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Environmental Computing Students Position - Spring 2013


The Information Center for the Environment at UC Davis is looking to hire students for a variety of computer intensive positions spring quarter.


We are looking for people with the following skills and interests.

Please see the attached pdf for full details of positions and how to apply.

1. .Net web development

2. Python web development

3. Virtual machine and Database performance tuning

4. Html5 web based mapping tools

5. Mobile app development (Android but could expand to other platforms)

6. Converting geospatial analysis tools to Parallel computing

ICE Releases Open Source Tools for Working with American Community Survey (ACS) Data


New class: GeoWeb 2.0: Interactive Geospatial Internet, how to make interactive websites with maps and geographic data.


Instructor: Jim Quinn.

TA: Alex Mandel.

We will investigate the principles and examples of implementations of Web 2.0 interactive websites in the context of mapping, from basic mapping to web based GIS analysis. Students will research and learn a variety of methods and tools for bringing geographic data to a web audience and be expected to participate in group projects to create a web based, map application.

The class will be hands-on with short lecture/discussions (30 minutes) followed by 1.5 hours of computer lab time to work on individual and group projects. Programming and/or GIS skills are recommended but not required, however a willingness to self-learn new computer programs and operating systems is a must.

Here's a select list of likely topics you will learn in the course (Google-able terms): Google Maps API, Openlayers, Geoserver, Mapserver, TileMill, Mapnik, OpenStreetMap, Mapquest, GeoDjango, MapProxy, MapFish, OGC Web Services, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Python

ESP 198 / GEO 298 2 units, see link for more information.


Megan Wyman on NPR


Graduate student, Megan Wyman, was interviewed on NPR about her work on Bisons.  Read it here:

ICE Tricolored Blackbird Research Featured in Outdoor California Magazine


Outdoor California, the magazine of the California Department of Fish & Game, features a Special Report on cooperative conservation entitled "Finding the Perfect Balance".  The article, by freelance journalist Stephanie O'Neill, quotes and describes the field work of ICE ecologist Bob Meese, who has been working with tricolored blackbirds for 4 1/2 years and who serves as the scientific lead on the multi-agency Tricolored Blackbird Working Group.

Megan Wyman Featured in the Press!


Megan Wyman, a graduate student working here in ICE, is featured in both the Washington Post and the Davis Enterprise on her research with Bison.

CEQA with Steve Blum


Download the presentations from Steve Blum, Senior Staff Counsel for the State Water Resources Control Board.

Mike McCoy and the New York Metropolitan Transportation


Mike McCoy, ICE Co-director will address the New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Thursday May 1st on the topic of integrated transportation land use modeling. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission notes that “A million more people are expected to live in New York City by 2030, two million more when Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley are included, and four million more in the twenty-eight county, tri-state metropolitan region as a whole. This growth will undoubtedly lead to more congested roadways, buses, trains, and even sidewalks.

ICE Tricolored blackbird research featured in the Sacramento Bee


Most of the world's population of tricolored blackbirds are found in the Central Valley of California, and in the past century their numbers have declined dramatically. Most tricolor nesting occurs in a few large, temporary colonies, and often these colonies are located in grain fields that are due to be harvested days before young tricolors leave the nest. ICE research biologist Bob Meese is leading the statewide efforts to document the changes in the blackbird populations and is working with a diverse group including farmers and other landowners to detect and monitor at-risk colonies and to conserve these colonies so that the birds' efforts to reproduce are successful. Dr. Meese's work is featured in the January 9 Sacramento Bee.

KQED: Saving the Tricolored Blackbird


Bob Meese, an ICE ecologist, has been working with tricolored blackbirds, a California near-endemic songbird and species of special concern, for over three years. Bob worked with the late Bill Hamilton, an emeritus professor in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy, and continues the work begun by Professor Hamilton 15 years ago to better understand the causes for, and suggest solutions to, the species decline.

Seminar: Restoration of Mountain Fluvial Aquatic Environment Degraded by Transportation Network in Garhwal Himalayas


Professor Ramesh Sharma will give a talk entitled:

"Restoration of Mountain Fluvial Aquatic Environment Degraded by Transportation Network in Garhwal Himalayas."

at noon in 2124 Wickson Hall. UC Davis, sponsored by ICE and the Geography Graduate Group.

Ramesh Sharma is the professor and chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences, H. N. B. Garhwal University, Srinagar-Garhwal, Uttaranchal, India and an internationally recognized leader in the study of long-term and large-scale environmental change in the Himalaya mountains. He has degrees in zoology, freshwater fishery biology and a doctor of science (D.Sc.) in environmental biology.

UC Davis Geography Seminar Series


The Geography Seminar Series features weekly speakers on the application of geographic information to public policy. Planned speakers for Spring 2007 are

April 4: Quinn Hart and Roger Kunkel (UCDavis, CSTARS and the California Resources Agency ) -- "GIS Web services in practice"

April 11: Marco Trombetti (CSTARS_ -- "Using Artificial Neural networks to estimate vegetation canopy water content from MODIS data"

April 4: Mark Nechodom (U.S. Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Research Center) -- "Public Costs and Benefits from the Use of Wildland Biomass for Energy Production: A Life Cycle Assessment Approach to Quantifying Public Goods"

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