Map Gallery

Planning Committee

Introduction to GIS Workshop
(Registration Info Here)
4-6 in Science Hall


State Cartographer's Office

UW Spatial Information
and Analysis Consortium

Robinson Map Library

State Agency Geographic
Information Coordination
(SAGIC) Team


UW Sea Grant Institute

Karen Tuerk
UW GIS Day Coordinator

550 N Park St
Science Hall - Rm 376
Madison, WI 53706






































































































































































Time TRACK 1:  Applications
Class of 1924 Room
TRACK 2: Tools, Trends & Resources
Capital View Room
9:30 GIS & the Ecology of Adelie Penguins
Eric Erdmann, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
GIS in the Cloud:  Web 2.0 & Other Emerging Trends, Mike Koutnik, ESRI
10:00 Siting and Fuel Sourcing of Potential Biomass Processing Facilities
Bevin Moeller, LICGF, GIS Certificate Program
Better Access to Satellite Imagery through WisconsinView, Sam Batzli, WisconsinView
10:30 Analysis of Marginal Lands for Bioenergy Crop Production in WI, Kyle Minks, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Geo-Enabled Cartography
Howard Veregin, State Cartographer's Office
11:00 Participatory Photo Mapping:
A Community Engagement Tool
Suzanne Gaulocher, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment
Indiemapper Demo
David Heyman, Axis Maps
11:30 Madison Neighborhood Indicators
Pilot Project
, UW Applied Population Lab
Historic Maps & Spatial Materials at the UW Digital Collections Center
Leah Ujda, UW Digital Collections
Noon Break Break
12:15 Keynote Address:  GIS and Sustainable Futures (Class of 1924 Reception Room)
Prof. Phil Lewis, Academy of Sustainable Design
1:00 Comparative GIS Analysis of June 2008 Flood Damages in Dane County
Jason Hochschild, Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
Getting Started with Mashups:  A Look at Free Tools & Online Services to Build Your Web Mapping Application
Aaron Stephenson, GeoAnalytics

LiDAR Data Applications at NRCS
Kent Peña & Adolfo Diaz, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Geospatial Career Seminar:  Trends and Opportunities in the Private Sector
Panel discussion with local geospatial technology leaders, employers and entrepreneurs
(75-90 minutes)
2:00 The New USGS Topographic Map               Dick Vraga, USGS
2:30 GIS, Visualization and Health
Bill Buckingham, Applied Population Lab
3:00 The UW Arboretum Map, Mark Wegener UW Arboretum & Tim Wallace , UW Cart Lab  























Keynote Address:  "GIS and Sustainable Futures"

Phil Lewis, Academy of Sustainable Design

Professor Phil Lewis, author of Tomorrow By Design, is a well-known figure in the landscape architecture and planning professions and is recognized as the 'Father of the Environmental Corridor.' Beginning in the late 1950's, Prof. Lewis has pushed the envelope of environmental thought by challenging the public views of and institutional thought on natural and cultural resources. Over the years Prof. Lewis has developed and refined these environmental concepts into a regional design process. By addressing issues at the regional scale, environmental and cultural resources can be identified, preserved, and incorporated into urban and rural growth patterns. Additionally, interdisciplinary expertise and public education have been key components in Phil's approach to regional design. As a past professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and emeritus professor of the University of Wisconsin, in addition to his private and public work, Phil continues to have a great impact on the profession and the future of urban/rural environment.


Track One:  Applications - Class of 1924 Room, 9:30-3:30

GIS & the Ecology of Adelie Penguins
Eric Erdmann, Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Graduate Student

The Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is an extremely productive marine system that supports large stocks of marine mammals, birds, and Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. A dominant top predator of the WAP marine ecosystem, the Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), has been declining over the past several decades in the region, likely due to the loss of sea ice linked to global warming. Most studies on Adelie penguins have been on feeding and reproduction during the breeding season. However, little is known how Adélies forage and survive over the harsh Antarctic winter. Winter is the most important season for many species, as over-winter survival has direct impacts on reproduction and population growth. Through the advent of satellite tracking systems and GIS analysis, it is now possible to identify the environmental conditions important for over-winter survival. Here we discuss our analysis of Adelie penguin winter foraging locations  from satellite telemetry and the use of ArcGIS.

