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GIS Day is held each November during Geography Awareness Week, with events in more than 80 countries.

Wellesley's fifth annual GIS Day is hosted by the Quantitative Reasoning Program and Library & Technology Services. This year, GIS Day will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 12:30-2pm, in the Science Library. We hope that you will join us to learn more about how faculty, staff, and students are using GIS, mapping, and spatial analysis!

About GIS

Geographic Information Systems are the tools used to store, view, and analyze spatial information. Geographic Information Science deals with the underlying conceptual issues of representing data and processes in space and time. GIS is used in numerous courses and research projects at Wellesley and in the community.

2015 Schedule 

12:30 - 1:40 Lightning Talks by Faculty, Staff, and Students
1:40 - 2 Cake Social
All Day  Posters on Display in Science Library


2015 Speaker Information

Photos from Previous GIS Days

2014 Speaker:

Prehistory by the Numbers: Remote Sensing and Numerical Models of Ancient Socio-environmental Dynamics in Southern Peru
       Ben Vining – Visiting Professor of Anthropology
As our concern for recent environmental change grows, archaeology offers invaluable insights into how cultural and environmental change intersect over the long-term. Palaeoclimatic and archaeological investigations in southern Peru show stable land use over the past several millennia, despite climatic changes. Using satellite imagery and geospatial modeling, Prof. Vining reconstructs cultural decisions that shaped land use. Sustained interactions contributed to strong mutualism between culture and environmental systems, which continue to be important today.

2012 Speakers:

2011 Speakers:

2010 Speakers:

  • Britt Argow, Geosciences, "Quantitative Geomorphology using LiDAR along the New England Coast: Exploring the Process Implications of the Spatial Distribution of Features in 3D"
  • Adrienne Lucas, Economics, "Defining Local School Markets Using Geocoded School Data: The First Step in Studying the Effects of Primary School Competition in Kenya"
  • Brian DuPont, Town of Wellesley, "The 6 Ws...How GIS Informs the Who, What, Where, When, and Why for Wellesley"
  • Jim Besancon, Geosciences, "Water, Water Everwhere"
  • Kristina Jones & Tricia Diggins, Botanic Gardens & Environmental Studies, TBA
  • Eni Mustafaraj, Computer Science, "The Google Maps API for Web Mashups"
  • Patrick McEwan, Economics, "Using GIS to Improve Social Policy Research in Rural Areas of Honduras"
  • Jessica Hunter, Environmental Studies, "Modeling the Effect of Greenways on Water Quality in Urbanizing Watersheds: Case Studies from the Woonasquatucket River Watershed, Rhode Island, and the Barigui River Watershed, Curitiba, Brazil"
  • Marianne Moore, Biology, "Hot Spot Analysis of the Distribution of Species in Lake Baikal"
  • Ann Borowik Parker, Town of Wellesley, "The Town of Wellesley's Wetland Viewer: Our First Public Internet Mapping Application" 
  • Rebecca Mattinson, Geosciences, "GPS-GIS Property Mapping"
  • Marcy Thomas, Biology, "Visualizing the Environment: GIS for ES"



Contact Carolin Ferwerda (LTS) or Corinne Taylor (QR)