People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace

good morning we'd like to welcome you all and thank you for joining us for this the first of our ESRI sustainable development webinars for 2018 my name is Carmel tur Borg and I'm the lead Account Manager for the nonprofit and global organizations team at ESRI I'm joined today by my colleagues Brendan O'Neill and Adam Pfister and they are both solution engineers with our team we all support nonprofits NGOs and international organizations around the globe so today we'll be sharing with you the highlights of the GIS for a sustainable world conference that took place about six weeks ago on April 17th to 19th in Geneva the theme of the conference this year was the same as it is for today's webinar people planet prosperity and peace this annual conference was organized with unis at and we had over 500 people registered to attend due to travel costs and limited space not everyone could attend in person thus as we arranged this webinar to share the key topics and discussions that occurred as well as share some highlights from sessions including one of our new tracks which was an engaging session with the private sector and using GIS for sustainability in business we've invited three of the presentations presenters rather from the conference representing different sectors to join us today and share a synopsis of their presentations and impressions from the event first we will be joined by Cedric the dome from UNHCR and he'll be sharing his work with ESRI story maps and representing the international organizations in the humanitarian community who are using GIS in many aspects of their work from field data collection to communications about humanitarian crises next we'll be joined by Claudia blue goo from IRI IKEA representing the private sector in their interests and sustainability you'll learn how they are using GIS to promote sustainable development approaches in their work and lastly we have Adrian Hughes from a conservation NGO the Royal Society for the Protection of birds who will be sharing his work using drone to map as an important tool for bird conservation in the United Kingdom and internationally before we get to these great presentations I'm going to ask my colleagues Brendan and Adam to share some highlights from the conference with you we also wanted to point out that our keynote address was given by ambassador to ask oh no he is the director of the Geneva International Centre for humanitarian demining and I will share with you in a moment in the chat a link to his speech so that you can read that yourself after our webinar so Brendan would you like to share some of the innovations and technology trends that you saw being presented at the conference sounds great thanks Carmel so we have three great presenters that are going to be talking a little bit more about the their applications of GIS and the tools that they're using an impact they're having but I just wanted to really quickly give you an overview of some of the trends and highlights from the different users that we've seen in applying GIS in different fields oh I think one of the the big topics that we saw or one of the big discussion points we had in both the presentations but also in side conversations was around field data collection we had some some really great presentations from from card Ong and medicine some fonti a about our own camp mapping using ArcGIS collector in Bangladesh to to both collect information about key infrastructure and services but also to to look at those those goods and sorry those assets and services through time and and being able to to have a good sense of what's going on in the Rohingya camps there in Bangladesh we also saw the Lebanese Red Cross they were one of our keynote speakers they've got some great story maps that we'll share with you and some of the resources after the webinar that they kind of talked about how they're they're using GIS in a number of different ways but one of the key things they're doing is using survey 1-2-3 in their and and their disaster risk reduction activities so going into an area post disaster and and having a look at a key infrastructure and seeing how it's been impacted so that they can you know mobilize resources often limited resources to to to alleviate situations in disaster recovery drones were a big topic last year and I think they're there continued to be a topic we kind of see it as the democratization of imagery really the ability to deploy relatively inexpensive hardware and then use tools like drone to map to create high resolution information products in two dimensions in three dimensions sometimes multispectral to contribute to things like smallholder farming so we saw a great presentation by robotics discussing how they're they're not only using drone technology to assist with smallholder farming in Tanzania but really building that local capacity there so that the technology the applications of the technology is sustainable so we're gonna be hearing from Adrian later from the Royal Society for protection of birds so I'm not going to get into too much there but just know that they're doing they're doing exciting things and you'll hear about that in a bit dashboarding is another another big trend there's all different types of dashboards right so we saw some dashboards from the World Food Programme that we're looking at distributions of goods and services that internationally displaced people camps and mined more for example so with this we're really looking at kind of near real-time distillation of data into into meaningful information products you you have access to the information that you need to to make decisions or to monitor the progress of your operations in near real-time then on the other end of the spectrum we saw great presentation from Ordnance Survey Ireland with their work with the sustainable development goals and and their data hub it's really a fantastic example of how you can use geospatial technology to to report on the sustainable development goals and you know they showed their their won their national data hub but that rolls up into a larger data hub for the SDGs that is run by the UN statistical division we'll share out those links and the follow up that I encourage you to take a look at those great examples we saw a lot of story maps being used as a presentation tools you'll see later with with Cedric's piece but also as a tool for community engagement stakeholder engagement donor engagement we saw a great example from the joint research center where they were talking about or communicating socializing this idea of building knowledge for the sustainable development goals in Africa and lastly you know we talk about these different elements whether it's drones or dashboards or field data collection underpinning all of these is is really using that data for for ant for analysis to find insight in their meeting we saw a really great example for IUCN where they were pulling in their different data sets and and performing some pretty advanced analysis to get a better picture of about their red list so the this this list of species that are are at risk for being being extinct in the near future so really important work there as I said IUCN is doing some great analysis but it really underpins all these other other presentations as well so that's kind of a high-level 30,000 foot view of of some of the technology trends and discussions that we we had at the the sustainable world conference but I'd like to turn it over to to my colleague Adam so we can talk a little bit about a field collection exercise that we ran with all the attendees there so I'm gonna turn it over to Adam great Thank You Brendan yep so I wanted to talk a little bit about how we use some of the technology around the conference and what we did for one of our main sessions which involved us going out into the field across the street really to the Botanical Gardens and collecting data but we actually used an arch hub site to organize our conference in the sessions so we did have a landing page under the ESRI comm domain but we also created an open data site here with some basic information you're able to follow this event if you wanted to receive updates and then you could see a list of sessions Excel also explore some of the data sets and content by those different themes so this will be really useful if people want to go back and take a look at some of the data that we presented or even that some of the other presenters put in there so we also but I wanted to focus on the field data collection app and this apps that we use in this session that we we put on so for this session we talked about setting up information to use out in the field to collect data using drone imagery while we're out there and then monitoring operations so we wanted to bring it close as possible to maybe a sort of a life cycle of data collection both prepped out in the field and then reviewing the results so initially some of our colleagues in Geneva before the conference went out and flew some drone imagery and after using drone to map to process that information we brought that in as a simple layer and you can see the nice detail that we have that we can use while we're walking around the Botanical Gardens taking an inventory of trees and when we combine that with a few other layers such as the the existing locations of trees and a simple grid system we made our field collectors go out and collect data look at the trees if they're there or not make that update and also add a picture of the trees if they're available so each collector would go into their grid area in the field and they would start making those updates and for reference going back to the hub site there's a step-by-step instructions on how you would download the app how you would open collector open the map in collector and then how you would begin collecting data so this was helpful for us to get everybody up and running very quickly and you can see even see a little view on the right there what the editing experience was like out in the field you could tap on a tree make your edits see if it's visible or not maybe that tree was removed and then we make our updates and it immediately is reflected in the map on the mobile device so the great thing about this is that we can actually set up a dashboard as well to monitor those results so this is a dashboard that Brendan set up earlier we actually left this running on my laptop while we were out in the field and the result of that is this condensed video that I made of us going out and showing everybody's progress while collecting data so that I believe we're out for a little over a half an hour and I condensed it into 30 seconds and we're watching the grid cells being checked some of the fields the trees being updated and the widgets are simply responding to the data changes as they come in now once this data is available in a service you can put it into dashboards you can create stories here's another version of that same data set that we're looking at and here we're starting at a tower the campus biotech where the conference was you can see all of our tracks as we all walked across to the gardens I can actually show where Brendan went made sure he was doing his job looks like he wasn't but then we can also take a look at other people's individual tracks so we had a touchscreen after the conference and people could come up and see if where they went around the gardens and we're using the same drone imagery we're using a different base map and we're just changing the symbols a little bit to represent individual tracks so with this session we wanted a again we wanted a holistic approach to show the different apps and the different capabilities that you can do when you're out in the field collecting data with that I'm going to give it back or I'm going to send it over to Cedric thank you so much Brendan and Adam for sharing those highlights with us um now we're gonna be hearing from the first of our speakers Cedric vid dome Cedric is an information management officer from the field information and coordination support section at UNHCR the High Commission for Refugees he recently worked on a very compelling story map that he'll be sharing with us he shared this during the inspirational opening of the conference I can assure you it was an inspiration throughout the rest of the event for the other attendees and I hope you'll enjoy it as well Cedric hey thanks Carl I hope you can hear me and see my screen yes here all set cool so yeah actually we would like to share with you we actually use ESRI and more like ArcGIS online technology in an emergency context like the one in Bangladesh in Bangladesh UNHCR is facing one of the most complicated situation for a few decades now with with the an emergency of a magnitude and a Sudanese that hasn't been we haven't seen for four years now so in that context we needed a tool or our product that could give us an overview of the of the situation to better on the stack that the complexity of the situation and also a quick analysis of what the monsoon was going to trigger because we did that map store him up a few months ago and now the monsoon I started there but we already at the time that the month is water was going to eat the region so we did we needed to know what was going to happen there so we were already using ArcGIS online technology for data collection and and other other use over there so it makes sense for us to use that technology and and create a compelling story map of what the situation was like over there so we started with just an overview of the situation and trying to give all the big pictures of what was going on and you can also see with graph that or sudden was the situation it mainly all happened during September last year with sometimes more than eighty thousand people a day arriving crossing the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar it was also the beauty of the story map and this cascade template is those immersive section where you can actually you know put some context with pictures and you can actually show that the size of the camp that is pretty pretty enormous right now and also include more like map and what's going on on there on the on the ground and the new shelter that I've been built during that small period of time at first if the first camp was only this side on the north-northeast and then it grew up at this tremendous in big big area and also it allows us to put some special analysis we did some congestion and that is