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Science in Service to Society – Understanding and reducing climate risks (A Centroid – NR493 Crossover Event)

April 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How is GIS used to analyze climate data, and address issues related to extreme heat events, and their impact on our society?

Monday, April 26th, 4pm, the Geospatial Centroid and NR493 will host a seminar by Olga Wilhelmi (Head of the GIS Program and Project Scientist) and Jennifer Boehnert (GIS Coordinator) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to discuss how climate and demographic data were analyzed  to measure the effects of extreme heat events, such as identifying at-risk populations, access to cooling centers, and guiding policies to mitigate adverse effects of climate change.

Heat index map of the U.S,
This map visualizes research on differences in average summer heat in present and future climates visualized through mapping the average maximum heat index anomaly in the continental United States, based on simulations by an NCAR numerical model. (Image from Esri’s GIS for Science.)

From Esri,

“Wilhelmi, who heads the GIS program and has been leading projects at NCAR since 1999, researches the interactions of weather, climate, and society to understand the risks extreme weather events and climate change pose to society, particularly vulnerable populations, and explores potential adaptive strategies to these conditions.

Boehnert, the GIS coordinator at NCAR, supports the work of scientists and engineers and uses GIS to integrate atmospheric data with socioeconomic and geographic data. When she started working at NCAR 16 years ago, using GIS in atmospheric science research was relatively new. In the intervening years, she has been involved in research on integrating atmospheric data and science with the tools, data, and analysis methods of GIS.”

Learn more about their work here.


This event is a joint effort between the Geospatial Centroid and the NR493 GIS/Remote Sensing Seminar course.

Presented over Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99752137542?pwd=dmhqSTlKbGFlNnlNbGtROGQ2NUxiZz09

Questions? Email e.tulanowski@colostate.edu


April 26, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm