This workshop will introduce participants to digital mapping tools and techniques (Geographic Information Systems or GIS), and how small landowners and permaculture designers can use these tools with freely available data for site planning. A map is an integral part of Permaculture design, and using a digital format allows for multiple data overlay and for obtaining real-world measurements.
We will investigate what data layers are available, useful and appropriate, and where aerial photos, topographic data, soil maps, and other spatial data layers can be found online, downloaded, and integrated to develop site plans for design and land management.
In the morning, we will demonstrate data access, tools, and techniques, and we will look at the pros and cons of using free online tools such as Google Earth versus GIS software. In the afternoon, participants can work on maps of their own sites in the OSU computer lab, guided by the instructor.
This workshop will focus mostly on freely available software and data, but will also present how more advanced tools and techniques can be used to obtain slope, aspect, and solar radiation maps as well as outputs with higher detail and greater accuracy.
Andrea Laliberte bio
Dr. Andrea Laliberte is a remote sensing scientist with over 14 years of experience in academic and government research in geospatial analysis of aerial and satellite imagery for natural resource applications. Andrea has a MS in rangeland resources and a PhD in forest resources from Oregon State University.
For the past 8 years, Andrea was a remote sensing scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, NM, and an adjunct professor in Geography at New Mexico State University. She focused on developing image processing techniques for assessing arid land degradation, and developed novel applications for using unmanned aircraft for remote sensing applications.
In 2011, Andrea and her husband moved back to their 5-acre property in Brownsville, Oregon, where they plan to use permaculture principles to develop a small farm. Andrea recently founded earthmetrics, a consulting business that offers geospatial analysis and services for natural resources, and she plans to integrate her experience in the geospatial field with her strong personal interest in permaculture, organic gardening, and small farms.