just you just you figure out it many people were living below the UNH or emergency stand out of 45 square meter per person and as you can see on that map it's a pretty pretty big amount of people living with less than 45 square meter per person we have some places even lower than five square meter per person so I can let you imagine or small it is and then we jumped through the natural disaster risk which was kind of the focus of the of the map and we wanted to know what this monsoon season was going to what it's going to trigger in the camp knowing that you know that 72 percent of the rainy season happened between June and September with some really really I precipitation up almost up to a thousand millimeters in in July so there this could trigger a couple of risk from flash floods to landslide to a dirt so we wanted to know what was going to happen there and we did a quick special and that is is highlighting all the landslide areas that will be affecting and also all the flood area that represent almost 30 percent of the site which is a tremendous tremendous amount and put a lot of people in danger and that actually also elided that on top of the landslide and flood affected people we will result with a lot of people isolated from from access to to to assistance after that we also did a 3d model there was a simple one so it's not the most like scientific one but it gives you the idea on all I the water could go if that all that that rain coming which is quite of scary and then as UNHCR a good part of it was to try to make a sector specific overview and this this kind of sector specific overview actually raise challenges and we figured out that I guess most of you are facing to you within your agency is that all the data are really siloed and this is where our GIS online could really help us because we could sell an added value if you share your data we can then create products like those Maps or the one that you will see further with the wash where you can actually use this is all my end pumps on the on the in the camp and I can know which one are functioning and which one or not and if they are closer to the repetition as they should be and all that stuff and this is a real added value and it really sell the product because even though we had all the the technical everything was under control on the technical side and we had this request for this product it's been really difficult actually published it product at first because it was somehow the first time that we were presenting the data as visually as it is on that map because here you can see everything and we got a lot of internal resistance to publish that map so I think it's somehow a good a good lesson learned that it's not always about the technology and the new fancy product it's sometimes you have to really fight for the buy-in internally before you can actually publish a product like this and so far this product has been a great success we have translated it in now into four languages and it has been story map of the month of every story map of the month in the last April and I think it opens a lot of new way for nearly to r2 to access a wider audience and the really specific and operational topics and for us it creates new communication perspective that will most likely end up with a closer relationship between the technical sectors and and the public information side so I will now pass the President to Claudia I guess I'm all right yes indeed thanks so much at Cedric for sharing this and I will put in the chat the link to this existing story map for you to be able to take a look at after our webinar so now we're gonna be hearing from Claudia Balu from IRI IKEA after receiving her master's degree in cartography and GIS in 2011 she worked for a number of years for different organizations and then joined IRI forest management which is part of the IKEA Group in 2015 and since then she's been responsible for various GIS projects across the organization and assured support for all the departments in the company including compliance and sustainability today she is the digitisation digitalization specialist and coordinates projects to integrate GIS erp and bi in all the countries where iri owns forests and she presented this this talk that she's gonna share with you and the apply GIS lightening session and she also supported the private sector track as well with a presentation so Claudia please I don't know if you see my screen full screen you might have to change the the monitor the yeah yes if you go to slideshow I think yeah there's the there's the I think that's the area there what monitors but it's not coming up yeah let's see if it's working like this is I'm clicking it and it's okay if you if you want to we can always just get rid of that yeah I get rid of the notes and we can go through there I think yeah there we go alright hard yeah no work a little bit huh he's good coming through yeah so yeah sorry for the technical inconvenience but you know her is not always the computers respond the way that you want but moving on so I had the privilege because I can call it like this to to be invited to present in Geneva and for me it was actually very interesting to be in the room with a lot of attendees from humanitarian machinist since I'm coming from a private sector and I actually didn't work too much in this sector in the humanitary I was always volunteering but not always being too involved so probably most of the people when they hear about IKEA they know about our retail business and I'm sure that pretty much most of you you have home furnitures or at least something from Ikea your homes but what you probably don't know is that IKEA actually has a lot of other businesses and one of it that started recently in 2015 was this investment in not forestry so we currently own forest in five countries had been Romania all the three Baltic countries and South us so the idea with this investment in forestry was actually started as a strategy to invest in renewable energy and sustainable resources in order to support the core business which is retail and also for the long-term development of the bigger ikea world but for ikea it it's not only the committee it's not only a simple investment in forestry it's also the commitment that we have for many years in sustainability and for that in 2012 we actually adopted an agenda that's that is called the people and planet positive agenda so in connection to that we actually started to think a little bit how we see forestry in terms of sustainability and when we refer to it in our business we actually speak as being responsible manager and we believe that achieving this responsibility is by maintaining a balance between the economic social and environmental values and when we started with the ivory in 2015 and I start I joined IKEA we actually saw jazz as a natural to will to be used in forestry because when we speak about Natural Resources there are a lot of factors that you should take in consideration so in that even that idea jazz it's actually helping us to understand of the property that we own and also to take better decisions and maintain this balance that we see it as very important in our business so in IKEA there is a concept that is called the Democratic design and this Democratic design