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Idaho State University’s Weber honored with Esri Special Achievement Award for geospatial technology application

Posted July 12, 2013

Idaho State University's Keith Weber, director of the ISU GIS Training and Research Center, received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego on July 10.

This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Keith WeberThe ISU GIS Training and Research Center uses Esri ArcGIS technology for outreach to the community in both its research and training. One of its better-known research endeavors is the NASA RECOVER post-fire project. This prototype GIS-based fire recovery "decision support system" being developed at Idaho State University will automatically generate and refresh derived fire severity, fire intensity and other information throughout the burn, producing easily understandable GIS maps.

The ISU GIS Training and Research Center offers training through a variety of workshops and the annual GIS Day it hosts.

Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science."

For more information about the 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit esri.com/sag.

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