Spatial Statistics Poster

Here is a poster I recently was assigned.

It was an experiment to find trends between socioeconomic factors and cases of Hepatitis C within BC’s local health areas

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Fall Semester Done!

As I type this, I am finishing my last assignment of the Fall semester! This means that I am, along with my peers, half way to accomplishing my advanced diploma in GIS.

It’s been a fun ride so far. I’ve been enjoying the fast-moving courses, the company of my classmates and the skills I’ve picked up along the way.

It’s funny to think back to my first introductory GIS lab in September. I remember wondering:

“…why and how do I unzip a file… what does this mean?!..”

I wasn’t the most techie person. Now we are starting computer programming and translating data formats! It’s pretty cool what just a difference a few months can make.

So, what I’m saying is that I’m looking forward to the next semester. But until then, I am going to put my feet up and sip on egg nog all break long.

christmas-world-map

GIS Greenprints and Conservation

I stumbled across this interesting video in an Esri video series on the critical role that GIS work plays in conserving green space in urban environments.

Geodesign in Conservation Planning — video

This is actually relevant to the sort of work I want to be involved in, so I was excited to hear about what is currently going on.

The Trust of Public Land works with communities to improve their water quality, land etc. With GIS techniques, they create a “Greenprint” — like a blue print–, which is a design model for the client.

These Greenprints are not just maps for landscaping parks or beautifying dead spaces as a means of gentrification. The GIS analysts conduct research and data collection on the potential issues and solutions of the area to later present to the clients at a conference.

During these conferences with the stakeholders and GIS analysts, the stakeholders are requested to rank the different issues. This data is loaded automatically into ArcGIS during a presentation and the results immediately show what is important to the majority, and where these people are geographically.

Here are some examples of the Greenprints:

Greenprint               

         Hawaii greenprint

It’s neat to think that GIS is the magnet that pulls the project together.

This technology is used to not just combine environmental sciences to evaluate the needs of conservation, but to also use data to interpret the community’s relationship with their environment.