actually it's a combination between form function quality and sustainability all that and an affordable price why I'm saying this because I care is designing furniture okay when but when we speak about forestry we thought about what should be our democratic design when we speak about our internal system that we use so we realize that actually in a way GIS it's actually our democratic design because of the of the many functions that it has and the way that it helped us improve our business we kind of see GIS as a platform to share data in a transparent way and as part of our official commitment because all our property are FSC certified our on the way to be certified and the FSC commitment it's a it's a way to share our values and because we want to be transparent with the way that we manage the forest we CGS has dubbed tool that can help us achieve that and the openness and transparency is actually the key that we see that creates this trust within the communities where we work so we realize that the land that we own meaning the forest is not just an asset like any other assets it comes with a lot of responsibility in order to manage it and in a way that people accept us as guardians of the natural resources for the longer term actually GIS can help us to create this transparency towards our stakeholders by mapping our information in an understandable way towards authorities or the general public so when we started our journey with with our GIS we only used a local database that was on my computer so I was the one providing a lot of information and creating support for all the departments in the company but what struck me was the fact that as you see on the top pictures I have some pictures with some some books that were actually handwritten by my colleagues in the field so in Romania we have a legislation that impose for each tree that you want to do a work you need to mark it and take all the characteristic for example you have to note the volume the tree species the height and so on and you have to put it down in a in a note book by pen and my colleagues were spending for this particular picture he spent around three months in the field and when we started to implement the RGS online with we have an RJ server and we started to use collector and in a combination with survey one two three he actually managed to reduce for every one thousand tweets to hours of work in the field so you can imagine that at the end of the day we managed to save a lot of time on his on his daily work so in 2015 15 we didn't had too much development in the chairside but in 2017 we actually managed to implement RJ server with all the applications that are coming with and we are using it to collect information in real time from field so that we can take better decision and fast decisions related to our property and the most important part is related to sustainability was the fact that we managed to use GIS in order to obtain our FSC certification because we were able to we map all the high conservation value forests and all the associated elements biodiversity elements with with our forests so it was a very good tool in in though the moment of our certification and related to what we use today we actually have a lot of tools that we use like dashboard we use a lot of web apps we use a lot of surveys where we collect information from field but we also use some drones we recently we acquired the drone and we are trying to capture a lot of information with it basically at the beginning we started to use it for monitoring and surveillance but now we are trying to see how much we can expand it to run different analysis so one of my manager asked me how do I see the link between GIS and sustainability well to be honest when I when he asked me that I stayed a little bit to think about it and for me let's say in the ideal situation we would have the full information about the environmental and social network around our property and in this ideal situation we can have very easy make assessments or maybe impact that we can have with the decision on the long term agenda but we don't have that I mean the access to the information is still a little bit hard you know in some of the Eastern European countries but I think that we are on the way to achieve that because we are using some very good tools in the gif side and ESRI products were very helpful in that idea for our agenda and I wanted to share some of the things that I took away from from the conference for me was a good opportunity to actually connect to to several companies like for example FSC and try to collaborate on a strategic partnership with them or even inspire others – actually digital transform their business because what we actually managed to obtain with with our GIS development is that we in a way we digitally transformed our business so I think that's that's kind of it from from my side and I wanted to leave you with with one of the codes from our founder that most things still remain to be done okay so I think I have to pass it on to Carmen or it's Adrienne okay thank you so much Claudia thank you for sharing your your great work and the process that you're going through it's really fascinating to see as things are advancing that's great thanks very much so next we're gonna be hearing from Adrian Hughes from the Royal Society for the Protection of birds Adrian is the head of GIS services at the organization and he has been since 2015 his team is responsible for map making spatial analysis from out sensing application development as well as mobile and guram data capture to aid the conservation strategy of both the society in the UK as well as overseas in internationally I also just wanted to point out that Adrian also had previously worked for IUCN as part of the Red List unit that whose work was presented earlier by Brendan and he's done a lot of really fascinating work and he shared his presentation in the conference's app lightening session we had six different arcgis applications presented by different organizations and to show the work that they're doing in the real world and i think this is one of the most fascinating presentations we got to see so Adrian thank you Adrian are you unmute can you hear me now yes we can thank you sorry I was on view to Miami I had second show sorry yeah so yeah it's great honor to be at the conference and and to be presenting for this webinar and so canals were introduced what my work and the talk we did at the app lighting session but the aim of my talk was to introduce the work Paris tree is doing with drones in particular round mapping and how we're using every stranger map software to aid our conservation work so I'm going to talk about the current uses and some of the potential uses of drain data and this is a shortened version of the talk ago for the conference so the Oratory have been using drones since 2012 map until recently this is mainly simply been for nest monitoring and searching for birds essentially putting a drone up into the sky and looking for stuff searching for species such as Marsh Harriers nightjars and corn crags this image here is of a stone curlew which is an rare summer visitor to southern England and the image on the right is from a drone mounted thermal camera per user detect nests so here you