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Spatial Data Science Students Welcome/Welcome Back

August 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

M.S. in Spatial Data Science students, kick off the new academic year at our Welcome/Welcome Back meeting.

Undergrad Welcome/Welcome Back

August 31, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for a welcome/welcome back to all undergrads of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Brown Bag Series: Analyzing NASA's Geospatial Data

September 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Analyzing Geospatial Data with NASA’s Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS)
Sydney Neeley, Remote Sensing Scientist at the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

NASA’s Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS) assists you with extracting valuable information from geospatial data from several federal data archives. AppEEARS provides a user-friendly interface for reducing the amount of time and effort traditionally required to perform spatial and temporal subsets, reproject and mosaic data, and visualize data values graphically. More than 80 geospatial data products are available and applicable for a variety of disciplines. Types of data products in AppEEARS include Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and global population data. A demonstration will be given of the functionalities of AppEEARS and use case examples will be explored for submitting both point (geographic coordinate pairs) and area (vector polygons) requests.

Population, Health and Place Ph.D. Program Admissions Info Session

September 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

USC PhD in Population, Health and Place Admissions Info Session
Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Spatial Sciences Institute Conference Room, Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF) B57J or listen to the livestream via this Bluejeans link:

Learn about this interdisciplinary Population, Health and Place Ph.D. program jointly offered by the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine, the USC Dornsife Department of Sociology, and the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute, and its career opportunities in the academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Speakers will be:
Lynne M. Casper, PhD, Professor of Sociology, USC Department of Sociology
Rob S. McConnell, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
John P. Wilson, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Applications for the class to start Fall 2019 will open on August 1; start your application here. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018.
To RSVP for the info session or for more information, contact Ken Watson, Academic Programs Director, at (213) 740-8298 or

Spring 2019 Registration Open House

October 04, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Figuring out your spring semester schedule? Consider taking a SSCI course.

Brown Bag Series: Case Study in Species Conservation

November 06, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Can protected species and humans coexist within a subsistence agricultural landscape?
Wanting Peng, Ph.D. Candidate, Landscape Architecture, Tongji University, and Visiting Scholar, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

The conflict between species conservation and human livelihoods is profound and challenging, especially in developing countries that have high pressure on the large population living in protected areas. The spatial methods integrating fieldwork and spatial analysis techniques offer a method to integrate biophysical modeling, socioeconomic modeling, and the assessment of human wellbeing, and promises to be a useful decision support tool for resource managers.

This talk will present research using spatial analysis to model and explore the relationship between the threatened Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis), the physical environment, and human activities in a rural mountainous region of China to improve a sustainable planning and to better inform conservation decision making.

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