2022 Agenda

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2022 Delaware GIS Day agenda

Location: Roselle Center for the Arts, Gore Recital Hall & Lobby


09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Registration, Breakfast & Networking (in-person only)


09:30 AM – 09:40 AM Welcoming Remarks

Tracy DeLiberty, University of Delaware

Jason Vogl,

09:40 AM – 09:55 AM Mapping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Efforts to Prevent Them Emily Loughin,
Center for Community
Research and Service
Many state legislative bodies have implemented prescribing limits to combat opioid overdose deaths, however, opioids have been involved in increasing numbers of fatal overdoses. Despite not solving the issue of opioid use and substance use disorders, the legislation has decreased the number of prescribed and dispensed opioid medication doses. By displaying the ratio of fatal opioid overdoses to the number of pills prescribed and filled at the county level and the increase in opioid overdose deaths in Delaware, I explore the fact that mapping can be useful in understanding opioid use disorder, where it is most prevalent, and what areas are being left out by certain efforts to address it.
09:55 AM – 10:10 AM Deforestation in Nigeria due to Climate Change: Threat or Blessing For the Food Security?

Bhoktear Khan,

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Nigeria consists only 3% of Africa, but it has a population of around 200 million and this population will be doubled by 2050. This country needs more food to meet the high demand, however climate change is making the farming practice more challenging by reducing the yield. To grow more food farmers are clearing forest to make more cropland. In this study, we first combine high-resolution gridded data on annual forest cover and climatic variables within a random forest model to determine the relationship between climatic variables and forest loss. We will then use demographic and dietary data to assess whether this newly created cropland (via forest loss) is associated with improvements in food availability and access in proximate areas.
10:10 AM – 10:25 AM Continuing the Migration from Paper to GIS-Centric Field Solutions Jay W. Hodny, Ph.D., City of Newark
The Public Works and Water Resources Department (City of Newark, DE) continues to develop GIS-centric solutions, which eliminate ‘paper and clipboard’ data collection workflows, while enabling their mobile workforce. The presentation will center on the continued development of multi-user, multi-tasking GIS-centric solutions, including fire hydrant flow testing, catch basin inspection and repair, bulk trash collection and combined utility applications. Each of these solutions bring together multiple ArcGIS mobile field applications interacted with by multiple users including managers, field workers and administrative staff.
10:25 AM – 10:35 AM Break
10:35 AM – 10:40 AM Cartography Competition winner(s) Jing Gao, University of Delaware
10:40 AM – 11:05 AM Career Panel

Eric Wagner

Dan Blevins
Michael Tholstrup
Clare Quinlan
Emily Rossini
Alexis Cervantes


UD student, moderator
UD student, moderator
11:05 AM – 11:35 AM ESRI Demo: No Time for Games! Demystifying ArcGIS Arcade (see the video on our GIS Day Channel) Eric Wagner, Content Engineer, Esri Available across the entire ArcGIS System, ArcGIS Arcade is a simple, yet powerful scripting language that takes your GIS data to the next level. However, many users are unaware of Arcade or (if you’re like me) strive to avoid coding. In this presentation, I’ll give an overview of what Arcade is and how it can be applied to your geodatabases for real-time updating of data and maps to drive symbology, labels, pop-ups, and analyses. No coding experience necessary!
11:35AM – 11:50 PM Closing Remarks: Daniel, Olena;

Daniel Peart, University of Delaware

Olena Smith, University of Delaware

11:50AM – 1:30 PM Lunch, Poster Sessions & Networking (in-person only)