Our lab's motto is "mapping for a changing California," and we use a range of techniques—remote sensing, object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, lidar analysis, participatory webGIS, and field methods—to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing and what that change means for those who live on and manage our lands. I use these spatial tools to examine California landscapes: I work on wetlands and explore how remote sensing can be used to monitor carbon stores; I work on forests and use lidar data to map horizontal and vertical structure; and I work on urban landscapes, where the built environment can influence our access to food and impact our health. I am also keenly interested in spatial data science, which revolves around the integration of data (from aircraft, satellites, mobile phones, historic collections, and the web); application of methods—understanding spatial density, pattern and distribution, coincidence or interactions of factors across space, probability or risk of an event occurring in space, and measures of interconnectedness; and of collaborations of people—scientists, policy-makers, and the public. The geo-informatics field is evolving quickly, and I actively work to build a community interested in applied geospatial research and outreach locally at UC Berkeley and across the state. I am the faculty director of the UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility, which is dedicated to creating cutting-edge mapping technology, training in geospatial information systems and remote sensing, and applied geospatial research.
Real name:Maggi Kelly