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Conservationists to Learn New Ways to Assess Climate Change

USA – Environmentalists and scientists will explore how geographic information system (GIS) technology can aid research into global warming and its potential effects at the Climate Change GIS program during the 2008 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) held August 4–8 in San Diego, California. Attendees will benefit from useful and inspirational workshops, panel discussions, paper sessions, and Special Interest Group meetings designed to aid GIS users in climate change research and construction of mitigation plans and preventive programs.

Environmental experts from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and others, will share their GIS project experiences. Attendees will gain insight on global concerns such as carbon accounting, sea level rise, and alternative energy sources. People working for government agencies, nonprofit groups, power utilities, forestry departments, and many more, will learn ways to apply GIS to their environmental management projects. ESRI UC attendees can participate in a wide variety of activities offered by the program such as

  • Using GIS to analyze climate patterns and climate change
  • Learning about The Nature Conservancy’s Carbon Accounting Model
  • Understanding current ecosystem disturbance patterns with remote sensing
  • Discovering Planet Action, founded by SPOT Image, a nonprofit organization established to support conservation groups worldwide with imagery and GIS to more effectively tackle climate change-related issues

The Climate Change GIS program has topics to inspire attendees from all disciplines. Learn more about the 2008 ESRI International User Conference at www.esri.com/uc .