2022 Conference Abstracts

Keynote Mapping Inequality – Justin Madron, University of Richmond

This talk will focus on the project “Mapping Inequality” which allows users to explore the 200 infamous redlining maps and approximately 7,000 area descriptions produced by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), a New Deal agency, between 1935 and 1940. These color-coded maps graphically represented what the federal government considered the “security risk”—the relative risk to banks and lenders in providing mortgages—of neighborhoods in more than 200 American cities on a scale from A “Best” (green) to D “Hazardous” (red, thus the term redlining). This risk was defined in explicitly racial terms. The accompanying area descriptions record the “infiltration” of “undesirable” populations, specifically the “foreign-born” and “Negroes.” Not all redlined areas were neighborhoods of color, but all African American neighborhoods with singular exceptions were assigned D, red grades. Redlining had enormous long-term consequences, helping to channel private and public capital to white families through homeownership and effectively denying such access to African Americans and other Americans of color.

To date, Mapping Inequality has focused on the federal survey program which limited itself to cities with populations of at least 40,000. Some state HOLC offices adopted and adapted the techniques used in the national survey program to produce maps for smaller cities. We will explore what this means for the research and the conversation around redlining.  

The Letchworth State Park Atlas: A preview and behind-the-scenes look – Stephen Tulowiecki, SUNY Geneseo

With waterfalls, cliffs, and autumn foliage, Letchworth State Park is one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the eastern US, attracting one million visitors per year. Modern tourists primarily visit the park to appreciate its scenery – but the park has a long, complex, and contentious history spanning back to Native American settlement. This presentation highlights the creation of The Letchworth State Park Atlas containing over one-hundred pages of maps, available from SUNY Press in August 2022.

Exposure to pesticides and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in and around Monroe County, NYTheodros Woldeyohannes, University of New Mexico

Associations have been observed between exposure to pesticide application and HCC. Pesticide-cancer associations are complex given external environmental and biological factors. Spatial analysis can help in understanding this complexity. Using NYS cancer and pesticide data, this study developed a GIS model to investigate the possibility of spatial correlation between pesticide application and HCC sites and other associated cancers in NYS, with a focus on the region around Monroe county.

Use of i-Tree Canopy for Estimating Carbon Sequestration in Cortland County, NY – Christopher A. Badurek, SUNY Courtland

Carbon sequestration tools are an important component of greenhouse gas inventories used in reports on college campus, city, and state level reports on sustainability. GIS-based carbon sequestration estimation tools are relatively new and the reliability of the latest iteration of the most widely available tool (i-Tree Canopy v. 7.0) has not yet been studied. This study examines the utility of the i-Tree carbon sequestration methodology at varying spatial scales.

Large Floor Map of New York State Justin Cole, University of Wisconsin Madison

In 2019 GIS/SIG Purchased a National Geographic Floor Map of New York State for our members to utilize in K-12 Geospatial Lessons. WIn this presentation we will explore the map, its included workbook, and a fun activity. We will also cover how to sign out the map and how we hope the map activities will grow as everyone uses it.

ArcGIS: What’s New, Trending, and On The Roadmap Mark Scott, ESRI

Mark Scott, Senior Solution Engineer at Esri will talk about new and trending topics in ArcGIS Pro, Enterprise, Online, Apps, Solutions, and more.

The Power of Real Time GIS Visualization and AnalyticsGerard Aiken and Krithica Kantharaj, ESRI

View how organizations use IoT to analyze real-time data from sensors, devices, and social media feeds. Discover the hidden patterns in massive datasets by applying spatiotemporal analytics that utilizes distributed computing. Gain situational awareness from streaming data by tracking assets or stationary sensors using location based analytic tools. Focus on event real-time monitoring and big data analytics to make the right decision at the right time.

Using GIS in community-academia-media collaboration Justin Murphy, Democrat and Chronicle

I used QGIS to gather and present data on tree canopy, health outcomes, air quality and demographics (Census) as part of a set of stories for the Democrat and Chronicle on the urban tree canopy. My work is also being supported by the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s health reporting fellowship. I have collaborated with academics at UR and Stanford and also worked directly with community groups and government to ensure that my stories about tree canopy inequality lead to action.

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