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 GDEST 2008 Conference Sessions

In March 2008, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, and the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues organized a dialogue among hundreds of African geographers, GIScientists, and environmental scientists around the theme of Geospatial Science and Sustainable Development in Africa.  In order to facilitate this dialogue, the US Department of State sponsored a number of field visits to institutions throughout Africa as part of the Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology (GDEST) program.

The US delegation included members from the State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit and its Bureau of Oceans, Environment and International Scientific Affairs, as well as representatives from other US governmental agencies, several US universities, the American Geographical Society, the Association of American Geographers, and USAID regional offices. The teams conducted over 50 site visits and met with hundreds of African experts in the fields of environmental remote sensing interpretation and modeling, GIS cartography and analysis, agriculture, education, health, surveying, mining, climate, hydrology, population, urban systems, and information and communication technology.

The GDEST program culminated in a conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, in which leading African and international geospatial experts presented research, held discussions, and engaged in collaborative dialogues around the theme of "Geospatial Sciences for Sustainable Development in Africa.”

Their contributions to the Cape Town conference are made available here, organized following the meeting agenda.


Monday, 17 March 2008

Welcoming Remarks
Helen La Lime, US Consul General, Cape Town
Julian Smit, University of Cape Town, Co-host

Keynote Speeches
Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the United States, USA
Wilbur Ottichilo, Director, RCMRD, Kenya

GDEST Site Visit Panel Summary
Findings of US Scientific Consultations with African Geospatial Organizations and Institutions 

Theme 1 - Observing Africa
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

Chair: Paul Belanger
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

Chair: Didier Bokelo
African Wildlife Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo

Chair: John Kelmelis
United States Geological Survey, USA

Didier Bokelo
African Wildlife Foundation, DRC

Abstract
Poster

Eric Calais
Purdue University, USA

Presentation

Paul Belanger
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

Abstract

Paper 
Presentation

Mark Becker
CIESEN – Columbia University, USA

Presentation

Cornelius Van der Post
H. Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre, Botswana

Abstract 

Paper 

Presentation

Francis Koti
University of North Alabama, USA

Abstract 

Paper 

Presentation

Ganiyu Agbaje
National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Peter Silla Masika
Kenyan Meteorological Department, Kenya

Abstract

Paper

Shrikant Jagtap
University of Florida, USA

Abstract

 

Andiswa Mlisa
Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Joshua Comenetz
Census Bureau, USA

Abstract

Paper

 
Theme 2 - Analysis of Regional Challenges
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

Chair: Tsehaie Woldai
ICT-AARSE, Netherlands

Chair: Mohamed Hegazy
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt

Chair: Douglas Richardson
Association of American Geographers, USA

Craig Von Hagen
United Nations SIMaC, Kenya

Abstract

Paper

Alfredo Pontavida
Direcção Nacional de Geologia, Mozambique

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Sode Matiku for Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha
International Centre for AIDS Treatment Programs, Tanzania

Presentation (1)

Presentation (2)

Andries Naudé
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

Tsehaie Woldai
ICT-AARSE, Netherlands

 
 
 

Mohamed Hegazy
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Science, Egypt

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Rabindra Das
Department of Surveys and Mapping, Botswana

Abstract

Paper

Christine A. Kasedde
Institute of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Makere University, Uganda

Abstract

Paper

Poster

Presentation

Japhet Kashaigil
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

 

Harold Annegarn
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Natashia Morris
Medical Research Council

 
Theme 3 - The African Data Stream
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

Chair: Jerome Dobson
University of Kansas, USA

Chair: Robert Swap
University of Virginia, USA

Craig Schwabe
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

David Rain
George Washington University, USA

Presentation

Sias Mostert
SunSpace, South Africa

Abstract

Paper

Jean Pierre Hitimana
CGIS, Rwanda

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Yashon Ombado Ouma
Moi University – Civil and Structural Engineering Department, Kenya

Abstract

Craig Schwabe
Human Sciences Rresearch Council, South Africa

Abstract

Presentation

Daniel Slayback
Systems & Applications Inc, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA

Abstract

Poster

Gora Beye
Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal

Abstract

Poster

Elizabeth Hicken
Kingston University, South Africa

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Emmanuel Tembo
University of Botswana, Botswana

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

 

Amerley Ampofo
Sambus Company Limited, Ghana

Abstract

Paper

Foster Mensah
University of Ghana Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS, Ghana

Abstract

Paper

 


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Observations, Summarization, and Directions
Derek Clarke, Department of Land Affairs,Surveys and Mapping, South Africa
Paul Bartel, Humanitarian Information Unit, Department of State, USA
Dr. Ganiyu Agbaje, National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria 

Theme 1 - Observing Africa
Theme 2 - Analysis of Regional Challenges
Chair: Jean Pierre Hitimana
CGIS, Rwanda
Chair: Patrick Florance
Tufts University, USA

Charles Paradzayi
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Bolambee Bwangoy-Bankanza
South Dakota State University, USA

Abstract

Paper

Kolawole Olusegun Osunsanya
University of Lagos, Nigeria

Abstract

Lorraine Innes
University of Cape Town and MapTrix Services, South Africa

Abstract

Paper

Charles Ichoku
University of Maryland at NASA/GSFC, USA

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Benjamin Ofori-Amooah
Western Michigan University, USA

Shuaib Lwasa
Urban Harvest, Uganda

Abstract 

Presentation

Paya De Marcken
University of Maryland/CARPE/OSFAC, USA

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Kelley Crews
University of Texas, USA

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Patrick Florance
Tufts University, USA

Abstract

Paper

Presentation

Erick Khamala
RCMRD, Kenya

 
 
 
 
Theme 3 – The African Data Stream
Harmonization and Coordination
Monitor: Bob Swap

Panel Discussion: Science into Decisions
Moderator: Lee Schwartz

Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Collaboration
Moderator: Melba Crawford

Closing Keynote
Dr. Nina Fedoroff
Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, USA


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Summary Findings, Conference Conclusions, and Continuing Dialogue
Lowry Taylor, Sives Govender, and Elizabeth Gavin - Conference Rapporteurs

 

Workshops
CIESEN Workshop
Collaborative Technologies Showcase
Douglas Richardson
Association of American Geographers, USA
Akhona Damane
Environment & Development Planning, SA
Jerry Dobson
American Geographical Society, USA
Robert Marsters
GeoDecisions, USA
Debbie Sutherland
Surveys & Mapping, SA
Sias Mostert
SunSpace, SA
Carmelle J. Terborgh
ESRI, USA
EIS-Africa Workshop

 

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