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GIS Day 2021 | Racial Equity, Social Justice & Climate Change Gentrification | November 17

Racial Equity, Social Justice & Climate Change Gentrification 2021 has been a challenging year. While racial inequities and the need for social justice appear to be borderless, climate change and its effect in our society has awakened us as a society to the importance of understanding geography. Cities are grappling with an increased number of hurricanes, widespread flooding, building collapses and forest fires. Disadvantaged residents are forced out of their neighborhoods. Their cities’ resilient plans are often inequitable and climate change gentrification exposes these deep-rooted inequalities. In the midst of a pandemic and racial injustices, the world is more digitally interconnected than ever. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables us to have a better understanding of climate change and its socio-economic effects on global sustainability and vulnerable populations who are coping with systemic racism.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualization using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations – helping users make smarter decisions.


November 17, 2021​

Welcome Remarks and Introduction of the Speakers

What is GIS?

President Fritz

Keynote: Mario Alejandro Arzia - Disposable City Miami's Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe


Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg - Combatting Climate Gentrification Using GIS: The Power of Local People, Places and Spaces



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