can easily see the the warmer eggs which are displayed by this type of sensor so this isn't really GIS this is really as I said just using a drone to look for stuff I guess what's changed in in recent years is the availability of these and cheaper ready to go off-the-shelf consumer-grade models of drones here we see the DJI Matic pro which is a a very small drone which can easily fit into a small bag were useful for going out into sort of more remote areas and there's also been a great improvement in the cameras that available on drones these cameras again the consumer great ones once you can buy in shops have improved greatly and they were saying to change all different types of sensor and there's also been a great improvement in the GPS location accuracy of drones and the ability for the drone to pass on this GPS information to the individual individual images that the drone acquires so really am definit in recent years their drones have been a quite a game-changer really across many industries in terms of data capture so the basic workflow essentially is them using what's called mission planning software where essentially you fly your drone over an area of interest normally in a sort of this kind of grid like lawn mower pattern so to capture images for mapping purposes is vital that there's an overlap between the images the amount available up depends on the purpose but generally it's not less than 70 percent there this software this mission planning software allows you to sort of and quite easily do this would be quite difficult to do that manually and while it's important to be able to have manual control of your drone when it comes to producing sort of mapping products you really need this mission planning software another key aspect of mission planning is the ability to rerun identical missions so that makes it much of her that's really essential for um you know getting better results if you're monitoring change making your results more comparable so once you've kind of acquired your imagery from your drone the next key step in terms of GIS really is to is to do some image processing essentially stitching those individual images together to form this one mapping layer called an orphan mosaic so this is where m is we use drone to map software comes in and it's a very kind of a intuitive peter software and you can really sort of very quickly you know fly your own stitch symmetry together and then publish to artists on line and throw into maps it allows you to crave sort of a various number of products so I just mentioned that kind of your firm a mosaic products but also you can create 3d point clouds smart inspection photos and something I'll talk about in a minute and digital surface models and there are a number of the store got a lot of software out there that does this this image processing but what attracted us to drone to map was the integration with the other area software for example the ability to once you've created these products to publish them to ArcGIS online and then share them with other apps so we saw this this is quite nicely shown at the conference Adam was talking about earlier the field collection session well you know we flew a drone espy fluid shown as published to are just a lie and then that data was available in collector app for people to and you know do some field collection so that's that's really quite a key aspect of drone to map for us so I thought for our organization I think one of the key benefits of drones is this is for aerial imagery so our imagery is really important for us in terms of monitoring change and our reserves this image here is from one of our Scottish reserves for sir nard and this is a image tree of some heather moorland this image is being published two artists online and now it's being shown in our sort of them corporate web GIS application Merlin and this allows us to overlay lots of other contextual layers with the drone imagery such as archaeology geology protected area boundaries a land ownership all kinds of things so that's really quite powerful we pay quite a lot of money to have plane flown aerial imagery for all our reserves which is really useful but these this these types of data are often three to five year update cycles we also have no control over the date the images are acquired so what trails allow us to do is essentially what weather permitting allows us to pick the time when we can fly the drone which is and also offers higher resolution imagery as well than the plane and it's so generally it's not it's a lot cheaper even though there's a initial outlay for buying the drone putting a drone up in the air is a lot cheaper than putting a plane up in the air so this has been really useful for us so going beyond talking about a simple aerial imagery there's much more we can do with drone imagery and using a process called photogrammetry so photogrammetry is a science of making measurements from photos it's not new it's you know it's as old as photography itself but it uses the same principle as the human eye or 3d videos by taking multiple images of the same location you can create this depth perception essentially multiple multiple images are combined to create a 3d model at the surface and digital and don't a map can also and produced these type of images very easily from from train imagery so how do we use these how to use and digital surface models in our FTB well they give a perspective of terrain that's not possible with the 2d images very useful for working in sort of upland areas and it's also very useful for habitat management and flood management so for example and some of our reserves we are we to create wetland areas to attract birds so having these kind of train models helps us engineer those sites to increase flooding there's also other examples where we are re-engineering and River courses to go back to their natural and more meandering course to aid of wildlife recovery so those are kind of two main uses we're using for the digital surface models another quite of new area is looking at habitat classification of drone imagery and so this image here is some of one of our reserves and i want a scottish reserves abernethie showing a peatland area and here we're actually the drone image that we've flew over the reserve and we've been using the image classification tools you're not just pro to essentially identify different habitats from the drone imagery essentially you're using machine learning to train the GS software to associate certain colors certain pixel colors with different habitat types and then the software is able to create a habitat map of the of the area so this is a really useful picking out different different habitat types so in this case we're trying to pick out the pink peaked areas so we're trying to restore peat evened areas in the reserves to help aid and habitat management and also help in terms of mitigating climate change because LP is a sort of a carbon sequester so by increasing peatland areas we're hoping to mitigate climate change so this is a sort of quite a new area I think one of the it's quite challenging because you fly the drone on a different day a different drone or different weather and you have to essentially retrain your software so I think there's got a lot of challenges