Club Meetings and Activities

Next Club Meeting

Thursday, 10/23/14, 4 PM, UWM Cartography Lab, Rm 420, Bolton Hall. We'll be setting up the club's Trimble Juno GPS receiver for use during the Urban Ecology Center invasive plant mapping project on 10/30/14. See the club meetings page for details.

Club Officers

Jana Viel
Julee Mitchell
Keith Krukowski
Martin Ziech

Notices and Events

Planning is underway for the 2014 GIS Day at UWM on Wednesday, 9/19. The web site will soon be open to register for hands-on workshops and for the famous pizze lunch. There's no cost. Until then, see details about the 2013 UWM GIS Day.

Campus Garden Solar Analysis

Client: UWM Food and Garden Club

Need: To find locations on campus for garden plots.

Description: In late 2010 Kate Nelson, UWM's sustainability coordinator, asked the GIS Club to help the UWM Food and Garden Club to find garden locations on campus that had adequete sunlight and that met other criteria such as easy student accessability and availability of water.

The Food and Garden Club's goal was to reintroduce gardens to the campus. There had been victory gardens on campus during both World War I and World War II. The club offered four-foot square plots to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The club reserved some plots for Conservation and Environmental Science class projects and for UWM Restaurant Operations.

Results: Members of the GIS Club used the ESRI ArcMap Spatial Analyst Solar Analyst with LIDAR data and campus maps to analyze the number of hours of sunlight falling on each area within four candidate locations around campus...

After narrowing the search to the south lawn of the Physics Building, members conducted a detailed survey to establish the precise position of trees and other shadow casting objects before producing the final sunlight map of the location.

During the 2011 growing season, all the plots were gardened.