GIS in Action 2019 has ended
Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).


Heather Fischer

Heather is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at OSU and Peder is an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Heather and Peder are working together with NASA on the NASA GLOBE Observer Landcover citizen science program. Dr. Heather A. Fischer is a senior researcher at the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM learning and a faculty member in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Oregon State University. Before to coming to OSU in July 2018, Heather completed a PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, her dissertation research focused on the development and research of the Map of Life-Denali citizen science program in Denali National Park and Preserve Alaska. In this program, volunteers used the Map of Life mobile app. to record species sighting in the park.  Heather assessed the volunteer and scientific outcomes of the project, especially focusing on the quality of the location-based species data being collected by volunteers. Heather was also a postdoctoral researcher at ASU’s Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, where she oversaw the development of citizen science and public engagement projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the HeatMappers project. This project focuses on involving low-income and homeless volunteers to use temperature and location sensor to record their heat risk in the Phoenix area during their daily lives. Currently Heather is working with the NASA GLOBE observer citizen science program examining the scientific and volunteer outcomes of their earth science related projects. Peder Nelson has a background in environmental education, biological sciences, and land management. He uses remote sensing and geographic information systems to create maps and data that show people what is happening on planet Earth, particularly changes that can be seen from space. In his current work, he is developing an automated visualization and analysis tool for mapping changes in glacier extent using annual 1984 to 2014 satellite imagery. The overarching broader impact of this project is to create a novel way for glaciologists, climatologists, educators, and students to understand how and where Earth’s glaciers have changed over this period.  Peder has significantly contributed to several research projects related to understanding forest and land cover changes using Landsat satellite imagery across the United States, eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.  In addition he has created several education lessons based around this research