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Save the date and celebrate GIS day with us at the 2018 Spatial Forum! The UMN Spatial Forum is a yearly event highlighting spatial research, teaching, and outreach. This event is free and open to the public and features lighting talks, conversation, and the Borchert Lecture. This lecture series honors the late John Borchert, UMN Regents Professor in Geography & member of the National Academy of Sciences. This event is co-sponsored by the MGIS program and Geography, Environment and Society Department.

12:00-1:30pm Lightning Talks 
1:30 - 2:00pm Vendors and hors d’ oeuvres
2:00-2:45pm Panel on GIS in Data Science
2:45-3:15pm Design with Nature 50 year anniversary
3:15-4:00pm Reception - Hors d'oeuvres & GIS Day cake served
4:00-5:00 pm Borchert Lecture
5:00-7:00pm Networking event

Borchert Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist, will give the Borchert lecture this year.

Dawn Wright at their desk with Sponge Bob figurines


“Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability in the Ocean”

Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability in the Ocean will begin with a brief history of how the ocean has been mapped from ancient times to the present. But Dr. Wright will also explain how modern-day mapping systems have become increasingly intelligent. These systems are changing what we measure, how we analyze, what predictions we make, how we plan and regulate, how we design, how we evaluate and ultimately how we manage it all. And yet “here be monsters!” There remain compelling challenges in coping with both the over abundance and paucity of data in the ocean, its multidimensionality, and how to make it accessible to the myriad audiences in great need of it.