Fall 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Spring Workshop Report

Draft Stormwater Data Standard
LiDAR Update

Lyon Co Sign Inventory
Anoka Co Website
LOGIS Map Books Use USNG
Goodhue ESRI Award

US Topo now for MN

Higher Education
UMD GIS Minor & Certificate
UWRF GIS Certificate

Prepare for NG911

In Memory: Carrie Bartz

Other Places
Wisconsin Strategic Plans
Strategic Directions for Geography
Where are Americans Moving?



Understanding the Changing Planet:  Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences
From The National Academies Press website

Eleven questions that should shape the next decade of geographical sciences research are identified in a new report by the National Research Council. Reflecting a time when populations are moving and natural resources are being depleted, the questions aim to provide a more complete understanding of where and how landscapes are changing to help society manage and adapt to the transformation of Earth's surface.

The committee that wrote the report solicited input from the geographical science community to identify research priorities and the approaches, skills, data, and infrastructure necessary to advance research. The strategic directions span from overarching issues of environmental change and sustainability to specific areas in the field that are transforming. They are grouped by topic area, but are not ranked in any order of importance (the last two should be of particular interest to GIS professionals):

How to understand and respond to environmental change:

  1. How are we changing the physical environment of Earth's surface?
  2. How can we best preserve biological diversity and protect endangered ecosystems?
  3. How are climate and other environmental changes affecting the vulnerabilities of coupled human-environment systems?

How to promote sustainability:

  1. Where and how will 10 billion people live?
  2. How will we sustainably feed everyone in the coming decade and beyond?
  3. How does where we live affect our health?

How to recognize and cope with the rapid spatial reorganization of economy and society:

  1. How is the movement of people, goods, and ideas changing the world?
  2. How is economic globalization affecting inequality?
  3. How are geopolitical shifts influencing peace and stability?

How to leverage technological change for the benefit of society and environment:

  1. How might we better observe, analyze, and visualize a changing world?
  2. What are the societal implications of citizen mapping and mapping citizens?

The report was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic Society, and Association of American Geographers.

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