Siting and Fuel Sourcing of Potential Biomass Processing Facilities
Bevin Moeller, Land Information Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF), GIS Certificate Program

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has proposed that the Charter Street heating plant in Madison switch from burning coal to burning a mixture of biomass, such as wood waste and agricultural residues, and natural gas. Eventually the plant, which is managed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison division of Facilities Planning and Management, will use up to 250,000 tons of biomass per year. Because biomass is relatively bulky material and space downtown is limited, only a few days worth of fuel can be stored on site. Satellite facilities will be needed to store and process the biomass material, which will be transported to the Charter Street location five to six days a week via rail. This project identified potential storage and processing sites and evaluated the potential supply of biomass in the vicinity of each site. Existing GIS data already gathered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility and additional data gathered from public agencies were used. Criteria for sites include proximity to rail service, adequate size, adequate infrastructure, and buildable soils. The maximum potential forest biomass, urban waste wood, corn stover, and switchgrass were then estimated for potential sites.


Analysis of Marginal Lands for Bioenergy Crop Production in Wisconsin
Kyle Minks, LICGF, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Graduate Student

This study aims to address the issues of biofuel and food production by using GIS as a tool to locate lands within Wisconsin that can be classified as Marginal Lands. Marginal Lands are lands that do not provide a sufficient return on investments, under current farm management and economic conditions, or are too environmentally sensitive to safely and profitably farm. GIS was used in conjunction with a number of both National and State spatially collected data sets to locate Marginal Lands that would have the potential for growing three different types of biofuels (Corn, Switchgrass, and Hybrid Willow). Maps and tables indicating the relative abundance of Marginal Land for each type of biofuel were created at the county scale. In an effort to more accurately determine the amount of Marginal Land within Wisconsin GIS was used to randomly select Marginal Land locations throughout the State, after which these locations were ground truthed to evaluate their current use. Currently, ground truthing analysis is still taking place and a website is being developed where the maps and tables will be available. The goal of this website is to publicly provide information on the potential biofuels industry within Wisconsin.

Participatory Photo Mapping: A Community Engagement Tool
Suzanne Gaulocher, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)

Participatory Photo Mapping (PPM) is a community engagement tool that allows people to explore their experiences of health and place where they live and for communicating this experience to people who share a common goal of broadly addressing health and building community. We do it to: (1) Assess the community and environmental contributions to health, safety, well-being, (2) Address peoples’ perceptions of their neighborhood environments, (3) Identify environmental factors that impact health and (4) Present this information to stakeholders and decision-makers. PPM integrates digital photography, global positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS) together with community-based participatory methods, to assess the relationships between objective measures of the built environment and people’s attitudes and behaviors. Photographs and narratives are mapped using ArcGIS software and images are used during focus groups. These data are analyzed and emerging themes are used in order to increase our understanding of the supports and barriers to health and the environment.

Madison Neighborhood Indicator Pilot Project
James Beaudoin, Applications Developer; David Long, Spatial Data Analyst; and Dan Veroff, Director - Applied Population Lab, University of Wisconsin

The Neighborhood Indicators Pilot project is an effort to quantify and represent visually the diverse and changing social conditions in Madison neighborhoods. The project staff has endeavored to provide neighborhood level measures for a single non-census year; bringing together data from a variety of sources and compiling them into a suite of indicators that comprise a neighborhood profile.  The project staff employed ArcGIS desktop GIS tools to analyze the data along with opensource software to make data and neighborhood mapping tools accessible in a web environment.


Comparative GIS Analysis of June 2008 Flood Damages in Dane County
Jason Hochschild, Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

This analysis compared flood damage estimates generated by FEMA’s HAZUS-MH flood loss modeling software with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood damage claims resulting from the June 2008 flooding in Dane County. Comparisons were also made between the assessed property values and the HAZUS and NFIP values in an effort to understand the relationship between construction costs and assessed values. This presentation also describes the challenges of working at the local scale in which individual structures and building were used at the unit of analysis.

LiDAR Data Applications at NRCS
Kent Peña and Adolfo Diaz, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

The LESS (LiDAR Enhanced Soil Survey)  model was developed to automate the generalization of slope groups generated from LiDAR data.   LiDAR data provides very accurate elevation derivatives which may contain a fair amount of “noise”. The LESS model allows for this “noise” to be filtered out and assimilated into surrounding majority classes.  This facilitates the adjustment of soil polygon slope groups.

The New USGS Topographic Map
Dick Vraga, USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the 125  years of its topographic mapping program this year. This talk will discuss the recent developments in the program including new maps for Wisconsin in 2010. A brief demonstration of the new topographic map will be provided.

GIS, Visualization and Health
Bill Buckingham, UW Applied Population Lab and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Dr. John Snow’s famous map of Cholera in London’s Broad Street region has been championed both by epidemiology and GIS. Starting with this event, a brief chronicle of the history between epidemiology and GIS will be used to set the stage for the current work conducted between these disciplines. In particular this presentation will focus on current work both in Dane County and at the UW to describe how GIS and health have come together to study topics such as H1N1 vaccinations, Health Service delivery, and the geographical distribution of specific health issues.

