Field Trips, Workshops & Networking Events

AAG 2018 New Orleans Coding workshop Expand your knowledge, learn something new, or create new connections in a field trip, workshop, or networking event during your annual meeting experience. Sign up early, as space is limited. To register, visit the registration page and login to add these events to your cart.

Field Trips

F2_1 Visit a historic Seattle Map store in the Pike Place Market
Thursday, April 8, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Organizers: John Loacker, Randall Keating, MJ Brown
Metsker Maps and Kroll Map have both been active in the Northwest for over 100 years. Metsker would like to welcome you virtually to their iconic store in the heart of the Pike Place Market. 14 blocks north and two blocks south of the Space Needle is the Kroll Map Company.

F3_1 Urban Design Downtown--an exploration of Seattle's center city
Friday, April 9, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Lyle Bicknell 
This virtual tour will focus on the cultural, economic, and geological forces that have shaped Seattle's built environment. Strategies for keeping Seattle livable despite rapid growth will be explored.

Workshops

W1_1 Teaching Physical Geography in Dynamic Ways with Web Mapping Tools and Spatial Data
Wednesday, April 7, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Joseph Kerski, Angela Lee
Capacity: 100
Online data portals, cloud-based spatial analytics, and the integration of Learning Management Systems with web mapping multimedia present today’s instructor with ways of dynamically teaching physical geography. Natural hazards, landforms, marine and terrestrial ecoregions, weather, climate, and interactive maps and imagery can be employed to teach core change-over-space-and-time concepts. ArcGIS Online and map applications can be used in online and F2F courses on any device with no installs. Students build skills in spatial and critical thinking, and present research results using story maps and other tools that can be easily assessed by the instructor and used in portfolios. 

W1_2 Self-Onboarding Strategies to Thrive in Your New Job Now and Your Career 
Wednesday, April 7, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Research shows that new employee onboarding is critical for successfully adjusting to a new job and also for building a more satisfying career; however, most organizations fail to provide adequate onboarding. This workshop will provide a set of self-onboarding strategies that can complement the process that an organization may have in place, or serve as a new job survival kit if you’re on your own as a new hire.

W1_3 Add Web GIS and Mobile GIS to Your Curriculum 
Wednesday, April 7, 11:10 AM – 12:25 PM
Organizer: Pinde Fu, Angela Lee, 
Capacity: 100
In the COVID era, society needs web and mobile technology more than ever. Students love these new technologies. Today’s GIS curriculum needs to address not only society’s growing demands, but also engage students’ interests in new technologies. This workshop will help professors incorporate the latest ArcGIS technology advances in teaching Web GIS and mobile GIS. It will present the book ‘Getting to Know Web GIS’ and the experience of author Pinde Fu teaching Web GIS and Mobile GIS at Harvard Extension and other universities using this book. The body of knowledge, important concepts, frontiers in Web & Mobile GIS, and latest advances in several GIS apps and capabilities will be presented.

W2_1 A New Website for Educations: Introduction to Imagery and Remote Sensing
Thursday, April 8, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Organizers: Delphine Khanna, Angela Lee
Capacity: 100
Esri’s new website 'Introduction to Imagery and Remote Sensing' offers a growing body of materials for higher education. It includes a mix of hands-on labs, interactive web apps, and overview slides covering fundamental concepts. It proposes a variety of activities on engaging topics, from visualizing a volcanic eruption, to measuring a shrinking lake with unsupervised classification, assessing hail damage with the SAVI index, working with drone imagery, extracting information from a lidar point cloud, applying deep learning to imagery, analyzing temporal data, and much more! In this presentation, we will give an overview of the site and its content. 

W2_2 Introduction to Deep Learning for Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Data 
Thursday, April 8, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Organizers: Benoit Parmentier, Marco Millones, Hichem Omrani
Capacity: 20
This workshop aims to introduce Deep Learning for satellite imagery and geospatial data. The workshop will focus on hands-on computer labs that will introduce concept and methods used in Deep Learning using python and Keras. In particular, we will increase complexity of Deep Learning Neural Network architecture by exploring first Dense Neural Network, Convolutional Network for classification and the encoder-decoder structure (U-net). Example applications may include Land use/Land cover, image classification labeling and semantic segmentation. Participants can expect to learn about pipeline steps used to develop Deep Learning network and various associated concepts.

W2_3 Multivariate Mapping with ArcGIS Pro 
Thursday, April 8, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Aileen Buckley, Angela Lee, John Nelson
Capacity: 100
As noted in the UCGIS Body of Knowledge (https://gistbok.ucgis.org/bok-topics/multivariate-mapping), “multivariate maps encode two or more data variables concurrently into a single symbolization mechanism. Their purpose is to reveal relationships between the variables that might not otherwise be apparent via a standard single-variable technique.” Through demonstrations of multivariate mapping methods available in ArcGIS Pro, this workshop describes some key types of multivariate maps, the rationale for their use, considerations for their design, and their relative merits. It also provides guidance on how to take an informed and balanced approach to multivariate map making by weighing information density against visual complexity (BoK).

