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26 Jul Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 31 August 2023

In Antarctica emperor penguins are the species most at risk from climate change. Up until a decade ago our understanding of the species was hindered by the logistical challenges of studying a species which lives in one of the harshest places on earth. But since then advances in our use of satellite imagery has enabled us to find, count and monitor the birds, transforming it from one of the least studied species in Antarctica to one of the best.

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20 Jun Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 20 July 2023

Reliable supply of safe drinking water is vital for human health. Despite this, there is no consistent nationwide spatial dataset of water distribution zones (WDZ) for Aotearoa New Zealand (A-NZ). In this talk, we will outline the development of a nationwide geospatial dataset of WDZ using data compiled from the 67 district and city councils in A-NZ. We will also outline several early use cases for the WDZ dataset.

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03 May Video: Ōtautahi Christchurch: the water city?

Watch: Ōtautahi Christchurch: the water city? A short documentary starring Prof Matthew Wilson (GRI-UC) and Dr John Reid (Ngāi Tahu Research Centre-UC) talking about Christchurch, its geography, history of floods and what to expect under climate change. Watch on RNZ now. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/488581/watch-otautahi-christchurch-the-water-city

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03 May Fourth Spatial Data Science Symposium

Dear Spatial Data Science Community,   SDSS 2023 is a FREE distributed/online symposium that brings together researchers from academia, industry, non-profits, and government from all over the world. NZ participants are welcome to join the UC symposium hub. Groups of participants will meet at the…

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Joanne Lee - Master student

27 Mar UC Master’s mapping reveals geographical cavities

After several years as an oral health therapist in Ashburton, Joanne Lee, who graduates from UC this week with a Master’s in Health Science, was inspired to complete her postgraduate studies after noticing inequalities in access to dental care.   Click here to read more…

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20 Mar Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 20 April 2023

The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), emit radio signals in the L-band to enable precise positioning on the Earth’s surface. GNSS has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives, underpinning location-based technologies from traffic routing to precision agriculture. These GNSS “signals of opportunity” have been used in novel space borne missions such as CyGNSS (Cyclone GNSS), which is primarily designed to observe the ocean surface under tropical cyclone systems. However, signals reflected from the land surface have been found to sensitive to soil moisture and surface water, providing a valuable additional source of data.

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14 Dec Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 25 November 2022 – Recorded

In the past, there has been a disconnect and little collaboration between the people and organizations doing work on plant pathogens that cause myrtle rust and kauri dieback. This has stymied progress in the management of plant pathogens and diseases, and is still unclear where they occur or not. Here we introduce the principles and methodologies of the Mātauranga Māori Framework for surveillance (MMFS) for plant pathogens.

Video recording available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Czj2fB_1iU&list=PLJymSfBIuEWKYLJbi6LzyiRXKtAQBbcH3&index=4

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