Our membership has spoken loud and clear about wanting more professional development and informative content. We have just that; as a matter-of-fact we have doubled down for the Month of March, as we have two great webinars for you to enjoy and benefit from!

Tableau: Mapping and Spatial Analysis Capabilities

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Kent Marten, Tableau

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  • Tableau overview
  • Overall mapping and analysis capabilities
    • Importing and working with your own map data
    • Basic spatial analysis (choropleth map, graduated symbols)
    • Publishing options
  • Upcoming features
  • Q & A

Bio: As the Product Manager for Maps and Spatial Analysis at Tableau, I am responsible for the vision and development priorities for mapping and spatial capabilities in Tableau. I have been at Tableau for just over 3 years. My passion is to help people solve location-based problems and with Tableau, the goal is to build a product that allows solving these problems in the most intuitive way. As a product manager, I spend as much of my time with customers, trying to understand their use cases and requirements, across the spectrum of roles in traditional GIS and modern Business Intelligence. Prior to joining Tableau, I worked for Esri for 10 years, helping build functionality across ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro. I am a Canadian, now living in Seattle. I was raised in Toronto and first studied GIS/Remote Sensing at the University of Waterloo (2004), moving to Nova Scotia to complete an Advanced GIS Diploma from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in 2005, and later in life receiving my Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands with an emphasis in GIS in 2010.

Riparian Buffer Assessment

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 — Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Jeff Pu, Ph.D. Candidate, SUNY-ESF

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Synopsis: Riparian buffers play a significant role in filtering contamination and maintaining water quality. Under stress from climate change, agricultural practices and urbanization, the extent of buffers in many areas are decreasing and under pressure from economic developments. In order to protect existing buffers, we need to know the current conditions of various environmental attributes within the riparian corridors. Traditional field-based approaches to assess buffers ecological attributes cost a significant amount of money and resource. With recent innovations in GIS and other related fields, new technologies can now be utilized in buffer assessment. These include but not limited to cloud computing, BigData, spatial statistics, and machine learning. Incorporation of these new technologies will rapidly transform our past approaches to riparian buffer assessment. This presentation will showcase several very recent applications of how new technologies are utilized in buffer ecological assessments, as well as the benefits and implications of these new techniques.

Bio: Ge Pu, also known as Jeff Pu, is a Ph.D. candidate in water resource engineering at SUNY-ESF. His focus is looking into approaches to better monitor riparian vegetation characteristics through geospatial and remote sensing means.Jeff received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Engineering at Drexel University, where he participated in extensive water resource research projects in both New York City and Venice, Italy.