Utilizing GIS Data Workshop: Developing Conservation Strategies for Florida’s Forests on March 31

Otto G. Richter Library
1st Floor GIS Lab
1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

Taught by Taught by GIS Librarian Abraham Kaleo Parrish

Developing Conservation Strategies for Florida’s Forests
You are an intern with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and have been tasked with developing strategies for conserving Florida’s forests. You want to analyze the different types of forests in Florida, determine which parts are in most need of conservation, and develop strategies that promote conservation.

Skills Covered
On the Internet:

  • identify and download forest and related GIS data
  • utilize web tools such as ESRI’s Community Analyst and the Florida Forest Service’s Smoke Screening Tool

In ArcGIS:

  • classification, symbolization, change detection, raster and field calculation, raster to vector conversion, buffering, and proximity analysis

No registration required. First come, first served. Lab can accommodate 12 participants.

Questions? Email gislib@miami.edu or call 305-284-9488.

UM is a smoke-free campus. Parking is available at the Pavia Garage near Stanford Drive. Please click map image below to enlarge. Learn more about parking »


Join Us for GIS Day

The University of Miami Libraries and Department of Geography will present a series of workshops and discussions on November 16 demonstrating the real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Sessions will take place at the Otto G. Richter Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Learn more »

Richter Library to Host GIS Day this Wednesday, November 20

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The all-day event will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Otto G. Richter Library. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the three sessions.  Please review the following schedule for session details:


9:00–9:30 a.m., Registration; Coffee and pastries.

9:30 – 9: 40 a.m., Opening and welcome.

9:40–11:00 a.m., “GIS Landscape in South Florida,” a panel featuring senior GIS professionals in South Florida. Speakers for this session include:

11:00–11:15 a.m., Break

11:15 a.m. –12:30 p.m., “Starting Your Career in GIS,” a career panel for students. Speakers for this session include:

  • Dr. Shivangi Prasad, Manager, Real Estate Research, Office Depot
  • Ms. Martha Guerra, Systems Support Manager, Miami-Dade County
  • Mr. Dorien Z. Rowe, Research Analyst, Lambert Advisory LLC
  • Dr. Li Yi, Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Miami
  • Dr. Justin Stoler, Assistant Professor, Geography & Regional Studies, University of Miami

12:30–2:00 p.m., Lunch on your own

2:00–3:30 p.m., “GIS Research at the University of Miami,” a panel featuring GIS-related research carried out by the University of Miami. Speakers for this session include:

  • Dr. Amy Conley, Post-doctoral Researcher, Geography & Regional Studies
  • Michelle Wilson, The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Storm Surge in South Florida, MPS in Meteorology & Physical Oceanography, RSMAS
  • Dr. J. Miguel KanaiGIS and Spatial JusticeHow Spatial Analysis Helps us Study Inequalities in the American City,Assistant Professor, Geography & Regional Studies
  • Dr. Lillian ManzorSites that Speak: Miami through its Spanish-Speaking Performing Spaces (1960-1980), Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

3:30–4:30 p.m., Reception; Student Map and Poster Competition; raffles and giveaways


If you are unable to attend any of the sessions this Wednesday, you’re still welcome to stop by to view inventive GIS posters for the Student Map and Poster Competition.

GIS Day is sponsored by the Department of Geography & Regional Studies and the University of Miami Libraries. The event aims to provide a forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to discuss real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

For more information about the event, including schedule updates, please visit Libraries GIS Resources online.