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IGIC Workshops and Presentations

Posted April 20, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

 GeoTREE Center student research assistants Lucie Ostlund and Alex Newkirk and Director John DeGroote attended and presented at the biannual Iowa Geographic Information Council Meeting in Pella, Iowa in April. Lucie and Alex presented a poster concerning work they have done using GIS for urban stormwater modeling in the Dry Run Creek Watershed in Cedar Falls, Iowa. John presented two half-day workshops to approximately 25 total participants from local and state agencies as well as private companies. The workshops were Beginner and Intermediate Python for ArcGIS.

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IGIC Geomentoring Project collaboration with Cedar Falls 4th Grade Teachers

Posted April 20, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

The GeoTREE Center and the Geographic Alliance of Iowa, both based in the UNI Geography Department, collaborated on a Iowa Geographic Information Council funded geomentoring mini-grant. Jacob Thiele, a senior undergraduate Social Sciences Education major, worked with GeoTREE and GAI to develop a series of story maps which were used to supplement materials being used by 4th grade teachers in the Cedar Falls School District. The story maps helped to visualize and teach regional geography of the United States. 4th grade teachers from Orchard Hill, Southdale, and Hansen Elementary schools used these story maps and found them to be useful. Some comments from 4th Grade students from Hansen Elementary included 'They help you figure out where important places are', 'the pictures help me to understand better', and 'I like how some videos, some have pictures, and others are interesting to read about'.

Check http://www.geotree.uni.edu/en/extensions/usa-regional-story/ if you would like to get the links to the story maps. 

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Dry Run Creek Urban Modeling

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 5:58 p.m.

 The GeoTREE Center is working with the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District on a project which will result in database development of urban land use in the Dry Run Creek watershed, modeled results of pollutant runoff in the watershed, estimated improvements due to Best Management Practices introduced in the watershed, and finally a web mapping application detailing the Dry Run Creek Watershed. The project will use the ArcSLAMM package developed by GeoTREE and the WinSLAMM urban modeling program. GeoTREE student employees working on the project include Jonathan Beavers, Lucie Ostlund, and Alex Newkirk. 

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ArcSLAMM

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 5:58 p.m.

 The GeoTREE Center is collaborating with PV & Associates to complete development of a pacakage to couple ArcGIS Desktop software with WinSLAMM, a popular urban stormwater modeling application. The GeoTREE Center is completing development of ArcSLAMM tools and custom geodatabase which will be made available this spring. The basic ArcSLAMM package (free) will provide tools and databases to make the development of detailed source areas and ArcGIS creation of inputs for the WinSLAMM model and tools to visualize outputs from WinSLAMM in ArcGIS easier. The ArcSLAMM Plus package will provide capabilities for working with the standard land use module in WinSLAMM which will allow urban stormwater modeling in small to medium sized urban watersheds. ArcSLAMM Plus will be made available for a small charge at the PV & Associates website when finished (http://www.winslamm.com/). 

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STEM Programs in Iowa

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 5:58 p.m.

The GeoTREE Center has created a web mapping application which demonstrates STEM program activity across the state of Iowa on behalf of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The mapping application can be seen at http://www.geotree.uni.edu/temp/STEM/

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