CFP Ways of Knowing: Dismantling the Divide between Social and Natural Sciences in Weather & Climate Research

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 06:23

Papers are sought for a session entitled “Ways of Knowing: Dismantling the Divide between Social and Natural Sciences in Weather and Climate Research” to be held in the Sixth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research at the 91st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, during 23-27 January 2011. Reflecting this year’s annual meeting theme of “Communicating Weather and Climate,” this session will explore the contributions of diverse disciplines needed to understand the influences of weather and climate on human society. Research at the interface of weather, climate, and society demands interdisciplinary approaches, which are becoming increasingly popular ways to address complex contemporary issues. We will pay particular attention to communication between and across disciplines, focusing on explaining the epistemological background and methodological rigor of different social science disciplines. This session will take a broad view of social science contributions to weather and climate research by building upon presentations at the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting in a session entitled “Ways of Knowing: Traditional Knowledge as Key Insight for Dealing with Environmental Change.”

Regardless of time and place, our lives are played out against a background of weather and climate. Some of the most fundamental elements of the human experience have to do with weather and climate: how we adapt to them, how we make them meaningful, and, of course, how we talk about them. Research from the social sciences seeks to understand how “Our complex forms of collective life influence the way that we are affected by weather and climate, creating both forms of vulnerability and capacities to reduce impacts” (Strauss and Orlove, Weather Climate, Culture, 2003).

Social science disciplines, with their attention to human society and relationships between individuals and groups, stand to make meaningful contributions to research on weather and climate. We seek to facilitate these contributions by opening pathways of communication between disciplines, and between natural and social scientists, so that our respective theories, methodologies, and epistemologies – how we know what we know - can be respected beyond our own fields. Understanding the value and rigor of each other’s approaches is an essential first step to enhancing communication between scholars working at the interface of weather, climate, and society.

Our session will bring together scholars from diverse social science disciplines who are working at the interface of weather, climate, and society to engage with the meteorological community and present on how their theories, methodologies, and epistemologies result in rigorous research findings. We are particularly interested in contributions that display how these practitioners approach their research and the types of knowledge they produce, along with examples of research results resulting from these efforts. In the spirit of the meeting theme, communication, we will have a two-part session. In the first part a panel of social scientists will respond to questions about their disciplinary approach, followed by research presentations that show how different epistemologies have been put into practice in the second part. Please submit abstracts for an oral or poster presentation based on an aspect of your research that highlights your epistemological, methodological, or theoretical approach.

Please first contact Heather Lazrus ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Randy Peppler ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with your intentions (title and abstract) if you are interested in participating in this session. The call for papers for the annual meeting can be found at - scroll down to “Sixth Symposium on Policy and Socio-economic Research.” Abstracts should then be submitted electronically by August 2, 2010, at (scroll down to the appropriate link for this symposium: Sixth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research). It is important for you to coordinate with us so that we can make sure your paper is placed in our session.

An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation, which will be archived on the AMS Web site.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2010. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the web site. Extended abstracts (file size up to 3 MB) are highly encouraged to be uploaded before the conference. Late extended abstracts or changes to posted extended abstracts can be made up until 23 February 2011. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Note from July 30, 2010

This is a reminder that the abstract submission deadline for the AMS Sixth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research, and in particular our session "Ways of Knowing: Dismantling the Divide", is rapidly approaching, though we have it on reasonable authority that this deadline will be extended to August 13. Nevertheless, please consider submitting an abstract for our session as soon as possible. As the Call below indicates, please let Heather Lazrus and I know that you are doing so, and as an added piece of information, when you are on the AMS abstract submission website (, please select the "Topic" called "Policy and Socio-Economic Research Methods and their Applications." Best, Heather Lazrus and Randy Peppler Randy A. Peppler Associate Director, NOAA OAR Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies Director, ARM Climate Research Facility Data Quality Office PhD Candidate, Department of Geography The University of Oklahoma 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73072-7304 Voice: 405-325-6667; Cell: 405-822-7636; FAX: 405-325-3098


Tribal Representation: FGDC Recruiting National Geospatial Advisory Committee Members

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 14:44

See message below regarding search for tribal nominations for the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Please submit your nominations!!

The email below was forwarded with this note : "Perhaps you know of an energetic Native Geo-spatial practitioner that would be an asset to this organization and Native people in this regard?

Greetings all,

With the retirement of Bonnie Gallahan, Federal Geographic Data Committee's Tribal Liaison, I send this email. I recall our path crossing and found our meetings memorable and enriching. I do have a favor to ask each of you.

Please help the Federal Geographic Data Committee and the Department of Interior who are seeking nominations for the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. In this case we are specifically seeking Tribal representation.

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC),  a Federal Advisory Committee sponsored by the Department of the Interior under the Federal Advisory Committee Act,  reports to the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (the Secretary of the Interior or designee). The scope and objectives of the NGAC described in the NGAC Charter> are summarized as: “The Committee will provide advice and recommendations related to management of Federal and national geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. The Committee will review and comment upon geospatial policy and management issues and will provide a forum to convey views representative of non-federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.”

Attached below is the press release announcing the call for nominations.  It is also posted at:

Additional information about the nomination process is on the website at:

Current members of NGAC are:

Please distribute this information.

Your assistance is appreciated,

Sharon Shin

Federal Geographic Data Committee Secretariat Metadata Coordinator
Denver Federal Center
P.O. Box 25046    Mail Stop 302
Building 810 Room 8000
Denver, Colorado 80225-0946
303-202-4230 fax-303-202-4229


2010 ESRI International User Conference.- Tribal / Indigenous Program

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ESRI 2010 Tribal / Indigenous Session Descriptions
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Room 30-C

Managing Tribal Lands and Resources 8:30-9:45AM

Indigenous Communities face a wide array of pressures both internal and external on their lands and natural resources. This session will focus on the ways Indigenous / Tribal Communities across the country are using GIS technology to define and protect their lands and natural resources.

Presenters: Sandra Gaskell, RPA (Southern Sierra Miwulk Nation) Anthony 'Tony' Hartrich (Quinault Indian Nation)

Presentations: Indigenous Fisheries Historically Managed Along Sierra Nevada Treaty River Miles Sandra Gaskell, RPA, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Danette Johnson, GIS, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Michael Martin, Ph.D., Merced Flyfishing

Geographic Information System mapping of the culminating inventory of Traditional Cultural Properties of the lineage groups of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, were overlaid Treaty M, N, and E maps to reveal which existing 1850 river crossings and fishing endeavors were managed along the river miles of

the proposed Treaty areas. Treaty areas had boundaries defined by rivers where fisheries and crossings were affected by dams, ferries, blasting, and hydraulic mining. The historic extent of the seasonal anadromous salmon and steelhead runs in the reaches of the five rivers; the Stanislaus, the Tuolumne, the Merced, Chowchilla, and the Fresno Rivers were recorded with harvesting history compared to the river data of temperatures, gradients, and climate zones of the eco-regions. Information surrounding the lives of indigenous fishermen, the system of family use routes crossing the rivers, and indigenous fishing technology was used at the locations on specific species of fish.

GIS Support for Long-term Sockeye Salmon Habitat Restoration, Quinault River Anthony 'Tony' Hartrich, Quinault Indian Nation

The side channels of the Upper Quinault River have been the traditional spawning habitat for the Quinault Indian Nation's signature sockeye salmon - the Quinault Blueback. Much of this habitat has been lost or degraded. Currently there is a long-term effort underway to restore this habitat, involving the use of engineered logjams. An initial pilot project involving the placment of thirteen of these ELJ's has been put in place at Alder Creek. This presentation seeks to show how GIS has been used to analyze and visualize the geomorphic changes in the Upper Quinault's floodplain and how it is being used to plan further developments.

Realizing the Tribal Enterprise 10:15-11:30A

Tribal GIS programs typically support a wide array of core government business functions ranging from planning, cadastre, natural resource management, cultural resource management, transportation and increasingly, health and economic development. Increasingly Tribal Governments are leveraging enterprise GIS architectures to streamline the flow of information through the tribal government. This session will feature two Tribal GIS Programs who are realizing, and helping define, Enterprise GIS for Tribal Government.