The UW Arboretum Map
Mark Wegener, UW Arboretum & Tim Wallace, UW Cartographic Lab

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.  To help commemorate this milestone, the UW Cartography Lab, in a partnership with Axis Maps, LLC was commissioned to create an online interactive map.  This session will include a demonstration of the map and some of its highlights.  The Arboretum Map marks a departure from the standard of most online maps.  It adds exciting new functionality, such as viewing animations of invasive species spreading over time and uploading user-generated photos and notes.


Track Two:  Tools, Trends and Resources - Capital View Room, 9:30-3:30

GIS in the Cloud:  Web 2.0 and Other Emerging Trends
Mike Koutnik, ESRI

Ubiquitous web mapping. Crowd sourcing. Cloud computing. Software as a Service. Social media. Shared services. What does it all mean? And what does it mean for GIS? This presentation will first explore two important emerging complimentary concepts in computing: Cloud Computing and Web 2.0. We will then discuss how GIS can leverage these concepts and how GIS will evolve as a result.

Better Access to Satellite Imagery through WisconsinView
Sam Batzli, WisconsinView, UW-Madison

Since 2004 WisconsinView has made airborne and satellite imagery of Wisconsin available for free download over the Internet. This is serving the professional community well, but complicated formats (e.g. HDF, MrSID, IMG) often frustrate users from the general public.  As web-based geospatial technologies such as GoogleMaps have become more commonplace, we are faced with opportunities and challenges to share our imagery in new ways.  In this talk I will describe the steps taken at WisconsinView to facilitate access to imagery to a broader audience including the development of "geo-jpegs" GoogleMaps mash-ups, and web mapping services.


Indiemapper Demo

David Heyman, Axis Maps

Axis Maps has created an on-line mapping service called Indimapper ( that allows folks to create data-rich, highly customizable thematic and reference maps using a real-time visual editing approach. This talk will demo Indiemapper and highlight the speed and ease of the visual editing approach, the philosophy and architecture of the underlying system, the power of Web-services over traditional desktop approaches, and the kinds of thematic maps you can make with Indiemapper.

Geo-Enabled Cartography
Howard Veregin, Wisconsin State Cartographer

This presentation focuses on the relationship between GIS and cartography in light of recent changes in technology and the extension of geospatial technology into broader sectors of society. Geo-enabled cartography is based on three features: an explicitly-linked, underlying, intelligent set of geospatial data; the use of GIS-based analysis functions and rules to “coerce the cartography” out of the data; and the ability to store processing steps to make them repeatable. Geo-enabled cartography implies significant changes to cartographic practice and the relationship between GIS and cartography, which I address in the conclusion of the presentation.


Historic Maps & Spatial Materials at the UW Digital Collections Center
Leah Ujda, UW Digital Collections Center

The geospatial history of Wisconsin is increasingly available online!  UW Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) Metadata Librarian, Leah Ujda, will show and describe some of the many documents (eg. historic maps of Wisconsin, plat books, survey maps of the Great Lakes, etc.) that have been digitized and made available via the internet by the UWDCC.  Innovative ways to use and interact with digital historic documents will be discussed.        

Getting Started with Mashups:  A Look at Free Tools and Online Services to Build Your Web Mapping Application            
Aaron Stephenson, GeoAnalytics

Since Google Maps debuted in 2005, giving non-experts a way to see data geographically on the web, interest in web mapping has exploded. In most cases, this has taken the form of mashups, which are services or applications that combine functionality or content from existing sources. This presentation will demonstrate how easy it has become to create your own web mapping mashup, using a number of different free tools and web services. Time permitting, I will show how to go beyond simple "points on a map" by taking advantage of freely available code libraries and geoprocessing services.


Geospatial Career Seminar: Trends & Opportunities in the Private Sector
Capitol View Room, 1:30 - 3:00

Panel:   Adam Simcock, President, EarthIT
              Dave Hart, Founder & President, Continental Mapping Consultants
              David Heyman, Founder, Axis Maps
              Fred Halfen, Regional Vice President, Ayres Associates
              Bill Holland, Founder & CEO, GeoAnalytics
              Laura McCormick, Founder, XNR Productions

Join these business leaders for a 90-minute panel discussion designed to help students understand current trends and skills needed to get good jobs in the geospatial industry with a focus on the private sector. Those interested in breaking out on their own will gain valuable insight from panel members who have founded successful companies in the Madison area. 

A brief overview of the geospatial job market and what you can expect as you look forward to graduation will be followed by advice by our panel and answers to your burning questions.









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