CaGIS is happy to announce that Terry Slocum (University of Kansas) and Kari Craun (USGS) have been awarded the Distinguished Career Award this year. The CaGIS Distinguished Career Award honors the accomplishments of senior professionals who have contributed substantially to the advancements of the fields of cartography, GIS or GIScience, or the interface between cartography and GIScience.

CaGIS hopes to honor both Terry and Kari for their outstanding accomplishments in-person at our next opportunity! In the meantime, we thank them profoundly for both their service to the organization and for their impact on the discipline.

The CaGIS 2021 Elections are under way and are open until Feb 18, 2021! For this election there is one open board member seat and one vice president seat. 

We have one (1) candidate for Vice President: Xiaobai Angela Yao (Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia)

We have a one (1) candidate for one (1) Board of Directors position: Gaurav Sinha (Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio University Athens)

To cast your vote, please visit the election page. Only CaGIS members are able to vote per CaGIS bylaws.

Children ages 15 and under are encouraged to submit a hand made map for the 2021 Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition. First, second, and third place winners are selected in four age categories: under 6 years old, 6 to 8 years old, 9 to 12 years old, and 13 to 15 years old. Six entries will be chosen to represent the United States in the international Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition.

This year’s theme, “A Map of My Future World!”, may be illustrated in any way, using pictures, drawings, words, objects, or other graphical elements, but the illustration must include (somewhere) a map of all or a large portion of the world, with recognizable continents, age-appropriate features, and/or representations. The maps should tell a story or convey a message about the world—in this case, the world of the future. This future maybe interpreted as tomorrow, or the world in 50 years, or centuries beyond!

Postmark entries by April 10 to meet the April 15, 2021, deadline!

For more information, please visit

Eric Delmelle will be presenting “Geocomputational Approaches for the Visualization and Detection of Outbreaks of Vector-Borne Diseases in Urban Environments” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, January 29th at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar is FREE for all ASPRS and CaGIS members and $25 for non-members.

Please see the CaGIS GeoBytes page for more information on registering.


Infectious diseases have complex transmission cycles, and effective public health responses require the ability to monitor outbreaks in a timely manner. Space-time statistics facilitate the discovery of disease dynamics including rate of spread and seasonal cyclic patterns, but are computationally demanding, especially for datasets of increasing size, diversity and availability. In this presentation, I will discuss high-performance computation techniques for the rapid detection of space-time patterns of vector-borne diseases in urban areas, with an application to Cali, Colombia. Three-dimensional visualization techniques will be presented to gain insight in the shape of these space-time patterns.

Eric M. Delmelle, is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with experience in the development of new, robust geocomputational approaches to deepen the understanding of the dynamics of infectious and non-infectious diseases in space, time and at different scales. His current research includes (1) modeling the co-occurrence of vector-borne diseases (Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya) in developing countries; (2) evaluating the impact of residential mobility on health care access in Florida and (3) space-time variation in the concentration of contamination from private wells in rural North Carolina. His research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute.

The National Landslide Preparedness Act (H.R. 8810) was signed into law on 1/5/21.  The Act establishes a new National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program and statutorily establishes the 3D Elevation Program, both within USGS.  The text of the Act is here:

The 3DEP Program includes the following elements: 

  • Establishment of a 3D Elevation Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee. 
  • Establishment of a new Subcommittee of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. 
  • Establishment of a Grants and Cooperative Agreements process 
  • Authorization of funding: “For each of fiscal years 2021 through 2024, there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $40,000,000 to carry out this section.” 

Bandana Kar will be presenting “Geoinformatics for Infrastructure Resilience” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, October 16th at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar is FREE for all CaGIS members. See attached abstract for more information about the presentation.

Please register for the webinar prior to 12:00 pm (noon) EST on Wednesday, October 14th. To register:

1)     Visit

2)     Click on the link to the GeoBytes webinar of interest.

3)     Login to your ASPRS account or create a new account. (Creating a new account does not require you to become a member of ASPRS.)

4)     Click the Register Myself button.

5)     Click Proceed to Checkout.

6)     Enter the Coupon Code “CaGIS2020” to reduce the price to $0. Please note that CaGIS will verify the list of registrants using the CaGIS2020 coupon code to confirm CaGIS membership. Only active CaGIS members using the CaGIS2020 coupon code will be given access to the webinar.

7)    You will receive a separate email asking you to register with zoom. After that registration, you will receive an email from Webinar Host with a personalized link for you to join the webinar.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the AutoCarto Organizing Committee has decided to reformat the 2020 conference as an online proceedings with associated recorded presentations and opportunities for discussions with the authors. Check the AutoCarto 2020 page for updates.

Joseph Muhlhausen will present “An Overview of Drone Survey use Cases from the Flying Labs Network and WeRobotics” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, August 14. Register by 12:00 pm (noon) EST on August 12 at

GeoBytes are online seminars presented by ASPRS and sponsored by the ASPRS GIS Division, in cooperation with AAGS and CaGIS. GeoBytes are free for CaGIS members. Look for coupon codes in announcement emails or contact for details.

Digital Twin of a Utility: GIS, AI, HPC, and Automatic Building Energy Modeling (AutoBEM) software
June 5th at 12 Noon ET
Presenter: Joshua Ryan New

Please register for the webinar by Wednesday, June 3 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST at

In 2019, 125 million U.S. residential and commercial buildings consumed $412 billion in energy bills – 40% of primary energy consumption, 73% of electricity, 80% of peak demand, and 39% of greenhouse gas emissions. A resilient and sustainable built environment would be greatly facilitated by the accurate benchmarking, reduction, and offset of buildings’ energy consumption and renewable opportunities.

Dr. Joshua New discusses his team’s goal to create a model of every building in America by the end of 2020. This approach leverages GIS data, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and building energy modeling in conjunction with other non-traditional data sources and technologies
to achieve urban- to nation-scale creation, simulation, analysis, and interactive visualization of energy/demand opportunities for every single building at sub-hourly temporal scales and geographical scales larger than a city. Specifically, results will be showcased, validated, and discussed in the context of a digital twin that was created in partnership with the electrical distributor for Chattanooga, TN (EPB).

Dr. Joshua New is a computer scientist from Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he serves at ORNL’s Building Technology Research Integration Center (BTRIC) as subprogram manager for software tools and models. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has led more than 45 competitively-awarded projects in the past 5 years involving websites, web services, databases, simulation development, visual analytics, supercomputing using the world’s #1 fastest supercomputer and artificial intelligence for big data mining. Dr. New’s team vision is to create a model of every U.S. building by the end of 2020 for quantifying energy, demand, emissions, and cost savings

GeoBytes are online seminars presented by ASPRS and sponsored by the ASPRS GIS Division, in cooperation with AAGS and CaGIS. GeoBytes are free for CaGIS members. Look for coupon codes in announcement emails or contact for details.

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