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Fourth Annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference at USM Gulf Park Oct. 20-21

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The University of Southern Mississippi will host the fourth annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference October 20-21 on the University’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Sponsored by the Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies (MAST), the annual regional conference welcomes more than 100 professionals and students from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama to take advantage of the opportunity to meet, network and learn from others in geographic information science (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) related fields.

The conference will take place in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus and will be held Thursday, Oct. 20 from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

According to Dr. David Holt, USM associate professor of geography and MAST conference organizer, the event is not only for practitioners but also for anyone who has an interest in GIS and RS fields.

“The conference is for anyone interested in how computers help us map and understand the world around us. Members of the conference use GIS and RS to tackle everyday problems in the Gulf South,” said Holt. “It also benefits students because they can get involved with professionals in the field, see the application of their education and network with potential future employers.”

During the conference, presentations will be given by Southern Miss faculty, students and alumni, including presentations by government agencies.

Carlton Anderson and Bill Funderburk, students of Dr. Greg Carter, professor of geography, will discuss “Validating LiDAR Bare Earth Elevations and Real-Time GPS Networks”; Dr. David Holt will present “Participatory GIS of Turkey Creek”; Xiaohui Liu, student of Dr. Bandana Kar, associate professor of geography, will speak on “Comparing Social Media and Traditional Media for Risk Information”; and Dr. George Raber, associate professor of geography, will speak on “GIS Analysis of Unmanned Air Systems for Biophysical Data in Coast and Riverine Wetland Environments.” The conference will also feature a panel discussion on GIS needs for the state of Mississippi’s government and updates on mapping initiatives throughout the region.

For more information about the Mississippi Geospatial Conference, or to register, visit