W2_4 The Visible Geographer: Publicizing Your Work Beyond the Academy 
Thursday, April 8, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Emily Fekete, Coline Dony
Capacity: 100
Making the work of geographers more visible starts with you! This workshop is meant to help articulate your geography projects, products, perspectives, or findings across different forms of media. This workshop, for participants in any stage of their career from students to later career professionals, will cover: 
•  New measures for academic performance (alt-metrics)
•  How to identify a target audience whether you are at the idea, implementation, or outcomes phase
•  Ways to create or develop your persona (off- and online)
•  Suggestions for where to seek opportunities to expand your reach (op-eds, calls from reporters, etc.)
Plus, provide a space to engage with other participants to share personal experiences. 

W2_5 Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers in Geography
Thursday, April 8, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Mark Revell 
Capacity: 100
Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment (Pearson 2013) as a resource, the workshop facilitators -- who are contributing authors to the book -- will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then work through these exercises, sharing ideas about how to adapt them to the needs of their own students and institutions. This workshop is suitable for educators at all grade levels and career stages.

W2_6 Multivariate Mapping with ArcGIS Online 
Thursday, April 8, 11:10 AM – 12:25 PM
Organizers: Aileen Buckley, Angela Lee, John Nelson
Capacity: 100
Multivariate maps encode two or more data variables concurrently into a single symbolization mechanism to reveal relationships between variables that might not otherwise be apparent (UCGIS Body of Knowledge, https://gistbok.ucgis.org/bok-topics/multivariate-mapping). Framed within a discussion of the questions that can be answered with different types and numbers of variables, we demonstrate that the multivariate mapping methods available in ArcGIS Online may seem complicated but are in fact simple. Our discussions and demonstrations balance this ease of mapping with cautionary guidance on how to take an informed and balanced approach to multivariate map design by weighing information density against visual complexity (BoK).

W2_7 Spatial Data Science with GIS 
Thursday, April 8, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Organizers: Gregory Brunner, Angela Lee
Capacity: 100
Spatial data science is the integration of GIS tools with data science methodologies. It enables analysts to extract deeper insight through spatially enabled analytical methods and algorithms, including machine learning and deep learning. ArcGIS is a spatial data science platform that integrates data science tools like Jupyter notebooks and Python libraries. In this session, we will demonstrate ArcGIS Notebooks. We will review the customizations to Jupyter that integrate GIS and mapping functionality directly into the ArcGIS Notebook environment and the python libraries included in ArcGIS Notebooks. We will demonstrate spatial data science techniques for human geography, such as demographics, and physical geography, such as remote sensing and oceanography.

W2_8 Walking the Tightrope: Practical Ideas for Women to Advocate for Themselves and Others
Thursday, April 8, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Organizers: Patricia Solis, Elizabeth Wentz
Capacity: 100
Join us for the seventh annual workshop in a series of themes addressing career advancement and success for women in Geography. This year’s workshop will be a virtual one where we will explore practical ideas for women in geography and GIS to integrate Self-Advocacy into career advancement. Research consistently shows that men self-advocate and self-promote more often than women, which potentially leads to differential career outcomes. The question is - how and when should women self-advocate more often? The workshop will introduce discussions andtools towards a self-advocacy mindset for envisioning career advancement, managing uncertainty, solving problems, and seeking new experiences. Whether it is negotiating for salaries or raises, or advocating for broader improvements in the professional landscape, thismindset fosters clear communication, asset management, and success.

W2_9 Extract Insights from Imagery Using Deep Learning in ArcGIS 
Thursday, April 8, 3:05 PM – 4:20 PM
Organizers: David Yu, Angela Lee, Vinay Viswarmbharan
Capacity: 100
Deep learning is an implementation of artificial intelligence that leverages deep neural networks to tackle difficult problems in computer vision. ArcGIS supports various imagery deep learning capabilities in both ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS API for Python. These capabilities empower the user to automate the task of insight extraction from nadir or oblique imagery, including asset extraction, pixel classification, feature categorization and so on. In this workshop, we will cover the necessary steps to perform end-to-end analysis using deep learning within ArcGIS, from data pre-processing to visualization. After this session, you should be familiar with the different types of deep learning workflows in ArcGIS and how you can train a model to perform large scale feature extraction over your imagery data.

W3_1 Teaching Cultural Geography in Dynamic Ways with Web Mapping Tools and Spatial Data 
Friday, April 9, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Organizers: Joseph Kerski, Angela Lee
Capacity: 100
Online data portals, cloud-based spatial analytics, and the integration of Learning Management Systems with web mapping multimedia present today’s instructor with ways of dynamically teaching cultural geography. Demographic and behavioral data, land use, and interactive maps and imagery can be employed to teach core change-over-space-and-time concepts. ArcGIS Online and map applications can be used in online and F2F courses on any device with no installs. Students build skills in spatial and critical thinking, and present research results using story maps and other tools that can be easily assessed by the instructor and used in portfolios. 

