Spatial Data Science: Mapping for Impact

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science


February 27, 2018
4:10pm to 5:00pm
190 Doe Library
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Spatial data collection, analysis and visualization has changed dramatically in the last decade. We now have, for example, high spatial and temporal resolution imagery, integrated smart phones as data collectors, and cloud-based analytical platforms to work with. Collectively, these developments make up our 21st century mapping toolkit that is in increasing demand to address contemporary environmental challenges. In this talk, I will review recent technical advancements in data, analysis, and communication, and highlight key cases from my work and elsewhere that illustrate this exciting and dynamic geospatial landscape.

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and the Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, feature faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data, computational, inferential revolution. All campus community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Arrive at 3:30pm for tea, coffee and discussion prior to the formal presentation.


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).