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Geospatial Analytics Dissertation Defense: Jason Matney

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June 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

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Title: Emerging Computing Trends, Web GIS Tools and Forecasting Methods for Geospatial Environmental Decision Support in Service of Complex Land Management Challenges

Co-advisors: Dr. Stacy Supak, Teaching Assistant Professor, Center for Geospatial Analytics; Dr. Stacy Nelson, Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics and Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources


Abstract: As anthropogenic ecological pressures become more pressing, land managers face increasingly complex decision support needs. In this dissertation, I contribute to an emerging body of research surrounding advances in distributed and cloud computing, web GIS tools, and protected land visitation forecasting in support of these needs. First, I analyze the emerging computing trends, configurations and methods influencing real-time geospatial analytics through the framework of historical web mapping eras. Second, I describe the development and deployment of a web-based decision support tool that incorporates geospatial project management strategies within the U.S. National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Third, I compare monthly visitor forecasting methods using geotagged social media data, which supports management efforts to balance protected area visitor experiences and ecological conservation goals.

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June 20, 2019
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Jordan Addition 1214
2800 Faucette Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States

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