Geospatial Forum

The Geospatial Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and students of the geospatial sciences in an exciting series of lively presentations and discussions of frontiers in geospatial analytics for solutions to environmental and societal challenges. Come exchange ideas with each other and our distinguished guest speakers as they share their latest research, experiences, and applications in geospatial analytics.

Everyone is welcome! Members of the public can find parking information through the NC State Transportation Office; the nearest hourly pay lots to Jordan Hall are located at the Weisiger-Brown Athletic Facility and Avent Ferry. Many free Wolfline bus routes provide service to Jordan Hall at the Morill Drive/Faucette Drive stop, including Routes 1, 5, 7, 8 and 9; Routes 1, 8, 9 and 11 also stop a short walk northwest of Jordan Hall at the Dan Allen Drive/Hodges Building stop. Live bus information is available at

The Forum is a Wolfpack Certified Sustainable event. As part of our sustainability efforts, we encourage attendees to please bring your own cup, mug, or thermos for coffee and tea.

Would you like to receive email announcements about upcoming Forums? Join the Geospatial Forum listserv! To sign up, send an email to John Vogler ( with the subject line “Add to Geospatial Forum listserv.”

Would you like to add the Geospatial Forum to your Google Calendar? Follow this link to the public calendar and click the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the bottom right corner. The Geospatial Forum calendar will then appear under “Other Calendars” in your account.

Geospatial Forums are recorded and generally available on YouTube within 48 hours. Recordings of presentations dating back to 2014 are also available on iTunes U.

At-a-glance schedule, Fall 2018

The center hosts the Forum on most Thursdays during Fall and Spring semesters (note schedule below) at 3:30-4:30pm in 5103 Jordan Hall, NC State Central Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and coffee are served at 3:00 pm in the 5th Floor lobby. Check the program below for topics that may interest you. We hope to see you at a future Forum!

Current Semester Geospatial Forum Schedule
Date Day Time Presenter
Sep 06 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Mark Friedl
Sep 20 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic
Oct 18 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Casey Dietrich
Nov 01 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Michael Starek
Nov 29 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Natalie Nelson
Dec 06 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Nicholas Clinton

Dr. Mark Friedl

Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environment – Boston University; hosted by Dr. Josh Gray

Changes in Temperate and Boreal Forests Based on Three Decades of Landsat ImageryAbstract

Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management – Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics – NC State University; hosted by Dr. Aaron Hipp

Why Participatory Research Needs Geospatial AnalyticsAbstract

Dr. Casey Dietrich

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering – NC State University; hosted by Dr. Natalie Nelson

Downscaling and Extrapolation of Hurricane Flooding Forecasts to Support Decision-MakingAbstract

Dr. Michael Starek

Associate Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi; hosted by Dr. Helena Mitasova

Eyes in the Sky: UAS over South TexasAbstract

Dr. Natalie Nelson

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering – Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics – NC State University; hosted by Dr. Eric Money

Basins to Blooms: Modeling Drivers and Consequences of Nutrient Loading in Fresh and Coastal WatersAbstract

Dr. Nicholas Clinton

Developer Advocate – Google; hosted by Dr. James McCarter

Geospatial Processing in the Cloud with Google Earth EngineAbstract

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