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The PSU Geospatial Information Society student group and PSU Department of Geography hosted its third one-day cartography symposium on Tuesday, November 3, in the Smith Memorial Student Union on the PSU campus. For more information, visit the cartography symposium website.


The Atlas of Oregon Climate and Climate Change, a collaboration of C-GEO and CSAR, was published online in November 2015. Author: Teresa Bulman, Chief Cartographer: David Banis 

Martin Swobodzinski and Piotr Jankowski (November 2015). "The role of location and cost in individual choices of transportation improvement projects" in The Professional Geographer 67(4): 527-540.

David Banis and Hunter Shobe (October 2015). Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, Sasquatch Books, Seattle WA.

Martin Swobodzinski and Piotr Jankowski (September 2015). "Evaluating user interaction with a web-based group decision support system: A comparison between to clustering methods" in Decision Support Systems 77: 148-157.

Hunter Shobe and Geoff Gibson (August 2015). "Cascadia rising: Soccer, region, and identity" in Soccer and Society.

Gabriel I. Yospin, Samuel W. Wood, Andres Holz, David M. J. S. Bowman, Robert E. Keane, Cathy Whitlock (August 2015). "Modeling vegetation mosaics in sub-alpine Tasmania under various fire regimes" in "early view" mode Modeling Earth Systems and Environment (MESE).


November 3, 2015 - Chris Grant, David Banis, and Don Pettit made a presentation entitled "Standardized Symbologies for the Oregon Incident Response Information System" at the Portland Cartography Symposium.

November 2,2015- Paul Loikith gave a talk for the Physical Seminar at PSU entitled "How Will Temperature Extremes Change Under Global Warming".

October 28, 2015 - David Banis and Hunter Shobe gave a Portland State of Mind talk about the making of their book Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas.

October 23, 2015 - Hunter Shobe was one of five presenters at PDXTalks, a signature event for Portland State of Mind. The video of the talk is at

October 10, 2015 - Heejun Chang gave an invited talk "Coupled human-water system in the urban areas of the western United States" at the KSEA Northwest Regional Conference in Boise, ID.

October 2015 - Graduate student Debbie Blackmore presented a talk entitle "A Geospatial Tool for Wetland Prioritization at the Watershed Scale at the Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Olympia, WA.

October 5, 2015 - Andres Holz gave an invited lecture at Washington State University-Vancouver entitled "Disturbance Ecology in Temperate Forests in the Southern Hemisphere". 


November 2015
Geoffrey Duh received a grant for $20,000 from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the project "Integration of Web GIS and Performance-based Budgeting Systems (IPA)"

Paul Loikith
received a $10,000 subcontract from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work on a NASA-led project evaluating high-resolution dynamically downscaled climate models.

CSAR signed a contract for $5,063 for "GIS Support to the Ocean Conservancy for Ocean Planning in the Arctic" 
PI: David Banis

September 2015
Additional funding of $10,000 was added to the CSAR contract "Geospatial Support for the Pacific Region National Wildlife Refuge System" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 
PI: David BanisThis work has been ongoing since 2014. 

Additional funding of $15,000 was added to the CSAR contract "GIS Support for the Urban Wildland Interactions Team" with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. PI: David Banis. This work has been ongoing since 2012.

August 2015
Heejun Chang is a co-PI on a $500,000 grant "CC*DNI Networking Infrastructure: Research and Innovation Network for Portland State University” from the National Science Foundation for the period 9/1/2015 to 8/31/2017. This project will improve the network infrastructure at PSU and help support faster and more secure data transfers that are needed for big-data science. 

Heejun Chang received funding of $99,678 from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for the project "Climate change and floodrisk in Portland". The project will run from August 10th 2015 to August 10th 2017

July 2015
Andrés Holz received $10,994 funding from Institute for Sustainable Solutions for “Forest Resilience in a Dynamic World: Lessons from the PNW”.

In the Media

September 16, 2015 Metro News reports on research project of Martin Lafrenz. 

July 31, 2015 The Portland Business Journal asks Heejun Chang and Paul Loikith about the outlook for ski season on Mt Hood: 

Upcoming Meetings 

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 14-18, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium, February 8, 2016, Portland State University

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, March 29 - April 2, 2016 San Francisco, CA

GIS in Action, April 5 - 6, 2016, Portland OR

ASPRS Annual Conference, April 11 - 15, 2016 Fort Worth, TX