Join us for the KGS Annual Seminar

Thu, May 20, 2021

11:40 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

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The seminar is free, but registration is required so we can manage the meeting efficiently. If you've already registered, you don't need to register again. Information about accessing the virtual seminar will be sent to all registrants before May 20.

Our theme this year is “Big Earth Data: Forging A New Future.” Data is the foundation of science and as science grows, so does data. Knowing how to manage, share, and use large collections of data provides the pathway to future breakthroughs. Join us virtually on Thursday, May 20th, as we explore this topic of Big Earth Data with speakers, including the annual Haney Lecture, a virtual poster session, and a lightning talk ‘virtual map blast’.

Preview the posters for the 2021 KGS Annual Seminar. Authors will present their posters and be available for discussion during seminar breakout sessions.





11:40 AM – 12:00 PM Arrival / Networking icebreaker
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Introduction Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Haney Distinguished Lecture – Sarah Battersby – “How people think about maps: Analytics and building trust” Dr. Sarah Battersby
Tableau Research Team at Salesforce
1:15 PM – 1:25 PM BREAK (10 mins)  
1:25 PM – 1:45 PM ESIP: Collaboration to Seed Innovation Dr. Ken Casey
NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information
1:45 PM – 1:55 PM KGS Staff Awards Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey
1:55 PM – 2:30 PM Poster session breakout session (35 mins) Breakout rooms with all poster authors presenting and available for questions. View posters below.
2:30 PM – 2:40PM BREAK (10 mins)  
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM “Kentucky’s Contribution to the Modernized National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)” Bryan Bunch
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and Jeff Jalbrzikowski
NOAA National Geodetic Survey
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM "Mapping Landslide Susceptibility and Risk in Eastern Kentucky" Dr. Matt Crawford
Kentucky Geological Survey
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM "Linking environmental exposure and health outcomes: the importance of data coordination" Dr. Amy Wolfe
Kentucky Geological Survey
3:40 PM – 3:50 PM BREAK (10 mins)  
3:50 PM – 4:25 PM KGS Virtual Map Blast and revisit poster breakouts (35 mins) 5 minute map-related lightning talks by KGS staff / continued poster breakout rooms (same posters)
4:25 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Remarks Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey



Poster 1: Correlation of Terrace Tread Surfaces Using PyOSP: An Example From the Licking River, Kentucky”, Matthew A. Massey, Yichuan Zhu, and Jason Dortch, Kentucky Geological Survey (28 MB)

Poster 2: “Documenting Decadal Scale Landslide Movement Using Sequential Lidar and Structure from Motion Digital Elevation Models in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Metropolitan Area”, Sarah Johnson, Northern Kentucky University and William C. Haneberg, Kentucky Geological Survey (21 MB).

Poster 3: “Monitoring Water In–ltration in Shallow Karst Features Using Time-Lapse Electrical Resistivity Surveys with Permanently Installed Electrodes”, Bronson McQueen (1,2), Junfeng Zhu (1,2), Steven Webb (1), James Fox (3), and Leonie Bettel (3), Kentucky Geological Survey (1), Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky (2), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky (3) (13 MB).

Poster 4: “Remote Identification of Sinkholes in Central Kentucky: An Application of Big Earth Data”, Hudson Koch (1) and Junfeng Zhu (1,2), Kentucky Geological Survey (1), Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky (2) (8 MB)

Poster 5: “Toward Optimizing Automatic KSSMN Earthquake Detection Using Machine Learning”, Jon Schmidt, Seth Carpenter, and Zhenming Wang, Kentucky Geological Survey. (3 MB)

Poster 6: “Compilation of Geologic Data in the Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative”, Stephen Greb, Tom Sparks, John Hickman, and Seth Carpenter, Kentucky Geological Survey. (5 MB)

About Dr. Sarah Battersby

Dr. Sarah Battersby
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Battersby, Principal Research Scientist on the Tableau Research team at Salesforce. Sarah’s primary area of focus is cartography, with an emphasis on cognition. Her work emphasizes how to help everyone visualize and use spatial information more effectively – no advanced degree in geospatial science required. Sarah holds a PhD in GIScience from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a member of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Map Projections and is a Past President of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS).

Dr. Battersby’s presentation is titled, “How people think about maps: Analytics and building trust.” Her talk will focus on the process of analyzing and communicating about spatial patterns. According to Dr. Battersby, “These problems are compounded when we consider that at their core, all maps are wrong in some (sometimes critical) ways.” In this presentation, Dr. Battersby will address some of the technical, design, and analytics challenges that we face in designing spatial analytics tools, as well as consideration of the broader challenges of how people think about maps that make the whole process more challenging—and more interesting.



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