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Events for October 8, 2015 - September 22, 2016

October 2015

The Value of Spatial Information and Assessment in Soil, Water and Agricultural Sciences

October 08, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rudder Tower, Room 301

In soil science, soil development and its association with mass and energy transport, as well as management in agricultural production, has been a highly investigated topic that has included information on soil position in space. In this arena, biophysical models are used to simulate mass and energy fluxes between the soil, plant, and atmosphere and provide a critical link between biological, hydrological and atmospheric disciplines.

Science: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Education, Engineering, Information Science
Applications: Environment, Society
Technology: Land

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Advances in High-­Dimensional Remote Sensing of Vegetation

October 29, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rudder Tower, Room 301

High-­dimensional remote-­sensing data (e.g., hyperspectral remote-­sensor images) and ancillary geospatial data sets can potentially enable extraction of detailed vegetation­‐type information, as well as more accurate vegetation biophysical parameter estimates, relative to low-­‐dimensional/multispectral data sets. As new sensors become operational, however, improved digital image-processing techniques are needed in order to handle the expected increase in hyperspectral remote-­sensor data volume in a computationally efficient manner.

Science: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Education, Engineering
Applications: Environment
Technology: Land

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November 2015

Bathymetry of Shallow Rivers and Streams Using Hyperspectral Imagery and Multispectral LiDAR

November 05, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rudder Tower, Room 301

This presentation will give a brief overview of the NCALM facility at the University of Houston. Activities at NCALM pertaining to coastal and fluvial remote sensing will be highlighted, including the use of hyperspectral imagery and bathymetric LiDAR for seagrass mapping, depth determination and turbidity estimation.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Engineering
Technology: Sea

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Ecometrics Through Space and Time

November 19, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rudder Tower, Room 301

Ecometrics are trait-­based measurements collected at the community level that relate to climatic, environmental, and ecosystem properties. Ecometrics are documented with modern data from distributions of traits within communities and distributions of abiotic conditions.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Geosciences
Technology: Land

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February 2016

Chicxulub Asteroid Impact and the Extinction of Dinosaurs

February 18, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
O&M Building, Room 112

Crater-forming impacts represent a class of extreme events involving high energy release and short time scales. In this presentation, we analyze the Chicxulub impact and its effects on the Earth´s climate, environment and life-support systems, in relation to the Cretaceous/ Paleogene boundary. The boundary represents one of the major extinction events in the Phanerozoic, which affected about 75 % of species.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Geosciences
Technology: Land, Space

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March 2016

Emerging Scientific, Technological, and Industrial Challenges and Opportunities for the Mexican Space Agency

March 03, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scoates Hall, Room 208

The Agencia Espacial Mexicana, (AEM) Mexico’s space agency, was created in 2010 to promote academic and industrial activity in Mexico related to space sciences and to contribute to the country’s scientific, technological, industrial and economic development. One of its priorities is to explore the use of satellite technology to provide early warning to the population in the event of natural disasters, to track the effects of global warming, and to predict the spread of diseases, among others.

Applications: Society
Science: Education, Government & Economics
Technology: Space

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Search for the Malaysia Flight MH-370: Survey Strategy and Technology

March 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scoates Hall, Room 208

This presentation documents the deep water search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370, a Boeing 777 commercial passenger airliner that mysteriously disappeared in the southern Indian Ocean, in March 2014 with 239 people onboard.

Applications: Society
Science: Education, Engineering
Technology: Sea

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April 2016

Stochastic Design of an Early Warning System

April 07, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scoates Hall, Room 208

Stochastic Design of an Early Warning System:
From Integrating Multiple Sources of Evidence Varying in Real Time (Data, Model Predictions and Experts' Beliefs), to the Release of "The Wave" (Now in Theaters)

Applications: Environment, Society
Science: Education, Engineering, Government & Economics, Medical Sciences & Public Health
Technology: Land

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Geo-Informatics Applied to Address Infrastructure Challenges of a Mega-­City (Built on What Once was a Magnificent Lake)

April 21, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scoates Hall, Room 208

Dr. Gabriel Y. Auvinet   Institute of Engineering, National University of Mexico (UNAM ) Professor & Researcher   Abstract During the last 20 years, the Geo-informatics Laboratory of Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM, Mexico has constructed a Geotechnical Database for Mexico City subsoil. The presentation will refer to the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that have been developed taking advantage of this Geotechnical Database and to their applications in Civil Engineering. The…

Applications: Society
Science: Education, Engineering, Information Science
Technology: Land, Space

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September 2016

Bridging the Texas Water Gap: A Holistic Spatial Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach With Localized Solutions

September 22, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
O&M Building, Room 110

The 2017 Texas Water Development Board’s State Water Plan predicts that Texas will suffer a 41% water gap by the year 2070. The tight interconnections between water, energy, and food systems, requires that assessment of projected trends and impacts of possible interventions.

Science: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Education, Government & Economics
Applications: Environment, Society
Technology: Land

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