Four GIScCE members travel to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Drs. Mike Wimberly, Geoff Henebry, and Ting-Wu Chuang, along with Ph.D. student Alemayehu Midekisa, presented a workshop on the "Application of Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS for Malaria Epidemic Early Warning” on August 17, 2011 at the Amhara Regional Health Bureau in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The purpose of this workshop was to communicate results from our NIH-funded research project to scientists and public health professionals in Ethiopia. Drs. Henebry and Chuang presented background information on remote sensing science and mosquito ecology. Dr. Wimberly and Mr. Midekisa presented analyses of the influences of climatic anomalies on historical patterns of malaria in the Amhara region and highlighted the potential applications of remotely-sensed environmental indices for malaria early warning. Prior to the workshop, the SDSU scientists conducted a 3-day preliminary field investigation of mosquito breeding habitats in the Amhara region. The SDSU delegation also had the opportunity to meet and present an overview of the project to Ato Ayalew Gobeze, the president of the Amhara Regional State, and to the zonal administrators from the Amhara region.

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Aug 17, 2011

Dr. Cochrane and Dr. Wimberly invited to present at a workshop in Brisbane, Australia

June 26 – July 2, 2011. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Invited Presentation. Cochrane, M.A., M. Wimberly, J. Eidenshink, M. Finney, M. Reeves, and Z. Zhu. Fuel Treatment Effectiveness in the United States.  Given as part of the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (ACEAS) workshop on Pyrogeography: Integrating and Evaluating Existing Models of Australian Fire Regimes to Predict Climate Change Impacts.

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Jun 26, 2011 to Jul 02, 2011

Dr. Cochrane invited to University of Tasmania

June 23, 2011. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Invited presentation. Cochrane, M.A. Deforestation, Forest Degradation and Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon for the 2011 Plant Science Seminar Series.

June 23, 2011. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Invited presentation. Cochrane, M.A. Shifting Fire Regimes of the United States, Australia and Brazilian Amazonia: The Roles of Climate Change, Land Use, and Mitigation Efforts. Stakeholders planning workshop for the mapping of fire in the Australian Alps and Tasmania.

June 21, 2011. Hobart Tasmania, Australia. Invited participation in the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Landscapes and Policy Hub project leaders’ planning workshop.

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Jun 21, 2011 to Jun 23, 2011

Advancing Methods for Global Crop Area Estimation

Project meeting on ‘Advancing Methods for Global Crop Area Estimation’, a study supported by NASA’s Land Cover and Land Use Change and Science Applications programs.  The project aims to estimate soybean cultivated acreage within the local growing season for the four largest soybean production countries - the United States, Brazil, Argentina and China.  The meeting was held as a side-event of an international workshop on ‘Characterizing and  Validating Global Agricultural Landcover’ from June 13-15th in Laxenburg, Austria, hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.   

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Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 15, 2011

Faculty and Students Participate in 2011 US-IALE Conference

A group from the GIScCE attended the 26th annual meeting of the United States chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in Portland, OR from April 3-7. Drs. Mike Wimberly and Geoff Henebry delivered oral presentations of their current research, and Valeriy Kovalskyy and Alemayehu Midekisa gave poster presentations. Mike Wimberly was recognized for his service as councilor-at-large on the US-IALE executive board and Alemayehu Midekisa received a NASA-MSU travel award.  

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Apr 03, 2011 to Apr 07, 2011