W3_2 Teaching with ArcGIS Pro 
Friday, April 9, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Canserina Kurnia, Angela Lee, Mark Stewart
Capacity: 100
Geospatial professionals in various industries have adopted ArcGIS Pro as a desktop application that is part of a Web GIS pattern. In this workshop, we will cover questions and concerns which typically arise as we consider ArcGIS Pro for the classroom. Discussion will involve learning curve, latest capabilities, licensing, hardware and virtualization, job market demands, numerous resources for teaching, and migrating course contents.

W3_2 GISCI & the GISP – An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession
Friday, April 9, 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Organizers: Mark Revell 
Capacity: 100
Individuals attending this workshop will receive information on the various facets of a professional career, especially from a geospatial perspective. Included will be a discussion of certification and professional credentials in general, and the GISP, specifically, and how this area can help an individual succeed early and throughout one's career.

W3_3 Making Space for Time: Robust Workflows for Incorporating Time into GIS Analyses 
Friday, April 9, 11:10 AM – 12:25 PM
Organizers: Kevin Butler, Angela Lee, Neeti Nayak
Capacity: 100
Geographers explore and model an increasingly complex and changing world. In this workshop, you’ll learn new ways to analyze time-enabled datasets to glean patterns across space and time. We’ll explore techniques for creating, managing, analyzing, and visualizing time-enabled spatial data using new data structures and tools in ArcGIS Pro. Analysis examples will include vector based population data and raster based pollution data.

W4_1 Metrics that Make a Difference: How to Analyze Change and Error with Applications to Land Change Science and GIS 
Saturday, April 10, 8:00 AM – 11:00AM 
Organizer: Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr
Capacity: 300
This workshop concerns how to measure temporal change and predictive error for a variety of applications, in particular Land Change Science and GIS. We discuss how to avoid common blunders and to use enlightening techniques such as the Total Operating Characteristic and Difference Components. Participants range from students to senior scientists. The workshop focuses on concepts, not on specific software, thus participants do not need to use computers in the workshop. Participants are entitled to a 50% discount on a general or academic license of the GIS software TerrSet (clarklabs.org). Professor Pontius has presented workshops in 17 countries (www.clarku.edu/~rpontius/).

Networking Events

N1_1 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 1 of 6)
Wednesday, April 7th, 8:00am – 9:15am
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N1_2 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 2 of 6)
Wednesday, April 7th, 1:30 pm – 2:45pm
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N1_3 Reflect and Connect Hour, hosted by GSAG
Wednesday, April 7th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Organizers: Joshua Merced
Capacity: 25

N2_1 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 3 of 6)
Thursday, April 8th, 8:00am – 9:15am
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N2_2 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 4 of 6)
Thursday, April 8th, 1:30 pm – 2:45pm
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N2_3 Reflect and Connect Hour, hosted by GSAG 
Thursday, April 8th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Organizers: Joshua Merced
Capacity: 25

N2_4 Geo-Kahoot! 
Thursday, April 8th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Organizers: Richard Quodomine
Capacity: 50

N2_5 Transportation Geography Specialty Group Virtual Happy Hour 
Thursday, April 8th, 4:40pm – 5:55pm
Organizers: Bradley Lane
Capacity: 50

N2_6 Community College Happy Hour - Chat about our joys and challenges of being a Community College Geographer 
Thursday, April 8th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Organizers: Marissa Wald
Capacity: 50

N3_1 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 5 of 6)
Friday, April 9th, 8:00am – 9:15am
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N3_2 Feminist Geographies Specialty Group Book Celebration
Friday, April 9th, 9:00am – 10:30am
Organizers: Emily Billo
Capacity: 40

N3_4 OUTSTEPS - A Post-Session Geography Mixer for Anyone Interested in Building Regional Networks
Friday, April 9th, 12:25pm – 2:00pm
Organizers: Chris Renschler
Capacity: 50

N3_5 Reflect and Connect Hour, hosted by GSAG
Friday, April 9th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Organizers: Joshua Merced
Capacity: 25

N4_1 Career Mentoring (Opportunity 6 of 6)
Saturday, April 10th, 8:00am – 9:15am
Organizers: Mark Revell
Capacity: 100
Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals representing the business, government, nonprofit, and academic/educational sectors to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more.

N4_2: Reflect and Connect Hour, hosted by GSAG 
Saturday, April 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Organizers: Joshua Merced
Capacity: 25

N4_3: Energy Geography Coffee Hour 
Saturday, April 10th, 9:15am – 10:30am
Organizers: Marissa Bell
Capacity: 40