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Climate change is expected to bring profound changes to our environment over the next 100 years and beyond. These changes are far from uniform across the globe. Researchers build models to help paint a picture of what is going to happen where. These models have many variables such as global atmospheric and oceanic circulation, greenhouse gas emission scenarios, and local climate and topography. Mapping these model results is an important analysis step in comparing predicted conditions and, for land managers charged with addressing the effects of climate change, and important documentation tool. For the GIS Analyst, the challenge is how to effectively build an application that presents these climate change data in a way that is understandable to non-climate scientists, yet is sophisticated and detailed enough to meet the needs of the science community. This presentation will look at the climate change web mapping applications developed by the USDA Forest Service Western Wildlands Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC) using ESRI ArcGIS for Server 10.1 and the ESRI Javascript API.

Charlie Schrader-Patton

Charlie received a MS in Forestry from the University of Montana and a BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College. He has worn several hats over the years, including Wildlife Biologist, Ski Patroller, and Outward Bound Instructor. Currently he is a Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst and Developer working for RedCastle Resources, Inc and under contract with the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center, a position he has held since 1998. Based out of Bend, OR, Charlie has been developing web mapping applications for the Western Wildlands Environmental Threat Center (US Forest Service – Prineville, OR) for seven years.

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October 17, 2013 - 8:30am - 9:00am
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