Seminar: Modeling Land Cover Change in Northern Thailand


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Environment Seminar by Daniel B. Scollon, Geography/GIS Instructor, Shasta College; Visiting Scholar, EWC

When: May 22 2008 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor) from 12 Noon-1:00 PM

Land cover change in montane mainland Southeast Asia
is the subject of on-going research at the East West Center. These changes to forest, farm, and city have implications for climate,
biodiversity, water resources, human health, economic vitality, social justice
and a range of related issues. Northern Thailand is experiencing on-going changes to
forest and agricultural lands, as traditional subsistence systems are
transitioning to modern commercial production, including rubber and floriculture.
Population growth and tourism are important agents of change as well. In order to understand the implications of
future changes, modeling is being undertaken at multiple scales. Patterns and drivers of change will be
discussed along with the modeling methods employed, including the use of geographic
information systems, satellite image
processing, and a custom modeling application known as
(Changing Land Use and it Effects).

Daniel Scollon has been in
geospatial and natural resource education in Northern California since 1996,
serving with a number of organizations including the Far North Regional GIS
Council, the California Geographical Society, Shasta Resource Advisory
Committee, the Shasta Land Trust, and the Redding GIS User Group. He is presently a participant in the NSF/NASA
funded Integrated Geospatial Technology and Training initiative aimed at
increasing remote sensing workforce training at community colleges. Daniel has
a long running interest in Southeast Asia, which
began during childhood while living in Malaysian Borneo. He has been a board
member of the Borneo Project since 1994, where he initiated a participatory
mapping program which remains active to this day. He holds a B.S. in Computer
Science from Cal Poly and an M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808-944-7607