here and I think this thing is this is an area that's kind of improving all the time in terms of the algorithms and machine learning algorithms but I think it's quite a big area in terms of us being able to produce these current maps from air imagery so mainly we've been talking about just visual sort of the visual normal kind of camera lenses essentially just looking at the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum but as I mentioned earlier there's lots of other sensors that you can now put on drones and this is becoming much easier to terzi's and I think in the past these these types of scents have been quite heavy so you can tend to find them on planes but now they're becoming much lighter and it's easy to get these types of sensors onto drones and so this opens up a lot more uses such as video and sort of multi spectral looking at the whole across looking at the whole electric spectrum of reflectance from the earth you can get much more information also looking at lidar as well we can and essentially build up a more kind of structural map of the surface and so I think it's going to be a huge area going forward and so on some of those sort of potential uses of them these kind of different types of sensors for us will be the answer sort of monitor forest health detecting invasive species monitoring peatland looking at hydrology and also using lidar to look at vegetation height and structure we could also show us and you know my help as a monitor and habitat change our reserves so that was quite a bit of a whizz through lots of stuff I sort of haven't mentioned such as you know legalities operational guidance different models batteries wildlife disturbance which is a big thing for us so we've also corrected this best practice good document which you can find on the wild labs website wild labs is a website for discussing all things related to technology and conservation so if you go there and go to the drones section you can find our best practice document which we're kind of updating all the time so that was kind of it for my talk on drones just to talk a little bit more about the conference itself I guess then yeah there's lots of interesting talks who are useful to us there were talks on open data related portals and which is something we're just about to do we're about to launch our own sort of open data site there were lots of story maps it was nice to see people using story maps almost as much as a PowerPoint and it seemed and that was nice to see and there were some good sessions on working offline taking data offline and for use in mobile applications which is really useful and there was some quite good sessions of enterprise GIS so sort of large-scale corporate GIS and I think one of the things that was quite interesting was talking about the there's lot of these out-of-the-box apps now and talking about sort of out of the box versus bespoke development athena's quite a hopping quite a big challenge for sort of organizations at the moment and yet it was good to hear that I think next year there's going to be an actual conservation track in the conference so a whole track do they just to conservation organizations and I think that that's going to be really great but yeah that's it for me so I'll hand back now to Brendan thanks so much Adrian Brendon and Adam will be joining me now for the Q&A session as well so please make sure that you send your question to us in the question control panel of go to webinar if you could before we do that I just wanted to let you know that we have put together on the conference website the proceedings are available so I will share that now and chat so at the very bottom of the conference website which the URL is there for you and chat there's a link to the proceedings directly as well and please indeed feel free to go to that website regularly because some of the presenters are still sending us their permission forms so their presentations are not up yet that we will be having hopefully a large number of those available and you'll be able to share the Carmo can you just maybe be the presenter and I think Q&A screen there we go so hopefully um we can share as many of the presentations from the conference there as possible as I mentioned earlier the speech from ambassador to ask an aware keynote is there as text so you can take a look and read through that they're doing fantastic work as well as Adrian just mentioned will be doing hopefully a whole track on Environment and conservation next year as well as the private sector track and the humanitarian and health track and perhaps even one for governments as well so we're open to any suggestions for topics and things that you'd like to see in the conference next year we're hoping to do it in April once again in Geneva so you can mark that on your calendars and you can look back at the conference website there for further details that we'll try to get out to you all as well I did receive a few questions about whether we'll be sharing any of these resources from the webinar today and yes indeed we will so those of you who have attended we will send you a PDF with links to various resources as well as the slides so that you can take a look at those so let's go ahead and see if you have any questions wondering who and how could verify the drone or live streamed data collection or data correction so we have a question I'm wondering who and how one could verify drone or livestream to data correction and that's the one question we have from the audience already so perhaps Adrian do you want to take that question yeah I'm not sure I sort of live stream data correction as that sort of Asian of data on the ground I'm not quite sure if that's due ground proofing and I don't know if it sounds like it verifying the drill yeah so it sounds like more about ground truthing and all how do you go about doing that right yeah I think well in terms of our organization we we have quite good base Maps for the UK and from Ordnance Survey so that's one of the main I guess we're not really working in a very high precision a lot the stuff we're doing is you know it's not like a survey level centimeter precision but we yeah we normally am just validate against sort of you know base maps that we have to make sure that the the kind of the spatial accuracy is correct I know that if you do want to do that more going to centimeter level precision then using what called ground control points essentially areas centrally locations are on the ground that you know the exact location of measured with very high-powered GPS can help with the accuracy but I I'm not sure about the live-streamed part of the question may be it may be Cedric or someone else good I mean or Brendan can answer that yeah I'm actually unsure of what magine is talking about with the Leiden Street and data correction but I would just encourage nudging to reach out to us and you can send us an email and we can we can follow up with you on that question offline and I can just drop my my email in the chat there to answer make sure we reach out to imagine yep yeah we'll definitely reach out you it's great to see we have people participating from as far away as Bangladesh I think that's literally the other side of the world from where I'm sitting so it's great to have so many people joining the call the webinar other questions yeah yep I guess I'm a little bit curious um carmella belt you know next year maybe okay can we maybe give some information to – are you the people that are joining the webinar about about plans or time frames or you know how can people get involved for for next year's event yeah definitely if you'd like to reach out to us at the end of this webinar there'll be a questionnaire and you can say yes if you'd like us to reach out to you and you're welcome to reach out to Brendon I believe just shared his 'm his email and I will put mine here in the chat for you all as well we'd love to have your ideas about content and presentations you'd like to see or give so please don't be shy and you know definitely reach out to us so that we can you know get as many perspectives as possible at the conference it's mostly focused on international organizations and NGOs but we also recognize sustainability and sustainable development takes everyone so the private sector and governments that academia are also have a lot to share and contribute and learn so we do have another question about yeah prosthetic so the question is you know how does UNHCR use GIS resources to coordinate response activities and specifically with with its implementing partners so the folks that you're working with with in camps or in urban environments how do you how do you use GIS to to facilitate these these response activities well that's that's a big question give us the elevator pal yeah basically using yes mainly for I would say like the data collection side and pushing all of that too online repository using rjs online so that's mainly what we use with partners then we have all the UNHCR staff that will be doing all the desktop mapping story Maps web maps and stuff like this but for for our partners is mainly on the data collection that we will use that and for the first time also in Bangladesh we have been starting to use the navigation function that you can use with our collector and the other one the navigator navigator here yep so that's that's all we use it but it's it's yeah I guess for right now it's mainly on with the partner it's mainly on the data collection we also work on with like more particular partner like how to ng on the development of web application for us like for camp mapping and like more in death camp mapping when you have like information about every settlement or every every like construction in the site we've done multiple over the last few years we will definitely increase the number of those those camp that we will map in the future so that's that's all integrated I would say like Jas environment studying basically following all the data cycle from the data collection to the storage to the dissemination and analysis I hope it answered a question yeah that's great that's great that's really good information thanks for that Cedric um I guess I guess I have a question that maybe I can put two since we heard from Cedric we just heard from Adrian maybe I can put to Claudia she's still with us so we kind of we heard how how you are using GIS to kind of digitally transform my Kia I'm just wondering kind of moving forward and into the future after the conference that you know the next year what are the things that you're kind of excited about from a technological perspective that that you're hoping to to incorporate into the work you're doing with Erie is there anything in particular whether it's analysis our particular tool dashboards drone Maury drone use you know what what is um what's on the horizon for you what's coming up yes so that's a good question because actually last week I was with one of my colleagues in high school talking about the usage of technology in forestry and we were very excited about how we can use drones or satellite imagery to improve our planning activities and also the monitoring of the forests and we we have some insects some bark beetle attack in one of our forests and my colleague was explaining that because now he has a drone he was able to actually monitor in a very good way faster and cover more ground and he was actually able to do it before so I think that for me very excited would be to to be able to use more drones may be we are planning to buy more drones and see if we can use you know combination lidar with with remote system we can create some forecasts on on the forest and on the other tools to be honest I would expect a little bit more – poor thing because we've been trying to use that but well you know that the dashboard for mile from ESRI doesn't solve actually all the questions that you want to put to your database or clear datasets so we we've been looking into a combination with power bi in in that direction so that's kind of the sail for the next one year I think that our focus will be on the remote citizen drones and – morning great yeah that that's really interesting and that they're kind of moving into different data sources but also maybe different tools that can leverage your data your GIS data I like like power bi the integration there that can kind of fill in the gaps a little bit for for what you what you need interesting Adrienne I'm a little bit curious from your perspective as you as well in the conservation space particular with your organization you know what what are some of the new geospatial technologies or maybe not new geospatial technologies but may underutilized or for places where you're looking to grow into you know whether from it's a planning perspective operations monitoring communication is there anything that you're particularly excited about leading up to to kind of next year yeah I think I think one of the big things for us is mobile data collection and we've done a few sort of small projects using collector and so one two three but I think we really need to sort of scale that up and you know all we really want to make a mobile data collection kind of ubiquitous and kind of like a normal it's still seen it's quite a new thing and I think it needs to that's something we really want to change and I think female it seems that the ESRI products do offer that and I think that something that we're quite excited about also I think remote sensing I think is something that we've sort of started to look at but I think as I kind of mentioned with drones something seems to be really important to us is change detection and being able to have alerts when something changes and I reserves you know if deforestation things like this so changing in farming practices and trying to use more of the kind of readily available remote sensing data and some of this new kind of machine learning kind of processes to kind of see if we can really kind of do something there I think that's quite an exciting area yeah that's interesting is I think one of the things we heard at the the conference was you know drones have a great role to play in a sense that they're inexpensive they can create you know high resolution information products however when you when you start to try to scale that to large areas of interest you know it's quite difficult to do that right from a resourcing perspective and just from a time perspective so kind of where does remotely sense satellite imagery or aerial imagery where does that plan to play into using drones as well so that you can use both sets of data and kind of complimentary ways so yeah that that's an interesting area to kind of get into one little plug that might be a value to your organization or other organizations is just recently I think last week as we incorporated the Sentinel to satellite imagery into the living atlas of the world so you can directly access that that multispectral I think 10 meter and 30 meter resolution global data set for I think the last 14 months so if you're doing any multi spectral analysis that's that's a nice nice little data catalog that might be helpful I just thought it might be useful to you all and we can maybe share that as well and the resources and link to some of the documentation and blog posts for that well I think we're we're kind of coming near the end of time so maybe I'll turn it over to Carmel to kind of wrap things up sure yep I did notice that there was a couple of other questions I want to answer first Cedric there was a question have you used drone they need a collection in Bangladesh for the Rohingya camp to make a map yes so the drone I've been used extensively in Bangladesh may need to get a clear picture of the camp because most of the time in the region it's difficult to get satellite imagery so we have been using drone over there to to get with quality imagery I think there are still flying once a month drone over there in partnership with IO em it's not really directly in short but we're using drone in Bangladesh great thanks for that we also had a student from Ghana asked how do I get involved directly gis activities especially to build his capacity as a student researcher and i will be certain to send you Gordon some resources after the webinar and some ideas about that hopefully you can also share it with your fellow colleagues and so forth I'd be great unfortunately we missed the opportunity to help one person they've left the call about they had a question about mission planning software perhaps that was a question to adrian since he mentioned that so we'll try to connect to you with that person after the webinar I apologize we didn't get to that one so I think that's the summary of all the questions except we did have one more with respect to conservation activities or any of your organizations using GIS for citizen science initiatives perhaps Adrian's best to answer that but maybe the others are doing since the distance science work as well yeah we want to do more of that well we do have one big initiative the video every year called big garden bird watch where the whole of the Ute world it's a millions of people get involved and sort of tell us over weekend what they saw in their garden and then that's that's that forms quite quite an important and data set but we want to do a lot more and I think that's where this the open data and the arcgis hub something that it sounds like it's something that could really help sort of engage supporters and engage citizens with with your data and collecting their own data so yeah I think it's going to be quite a big thing going forward for us thank you very much for that I did find the announcement about the Sentinel to imagery services and shared that in the chat if you'd like to look there and lastly I just shared our citizen science resources blog which was updated not too long ago by our colleague of ours so that's available as well let's see one more question let's see it says is are there any are there already some tools from ESRI to model the Sentinel free images to filter automatically different environmental features there's a classic question Brendan or Adam do you know if they've done more with that I know it's so new perhaps we don't have the tools out as well yes so yes so as part of the the Sentinel catalog there's already a whole set of dynamically range adjusted I guess functions that are applied to them so essentially you can look at agricultural indices you can look at water indices you can look at that symmetry geology so all of these functions are they come with the with the services so you'd be able to pull those directly into ArcGIS online for example or just Pro and be able to view these these different functions dynamically with that you're you're also able to to perform your own analysis so if you wanted to do some sort of masking for certain values on NDVI for example it's it's really straightforward to to access those raster function tools directly in arcgis pro and you can dynamically apply those to the to the catalog so I guess in short there are I think it's they're a series of 10 or 15 different functions that that do anything from agricultural indices from water industry indices as well as natural color but then if you want to get into more specific masking and and and other management or analytical functions to apply to those images they're all accessible in in arcgis pro in the imagery tab there so so yeah they're ready to go for for analysis that's a great question I just found our Explorer for Sentinel to application so I'm kind of doing some real-time search is here and so there's more information about those different tools and the Explorer app that you can take a look at as well so great I think that's it for questions anything further that our presenters would like to cover before we do a wrap-up No okay well I wanted once again thank our presenters for their contributions they certainly did a great job at the conference for us and and as well here on the webinar so thank you for extending it out to all of those who couldn't attend so thank you everyone for attending yeah we appreciate your time I hope that you'll have learned many ways that GIS can help support the sustainable development goals and the challenges we're facing for sustainability it is World Environment Day so I think it's a perfect day to have done this webinar don't forget that we'll have a survey that will pop up once you close out of the webinar so please take a few minutes to answer those multiple choice questions it certainly helps us be informed about how to you know put together future webinars and topics of interest to you we also wanted to note that next week we'll be having our second webinar on June 14th it'll be the next webinar in the series of the sustainable development webinar series it'll be entitled the Federated system for the SDGs processing location intelligence data and organizations like the Ordnance Survey of Ireland that was mentioned earlier we'll be presenting and this is regarding work that we've been doing with the United Nations statistics division they've partnered with ESRI in an effort to help their UN member states implement data hubs for assessing monitoring and reporting on the SDGs or the sustainable development goals data hubs utilized location intelligence and the organization's core data to engage stakeholders communicate policy and form the public and measure progress we look forward to sharing more about the Federated system for the SDGs next week on June 14th with that I want to thank my colleagues Brendan and Adam and Raquel for organizing this I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day have a very happy World Environment Day thank you you

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