DigitalGlobe Foundation to Provide Free Access to Satellite Imagery for UC Davis

A village area in Nepal — Satellite image courtesy of the DigitalGlobe Foundation.

The University of California, Davis recently entered into a partnership with the DigitalGlobe Foundation, which will enable campus affiliates to freely access high-resolution satellite images from DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), for research and educational purposes. Through this collaboration, the DigitalGlobe Foundation will provide sub-meter spatial resolution geospatial data to support the University’s research. The Foundation’s aim is to foster innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, food and water security, building resilient cities, and recovery from large-scale natural disasters.

“This type of data is what we often see after disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and severe storms, but the actual range of use of the imagery to help answer ecological and agricultural questions is much wider,” said Susan Ustin, Professor of Environmental and Resource Sciences in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

DigitalGlobe imagery has been used to support groundbreaking research on measuring the effects of climate change on the landscape, understanding animal populations and biodiversity, identifying undiscovered archeological sites, and determining how to best provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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#maptimeDavis Field Work Prep

You’ve been through all the equipment catalogs and that one thing you need just isn’t available for purchase.  Whether it’s ground control targets, quadrat frames, or permanent markers, you’re just going to have to make it yourself.  But how?  This installation of #maptimeDavis takes us on a tour of UC Davis’ own Craft Center to learn about the tools and resources available to you AND we’ll get a demonstration of common GPS devices for taking your own GPS points.

When? Tuesday, April 17, 1:00-3:00 – Meet at the Craft Center

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#maptimeDavis Is My Research Mappable?




“Is My Research Mappable?” is an introductory workshop on map making and GIS for researchers.

This workshop will introduce GIS and spatial data, include activities for brainstorming with other researchers, and provide resources for getting started working with spatial data.  Examples from medicine, literature, history, and social science!  In this session we won’t be using any specific software, but rather we will focus on discussion & demonstrations.

When? Tuesday, April 10, 1:00-3:00 in the DSI Classroom – room 360 Shields Library

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#maptimeDavis Spring 2018 Schedule

#maptime is time for making maps! Join the UC Davis geospatial community for a mapping skills workshop series.  Workshops take place Tuesdays 1:10-3:00pm in the DSI Classroom, 360 Shields Library.  Register for workshops on the UC Davis Library’s Workshops Page.

Date Topic Speaker
10-Apr Is My Research Mappable?
An introduction to map making
and GIS for researchers Register
Michele Tobias
17-Apr  Field Work Prep: Craft Center Tour + GPS
***Meet at the Craft Center  Register
 Jared Tolla
(UCD Craft Center) &
Scott Herbert
(California Survey & Drafting Supply)
24-Apr Mapping Surface Water Change with Earth Engine
***1:00-4:00  Register
 Ani Ghosh
1-May Learn to High Performance Compute: Geo style
*** Register
 Alex Mandel
8-May OpenStreetMap Mapathon
***  Register
 Emily Hurry & The Geospatial Community
15-May Collecting Location Data with Phones and Tablets *** Register  Alex Mandel
22-May Remote Sensing with Planet
*** Register
 Orestis Herodotou (Planet)
29-May Species Distribution Modeling: Bigfoot Example
***  Register
 Elise Hellwig

#maptime Davis is brought to you by the UC Davis Library’s Data Management Program & the UC Davis Center for Spatial Sciences with help from several campus clubs and informal learning groups.  Space is generously provided by the Data Science Initiative (DSI).

#maptimeDavis Spatial Databases


Take your GIS skills to the next level with an introduction to Spatial Databases with UC Davis Library’s GIS Data Curator, Michele Tobias!  Writing queries in spatial SQL can save you time and allow you to process much larger datasets than the graphical user interface GIS programs.  If you’re already experienced with programming, spatial SQL can allow you to work with spatial data in new and more efficient ways.  Databases also allow you to organize your data and can circumvent the need for saving many intermediate datasets.

We’ll work with the DB Manager in QGIS for this workshop because it’s easy to install and works on all common operating systems, but we’ll also discuss other spatial database options.

When? Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 from 10:00-12:00 in the DSI Classroom (360 Shields Library).

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#maptimeDavis Finding Remote Sensing Data


Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 2018 from 10:00-12:00 in the DSI Classroom (360 Shields Library), join the Center for Spatial Sciences’ Ani Ghosh for a discussion of how to find remote sensing data.  Ani will cover, among other topics, UC Davis’ partnerships with companies like Digital Globe to provide researchers with free or discounted imagery.

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#maptimeDavis Open Mic Session


The #maptimeDavis Open Mic Session is your opportunity to hear a little bit about the geospatial projects and research happening in our community.  Join us Feb. 21, 2018, from 10:00-12:00 in the DSI Classroom (360 Shields Library) for a many short presentations about mapping!  Speakers will have about 5 minutes to share.  Topics include python libraries, humanitarian spatial analysis, collaborative data creation, drones, mapping for agriculture, mapping for indigenous communities, monitoring desertification, kite aerial photography, landuse classification, human-caused land cover change, and an aerial photo collection.  We’ll travel virtually to Point Reyes, Tunisia, the St. Lawrence River, Kiribati, California’s wine country, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania’s Ikorongo-Grumeti Game Reserve, and Russell Ranch!

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