archives, surveys, participatory mapping, and the field - to gain insights about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that change means for those who live on, use, and manage our lands. Her work enables interdisciplinary collaboration, data-rich analytics research, and active outreach across a number of scientific domains (forests, agriculture, wetlands, climate change) with significant societal impact. She is faculty director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility and Director of the ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS).