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Workshops

Full- and Half-Day Workshops will be offered at the US-IALE 2017 Annual Meeting. Pre-registration and an additional fee will be required for participation. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Organizer(s):
Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Francesco Tonini, Yue Dou, Hongbo Yang – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, USA
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 9 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fee:
$60
Description:

Landscapes and people in different places across the world are increasingly interconnected, both ecologically and socioeconomically. To understand and manage such complex interconnections, a new integrated framework of telecoupling is proposed (http://telecoupling.org). Telecouplings are socioeconomic and ecological interactions between multiple places over distances. They occur through payment for ecosystem services, trade, water transfer, foreign investment, migration, and tourism. They also emerge when information flows, organisms disperse, species invade, and diseases spread. The award-winning framework of telecoupling emphasizes reciprocal cross-scale and cross-border interactions (e.g., feedbacks). Telecouplings have profound implications for landscape sustainability as they can transform landscape structure, function, pattern, process, and dynamics. They pose new global challenges and offer exciting new opportunities for the landscape ecology community. In this workshop, we will introduce the telecoupling framework, present applications of the framework, and conduct hands-on exercises with the new Telecoupling Toolbox, a free and open-source suite of spatially-explicit tools for describing and quantifying telecouplings. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to apply the framework and toolbox to their socio-environmental issues of interest. Programming skills are not required for this workshop. Note: registration fee does not include lunch; lunch is on your own. 

Intended Audience:
The target audience encompasses attendees at any career stage and with a variety of interests, such as landscape change, climate change, natural resource policy and governance, biodiversity, ecology, and landscape patterns and processes.
Organizer(s):
Anna Petrasova, Payam Tabrizian, Brendan Harmon, Vaclav Petras, Helena Mitasova, Ross Meentemeyer – NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 9 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fee:
$60
Description:

We will run an interactive workshop presenting innovative technologies bridging landscape ecology and landscape architecture. In this workshop participants will learn, use, and apply tangible geospatial modeling and immersive virtual environments to understand and explore ecological issues. We will introduce Tangible Landscape, a technology that links an interactive physical model with GRASS GIS and Blender through a real-time cycle of interaction, 3D scanning, geospatial computation, and 3D rendering. Through hands-on interaction, participants will solve 1) a simple planting design problem exploring trade-offs between environmental processes (such water flow and erosion) and aesthetics, and 2) a more complex problem dealing with habitat connectivity and human experience. As part of the workshop, we will introduce participants to GRASS GIS, an open source scientific platform for geoprocessing, and Blender, an open-source 3D modeling, simulation, and game-engine platform. With Blender you can intuitively interact with GIS data and generate lifelike renderings of natural and urban landscapes for immersive virtual environments. Participants will learn how to prepare data, build physical models and develop workflows so that they can use emerging, open source technologies for stakeholder engagement and participatory design. Note: lunch is not included in the registration fee; lunch is on your own. 

Intended Audience:
professionals, students, ecosystem modelers, landscape architects, GIS analysts
Organizer(s):
Peter Vogt, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 9 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fee:
$60
Description:

GuidosToolbox provides a variety of digital image processing techniques for the description and analysis of raster image objects. A series of modules are available to investigate different thematic topics including pattern, network connectivity, fragmentation, distance analysis and influence zones, cost analysis and restoration assessment, naturalness, and post-classification change detection. Additional modules allow for generation of input files for graph-theory applications, generic image analysis and processing tools, dedicated pre- and post-processing utilities, batch-processing routines for automated data processing, and map publishing in GoogleEarth. GuidosToolbox is used by a variety of organizations, for example the European Commission, the US-EPA, and the USDA Forest Service.  The workshop will provide a feature overview and outline the motivation for new ways of image analysis. Different processing options are shown to illustrate the features of several image analysis options for a series of application fields. In the second part of the workshop participants will conduct hands-on exercises. Custom sample data sets are provided to learn using the software as well as to discuss and evaluate the various processing options. Note: lunch is not included in the registration fee; lunch is on your own. 

Intended Audience:
students, landscape ecologists, landscape planners, digital data analysts
Organizer(s):
Sumithra Sriram, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; Falk Huettmann, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Fairbanks, Alaska
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 9 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fee:
$35
Description:

An extensive number of GIS layers are frequently used in Species Distribution Models (SDM) based on machine learning algorithms like MaxENT that use methods including bagging, boosting and ensembles. Such models tend to be at the frontier of Landscape Ecology and Conservation. However, their potenial is not yet widely recognized. Here we will make 100+ global GIS layers available to participants of this half-day workshop. Participants will learn how to effectively deal with required steps, data sources, reasoning and justification of data-heavy inference. Rather than asking questions about whether 10 predictors are sufficient in SDMs, this workshop will discuss SDMs and data mining from the angle of why not use the 100+ GIS predictors publically available worldwide as standard ‘best available science’ in Landscape Ecology? Participants will learn and discuss the wider reasoning behind such applications, the underlying data cube (Worldclim, IPCC, regional climate models, Landcover, Altitude and derived layers, Landscape Metrics, Landform variables,  proximity layers, socio-economic data, GBIF), and what approach and philosophy drives SDM applications using Open Source GIS and similar GIS and (R) code.   

Intended Audience:
Students and Professionals

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Organizer(s):
Falk Huettmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor -EWHALE lab- Inst. of Arctic Biology, Biology & Wildlife Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 11 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fee:
$35
Description:

R is the analytical platform of choice for many research projects. However, the graphics components are not so easy to master for many users, specifically for landscape ecology applications and research publications. Arguing with statistical output requires sophistication and good knowledge. While the learning curve is steep for some users, using R to create graphics can save time throughout the research and review process. This half-day workshop will provide an overview of how to craft publication quality plots and maps using R. This session will demonstrate how to create effective R graphics for most statistical outputs (box & fiddle plots, frequency distribution curves, confidence intervals and standard errors, various bar graphs, linear regression lines and overlaid smoothers, diagnostic plots, clusters) including labeling, axes and range manipulations, subsetting, color choices, and multi-panel graph designs. This session then moves briefly into how to best visualize the results of classification and regression trees, partition tree plots, varclust, and bagging and boosting. Next, it focuses on GIS maps (point, polyline and polygon shapefiles, raster maps, merged products from GPS and online maps) with specific DPI’s for scientific publications and visualizations. Creating various 3-dimensional figures gets covered as well (profiles, spheric and needle plots, rotations, some TIN surfaces), and some time is devoted to introduce TRELLIS plots and other advanced features. Besides others, the ggplot2 package will be discussed for many graphic operations. While the focus of this workshop is not really on how to create ‘artistic’ outputs, it will enable participants to solve their technical graphics problems in R on their own and find good strategies on how to obtain a statistically valid and convincing output all  created by repeatable R code.     (Please note that this workshop is not directly hands-on for all applications, but participants can re-produce all the approaches and code presented during or after the workshop. Use of personal laptops equipped with R to run the code during this session is encouraged. In case participants see specific and new topics to present on for general interest to this workshop, please contact the organizer any time for details)

Intended Audience:
All
Organizer(s):
Payam Tabrizian, PhD student, College of Design, North Carolina State University; Perver Baran, Research Associate Professor, Center for Geospatial analytics, North Carolina University; Saeed Ahmadi, PhD student, College of Design, North Carolina State U
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 11 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fee:
$35
Description:

Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) technology has enabled a major leap forward for research focused on assessing human perception and preferences in relations to different landscape structures and configurations. In this workshop, attendees will get introduced to IVE and its application for ecological planning and design research and will learn how to capture, develop and display IVEs for research purposes.     The workshop will proceed in three steps. After a providing brief overview of the IVE technology, we will present three research case-studies to demonstrate how it can be used as a method to collect various human response-data such as surveys, rating, ranking. Following the presentation, we will invite attendees to have an interactive experience with working demos of the presented case-studies. Finally, we will provide step-by-step tutorial for 1) image acquisition using a DSL camera mounted on a Robotic-arm, 2) stitching the images to create 360 panoramas, and 3) Using a virtual reality programming software to display panoramas in head-mounted-displays 4) parametrizing an available script to setup an experiment. For a more engaging learning experience, we will setup the image acquisition (Gigapan Epic-pro Robot) and IVE (Oculus DK2, CV1) hardware to capture and display the workshop venue as an evolving example.

Intended Audience:
Students and professionals. No expertise requirements.
Organizer(s):
Audrey Mayer, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan Technological University; Chair, US-IALE Policy Committee
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 11 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Fee:
$35
Description:

Recent events in the United States and the world have emphasized that there are significant obstacles to creating and implementing policies that are “evidence-based” using the best available science. As scientists, we often grapple with our role in the policy process, striving to toe the line between advocating for our science and politicizing it. In this moderated discussion, we will learn from a panel of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows who have experience with infusing policy with ecological science. The AAAS Fellows include:

  • Pamela Collins: 2015-2017 AAAS S&RP Fellow hosted by the Institute for Water Resources, USACE; ecosystem restoration, coastal resilience, ecosystem services
  • Margaret Murphy: 2015-17 AAAS S&TP Fellow hosted by the Office of Water, US EPA; ecotoxicology
  • Adam Rosenblatt: 2016-17 AAAS S&TP Fellow hosted by Office of Biological & Environmental Research, Department of Energy; climate change
  • Dilip Venugopal: 2015-2017 AAAS S&TP Fellow hosted by Office of Air & Radiation, US EPA; sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, air quality and health
  • Emily Weeks: 2015-2017 AAAS S&T Fellow hosted by the Bureau for Food Security, USAID; land tenure, resource rights and natural resource management, conservation science, climate smart agriculture

The panelists will discuss best practices for communicating with our Congressional representatives, how and when to work with federal agencies, how science informs policy and vice versa, and how we can design and communicate our research to support the work of our government at all levels. A recent brief interview with Paul Cairney, “How to be heard” (Science, Vol 355(6325), p. 572), will provide a good introduction to the issues that will be discussed (we will have copies available at the workshop).

Intended Audience:
All
Organizer(s):
Brian Pickard, NCSU, US-IALE Student Representative; Vaclav Petras, NCSU; Anna Petrasova, NCSU; Rose Graves, UW-Madision, US-IALE Student Representative
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 11 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fee:
$0
Description:

In this workshop we will introduce GRASS GIS 7, a free and open source scientific platform for geoprocessing. The workshop will provide a step by step tutorial to guide beginners from basic raster and vector analysis to more complex topics such as landscape structure analysis, lidar data processing, and spatio-temporal data handling and visualization. Participants will also learn how to use GRASS GIS with Python to optimize their workflows, and how to leverage the integration of R with GRASS GIS for statistical analysis. No prior knowledge of GRASS GIS, Python or R is required.

Intended Audience:
Students