The Laikipia Elephant Research Project uses GIS and
SPOT imagery to help wildlife survive as climate
change drives them increasingly into conflict with humans.
(Photo Francis Kamau Muthoni, GIS Officer)
In the past few years, public attention has focused on global environmental crises for the first time since the environmental movement began in the 1970's. Like then, awareness has been motivated by important books and films, charismatic speakers, and severe environmental disasters. The 1970's, however, lacked personal computers, the internet, DNA testing and GIS. Often the only recourse for affected citizens and communities was mass protests and lawsuits. 30 years later, technology has become ubiquitous, and scientific methods and GIS tools have evolved to permit the Ecological & Atmospheric sciences to benefit from improved quantitative and predictive tools. GIS supports the raw data management and scientific analyses required by these new advancements, but it has the added power of being fundamentally integrative, allowing data from many different sectors and disciplines to by synthesized and analyzed. The cross-sectoral nature of the climate change challenge will require such integrative tools if we are to find rational and intelligent answers.
Currently, the ESRI Climate Change Working group is conducting several tasks
1. Creation of a new ESRI User conference special program devoted to climate change GIS
2. Launch & support of a new cross-sectoral user group on climate change GIS
3. Support to ESRI partners for climate change GIS research and action
4. Support to SPOT Image for the Planet Action climate change program.
Currently, the ESRI Climate Change working group includes ESRI staff and scientists from the Forestry, Utilities, Federal, Conservation, Local Government, Climate & Atmosphere, Water Resources, Modelling, GIS Science, Non-Profit, Natural Resources and International NGO groups. We are conducting outreach to our interested users to invite them to participate as well, and hope that many of them can make it to San Diego this August for the launch of the Climate Change GIS program and user group.
Mahesh Patak taking GPS point of bank cutting at
Jalad Khola, Eastern terai of Nepal
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