Natural Capital in Cities: A critical resource for improving equity, resilience, and sustainability
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12-1 pm
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 12-1 p.m.
WHERE: Urban Center Building, room 270
FREE and open to the public
Rapid urbanization at unprecedented scale will place enormous pressure on ecosystems in and around cities to provide good living conditions for the majority of humanity. Accomplishing fundamental goals of urban livability in a way that ensures a resilient and equitable future for the human population and simultaneously maintains Earth’s biodiversity and critical ecological processes is essential to achieving a transition toward sustainability. Urban decisionmakers, from mayors to neighborhood activists and investors to corporate leaders, need tools to navigate transformation of their communities along sustainability and desired resilience pathways.
This presentation will summarize recent progress in urban ecosystem services research and present a social-ecological approach to assessing, mapping, and valuing urban ecosystem services from the first citywide urban ecosystem services assessment for New York City.
Timon McPhearson is an assistant professor of urban ecology and chair of The New School’s environmental studies program, director of the Urban Ecology Lab, and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center, where he works directly with designers, planners, and managers to foster sustainable and resilient cities.
Hosted by the Portland State University Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
The PSU Geospatial Information Society is hosting a colloquium on Friday, 7 Mar, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in Cramer Hall room 413.
Our speaker will be Erin Stockenberg from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. She will be speaking about using high-resolution LiDAR to model the hydrography of Wapato Lake, near Gaston, OR.
All are welcome, and we invite you to join us for this presentation. Please share the flyer with anyone else you know who might be interested in attending.
The PSU Geospatial Information Society is hosting a colloquium next Friday, 21 Jan, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in Cramer Hall room 413.
Our speaker will be Nathan Wood, a research geographer with the USGS. His presentation will focus on how GIS is being used to help plan the location of tsunami vertical-evacuation refuges in coastal areas subject to tsunami threat in the Pacific Northwest.
All are welcome, and we invite you to join us for this presentation. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
If you are an ASPRS member, please note that the ASPRS Columbia River Region Annual Dinner takes place later that same day.
The PSU Geospatial Information Society is hosting a colloquium this Friday, 31 Jan, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in Cramer Hall room 413.
Our speaker will be Angie Diefenbach, a geologist with USGS-USAID Volcano Disaster Assistance Program at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA. Her presentation will focus on using oblique photogrammetry as a tool to monitor active volcanoes.
All are welcome. Please see the attached flyer for details.
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Psychology to Better Understand People and PlacesRead Now
The Portland State University's Geospatial Information Society will be hosting our first colloquium of the year in this Friday, Oct.18, 3:00 to 4:00 PM in Cramer Hall room 413. Our speaker will be Dr. Greg Townley, a PSU Psychology professor specializing in community psychology, with particular interests in community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities; supported housing interventions and homelessness; and the relationship between culture, sense of community, and well-being. Dr. Townley utilizes a variety of social-environmental research methods in his place-based research, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), neighborhood assessments, and qualitative/ ethnographic approaches. He also collaborates with local and international partners to implement and evaluate interventions addressing homelessness, supported housing, and mental health service delivery.
Please join the PSU Geospatial Information Society this Friday to support Dr. Greg Townley in presenting his work using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Psychology research.
Click here to see the event flyer.
Focus on Contemporary China: Lectures and Performance
Monday, October 21
PCC Southeast Center
9:30 -- 11:30 Two lectures by Xudong Zhang, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University. Community Hall (Admin. Building)
12:15 -- 1:15 Music performance on and discussion of the erhu, a traditional Chinese string instrument, by Tsun-Hui Hung, U of Cincinnati. Mt. Tabor Hall.
1:15 -- 3:15 Lecture by Christopher McNally, Assoc. Professor of Political Economy, Chaminade University. Community Hall (Admin. Building)
Click HERE for complete details.
All events are open to the public.
This workshop is sponsored by PCC and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is co-presented with the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center.
UERC Talk: Integrating habitat components into trails crossing urban environments to assist dispersalRead Now
Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium
First Friday Brown Bag Series
Background: Presentations in this brown bag series allow for more in-depth coverage and discussion of topics that were highlighted at the most recent Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium. All are welcome to attend.
Location: Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232 in room 370
Time: 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
Date: July 12, 2013 (Note: the date was moved to the 2nd Friday due to the 4th of July holiday)Topic: Integrating habitat components into trails crossing urban environments to assist dispersal
Speakers: Elaine Stewart, Metro, Natural Areas Program and Robert Spurlock, Metro, Park Planning and Development
Please see the attachment or go to www.uercportland.org for more details.
"The ASPRS Airborne Topographic Lidar Manual"
Mike Renslow, Photogrammetric Consultant, advanced technologies
Friday, April 26th, 2013, 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm.
Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 413
Come out for a presentation and meet-and-greet with this topic guru.
Free refreshments! All are welcome.
A general meeting of the PSU ASPRS student chapter will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Columbia River Region American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30-8:00 PM
Smith Memorial Student Union Room 238
Lecture: “Politics of everyday mapping and spatial narratives in China"
This lecture is on the efforts to investigate the intersection of the development and usage of geospatial technologies and the socio-political conditions to address questions that help to reveal and conceptualize the complexities of the increasingly embodied and everyday mapping practices in relation to knowledge production and civic engagement. The lecturer seeks to illustrate these complexities through case studies of VGI practices in China and situates these practices in China and to call for more attention to the nuanced everyday creativeness and the emerging network publics, shaped by the interplay of technological constructions and socioeconomic transformations in an increasingly urbanized society.
The lecture will be presented by Dr.Wen Lin, a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of
Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Her research interests include critical GIS, public participation GIS, and urban geography. Her main research centers on examining the intersection between the development and usage of geospatial technologies and the sociopolitical conditions.
Free and open to the public.
When: Feb 12, 2013 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Note: Please carpool to this presentation if at all possible - it's going to be very popular, and Portland Audubon has limited parking space.
This event is part of Portland Audubon's monthly Nature Night lecture series. Each lecture is free and open to the public, so grab a seat and get ready to learn more about the natural world.
Scott BurnsCataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods, with Scott BurnsBetween 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, a series of momentous floods crashed through the Pacific Northwest, reaching heights of up to 400 feet where Portland lies today and carving the landscape of the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley. Portland Audubon’s Feb. 12 Nature Night presentation will discuss this deluge, one of North America’s greatest sets of geological events – known as the Missoula Floods.
Geologist and gifted speaker Scott Burns will lead this thrilling presentation. Burns’ talk will focus on the incredible story of J Harlen Bretz’s discovery of the Ice Age floods and the pioneering research that Bretz used to prove his discovery to the world. Burns will also discuss the floods’ effect on the formation of 16,000 square miles of Pacific Northwest terrain, from eastern Washington to Astoria and the Willamette Valley.
Scott Burns, a sixth generation Oregonian, is a Professor of Geology and past Chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University, where he just finished his 22nd year of teaching. Scott has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University, plus a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Scott has been teaching for 42 years and specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. In Oregon, his projects include those involving landslides and land use, earthquake hazard mapping, paleosols, loess soil stratigraphy and the Missoula Floods. He is a prolific writer and has authored more than 90 publications, including the recent rewriting of the book "Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods."
Whether or not you’re a geology buff, you’ll be glad you joined us for this fascinating and humorous presentation about our region’s natural history.
Location: Portland Audubon's Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR