Jul 8, 2020 to Jul 10, 2020, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA
Pre-Conference workshops: Tuesday July 7, 2020
Conservation GIS is a powerful tool for understanding our world through scientific analysis and creative visual imagery. Our work has evolved beyond data linked to geographic coordinates. Through cartography we communicate a story about place. These images speak to the audience and of the map maker, and give us a richer understanding of the relationship between people and the planet.
In the creative process we make important decisions on what we emphasize and how we present it. Maps can convey elements of cultural value to illustrate critical connections to the land and seascape. A map preserves cultural heritage and ways of seeing within a community. Maps may convey threats to a local watershed to advocate for regional government protection, convey the global impacts from catastrophic fires for public education, or illustrate the impacts of melting sea ice to international decision makers. Maps are becoming ever more mainstream to drive conservation impact.
Mr. Jim Enote is CEO of the Colorado Plateau Foundation. While working as director of the Zuni Tribes A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Cultural Center, Mr. Enote oversaw the Zuni Map Art Project. Zuni artists challenge western concepts of mapping creating a series of pieces that celebrate elements of deep cultural value and cultural connections to the landscape. This work challenges us to think differently about what a map is, its role in capturing cultural stories and how communities share their connection to the land in the future.
Dr. Travis Belote is a Lead Ecologist from The Wilderness Society. Among his areas of research, he investigates the impacts of climate change on landscapes. Dr. Belote continues to develop analytical methods to look at the latest scientific data such as representation, relative wildness, and connectivity in light of projected climate change. His results are crafted into a carefully curated series of maps to guide us through a story of how we can look at a landscape to assist in setting priorities for conservation.
How do you use geospatial systems to share knowledge about places you work to protect or causes you advocate for? We invite you to come and share your stories.
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Mr. Jim Enote & Dr. Travis Belote
Colorado Plateau Foundation & The Wilderness Society
Important Dates and Deadlines
Call for Abstracts: due by March 27, 2020
Early Bird offer: ends March 27, 2020
Map and App Gallery submissions: due by June 3rd, 2020
About Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA