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CAES Seminar: ISU GIS Director to discuss the evolution of wildfire in the West

July 25, 2019

On August 1 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Keith Weber will discuss changes in the prevalence and nature of wildfires in the last few decades. Weber has led the Geographic Information Systems Training and Research Center (GIS TReC) at Idaho State University since he founded it in 1998.

His presentation, Getting a Handle on Wildfires with GIS, will focus on recent studies indicating wildfires have become larger and more prevalent over the last few decades. 2:30-4pm.

Weber’s charges at the GIS TReC have deployed the university’s Historic Fires Geodatabase to develop a better understanding of this trend, and his presentation will summarize the changes and the driving forces behind it.

 Weber has been involved in the Geospatial technologies industry since 1989, and is a Certified GIS Professional. He is the principal investigator for NASA’s RECOVER wildfire decision support system and the science advisor for the NASA DEVELOP node at ISUWeber received the Environmental Systems Research Institute’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award in 2000 and 2013, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s (URISA) Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) award in 2014. 

He is also a past president of the Northern Rockies Chapter of URISA and former vice president of the Intermountain Chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Read Ahead:

“Spatio-Temporal Relationships of Historic Wildfires: Using the NASA RECOVER Historic Fires Geodatabase to Perform Long-term Analysis of Wildfire Occurrences in the Western United States” available here:


The Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ free Codebreaker series typically takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the CAES auditorium, 995 MK Simpson Blvd. Please note that this month’s presentation runs from 2:30-4pm. Snacks will be served.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can join via Bluejeans using the information below:

Meeting link: https: bluejeans.com/775553991
Phone number: 408-317-9253
Meeting ID: 775 553 991



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