Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS)

The Geospatial Research Institute is pleased to host Dr Tim Davie, Chief Scientist at Environment Canterbury. Tim trained as a Geographer at the University of Otago and then did his PhD in Hydrology at the University of Bristol, UK. His career has spanned from academia to a Regional Council via a Crown Research Institute; always linked by valuing science and the data underpinning it.


Room 263, Ernest Rutherford Building


  • Networking lunch:  12:30-13:00
  • Seminar:   13:00-14:00


All are welcome!


Summary: Regional Councils collect a lot of environmental data. We’re good at it and it is hugely valuable to our policy decisions and general environmental management. A recent valuation of the Environment Canterbury hydrological database was $4.2 billion, based on a mixture of the collection costs and the value of decisions made with those data. With all that data comes the challenge of data management and more importantly; how to tell a coherent story of “what’s going on”. This seminar will set out the types of data collected by Environment Canterbury and discuss possibilities for telling environmental stories in a better way.




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