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NZ Space Challenge 2018 Briefing: Intro to GIS and more!

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1st Assembly

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An overview of the Inaugural NZ Space Challenge (Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom and Eric Dahlstrom, SpaceBase) and Antarctic Researcher and Scientist Nancy Bertler will share her experience related to the Challenge problem statement and how it relates to future space missions. As a tool to solve the challenge, an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) will be provided by David Heron (GIS Analyst, GNS Science). Prepared videos and QGIS manuals will be supplied as a tool to use for helping solving the Challenge problem.

Speaker Bios:

David Heron

I have a BA in geography and BSc in Geology. After university I was employed by New Zealand Geological Survey as a science editor responsible for publishing geological maps. In 1990 I spent 8 weeks in Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica conducting geological mapping in the Dry Valleys.

In the early days geological maps were created using standard hand drafting techniques but later, after NZGS became GNS Science, we adopted GIS.

I worked on the QMAP geological map series which was the first map series to use GIS to capture and publishing geologic data. The first map was produced in 1996 and the last map was published in 2011. Following the completion of the individual maps we worked on making the twenty-one maps seamless and the GIS data is available on DVD along with a QGIS project that symbolises the data.

As a GIS Analyst I am asked to produce maps on a daily basis, but also to undertake modelling. Within GNS we have developed or use GIS tools to create tsunami evacuation zones, model landslide susceptibility, estimate damage and loss following an earthquake and model fire through an urban area. We have also used GIS to evaluate New Zealand for the areas with the highest potential for minerals such as gold, aggregate and coal.

Nancy Bertler

Associate Professor Nancy Bertler is a New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellow and is jointly appointed by Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science. She is the leader of the National Ice Core Research Programme and manages the NZ Ice Core Research Facility. Nancy has been a principle investigator for 13 field seasons in Antarctica, spending over 30months in the field. She has also worked in Greenland and Iceland. Nancy is the Chief Scientist of the 9-nation Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project which focuses on the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in a warming world and is leading the international effort to develop a science and logistics plan for obtaining an ice core from Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. She has been the inaugural chair of the international SCAR research programme ‘AntarcticClimate21’ which focuses on the improvement of climate and sea level rise projections for the 21st Century and beyond.

Emeline Paat Dahlstrom

Space entrepreneur, global change maker and aspiring exponential innovator. Emeline is a co-founder at SpaceBase, a social enterprise focused on democratising space for everyone by co-creating space ecosystems in emerging countries, starting with New Zealand.

Emeline is also on the faculty of Singularity University and a co-founder of International Space Consultants both based in California, USA. In 2017, she joined the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship program in New Zealand. She is an international traveller, adventure seeker, outdoor enthusiast, and aspiring environmentalist.

Originally from the Philippines, she has visited over 80 countries and territories, and has lived/worked in the Philippines, France, Switzerland, Canada, US, Spain, Sweden, Austria, China, and now New Zealand (Wellington).

Eric Dahlstrom

Eric Dahlstrom is a co-founder of SpaceBase and an Edmund Hillary Fellow with his wife Emeline. Eric is a space engineer, astronomer, and consultant who has worked on spacecraft design and space science for 35 years, both for NASA and the commercial space industry. He studied physics, astronomy, and space systems engineering and is currently the chair of Space Science at International Space University, having taught in ten countries.

Eric worked on the design of the International Space Station including the Russian interface. He co-authored NASA’s “Lessons Learned from Challenger” report and the risk of Shuttle accidents. He has supported a dozen entrepreneurial space companies, served as project manager for commercial lunar spacecraft and payloads, and managed team projects at Singularity University. He is a planetary sciences mentor for the NASA Frontier Development Lab, applying artificial intelligence to the hazard of asteroid impact.

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