]David Wyatt (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

Beau Barela (Ysleta del Sur Pueblo)


Fundamental Tribal Government role providing efficient services to Tribal Community, David Wyatt, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Governmental departments are challenged with efficient and accurate services to Tribal members: decision support, permitting, services, applications, land management and departmental collaboration with Federal/State. EBCI developed an enterprise GIS ‘Tribal-Integrated-Geographic-Information-System (IGIS)” to serve as the central repository of geographically related government services/business workflow. GIS is the core component of improving workflows in the services driven economy. The IGIS system supports web-services/based applications for land evaluation, land records management, economic assessment/planning, development review, inspection, management, permitting. IGIS integrates business requirements/evaluation by housing, utilities/engineering, cultural/environmental and integration of business, archeological/environmental/disaster planning and EMS/e911 services. IGIS serves fundamental governmental roles by providing efficient services to Cherokee. IGIS supports:


Interagency/inter-government information exchange with USDOI/BIA/BLM and state/local governments

Interagency/inter-government federal/state information exchange with DOI, BIA, BLM, EPA, USACE, USFWS, NHP, reporting requirements for water-quality, wetlands, flood management, environmental permitting, NEPA, sustainable land and natural resource management goals.

Interoperability with Electronic-Document-Management-System(EDMS)

Tribal Enterprise GIS Beau Barela, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

This presentation gives voice to the use of Enterprise GIS within the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indian Tribe. We will discuss how the Tribe is benefiting from the use of GIS and what software programs/platforms

are being utilized in an effort to effectively disperse GIS data throughout the organization. Our use of ArcInfo, ArcSDE, ArcServer, and Erdas Imagine will be touched upon, hopefully giving ideas to other Tribal governments. We will also discuss some of the creative ways we involved the entire community in the use of GIS and GPS technology.

GIS for Tribal Government 1:30-2:45PM 

Like any local government, Tribal governments are faced with many challenges in providing effective community services. GIS is increasingly used in support of many diverse Tribal Government services beyond the traditional project level GIS programs. This session will showcase innovative applications of GIS across Tribal Government.


Danette Johnson (Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Yosemite, CA)

Grant Timentwa (Muckleshoot Indian Tribe)


Real Time Mapping, Populating Boundaries of Yosemite California Treaties, Danette Johnson, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Yosemite, CA Anthony Brochini, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Sandra Gaskell, ARC Archaeology

Mapping the historic boundary marker references of each of the congressional maps from the eighteen unratified Treaties of 1851–1852 between the California Indians and the United States government required research to correlate data to visualize their locations. When the congressional treaty maps were compared to remnant family use tracts of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation defined by Stephen Powers (1866), they confirmed the literature review, family oral history, and population data reflecting existing occupation sites of 1850 inhabited inside the proposed Treaty areas. The value of retaining population loci has been beneficial in the preservation of traditional cultural properties found within them. The ethnographic villages confirmed through this activity, aligned resources which were to be depleted by the

inflation of the populations located within the Treaty M, N, and E boundaries when the outlying lands were evacuated to provide space for colonization by the growing Gold Rush California immigrants.

Using the Image Server Extension Grant Timentwa, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

The Image Server extension for ArcGIS Server allows users to directly publish large image collections without extension preprocessing. The Muckleshoot Tribe is using Image Server to serve imagery from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) for large areas of Western Washington. Image Server has simplified the dissemination of these image sets and has increased the productivity of staff who need quick and easy access to this data. This workshop will discuss tips and tricks for administering Image Server and will have a demo on the capabilities of the extension.

Managing Tribal Lands and Resources II 3:15-4:30PM

Indigenous Communities face a wide array of pressures both internal and external on their lands and natural resources. This session will focus on the ways Indigenous / Tribal Communities across the country are using GIS technology to define and protect their lands and natural resources.


Anne McTavish (SFSU)

Neli Nelson (Organized Village of Kasaan)


Putting Wintu Indian Tribe of California on the Map, Anne McTavish, SFSU

Various scholars, including ethnographers, linguists, and archaeologists, have published maps and descriptions of the Indian tribes in California. C. Hart Merriam and Alfred Kroeber disagreed about the location of the northern boundary of the Wintu. Using contemporary tools and data sets, the historic disagreement was re-examined and the analysis showed there is still much to be learned from the data. Anne McTavish will discuss the methodology used to examine and compare existing historic maps and

create new layers from text. The research was done as part of her Geography MA thesis at San Francisco State University.

OVK Brownfields Program Neli Nelson, Organized Village of Kasaan

The Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. The OVK Brownfields Program has been operating since 2008. Brownfields are “Sites that are underutilized or not in active use, on land that is either contaminated or perceived as contaminated.” The Kasaan Bay Watershed Council has identified 33 possible Brownfields sites in the Kasaan Bay Watershed. These are mine sites and prospects that were active from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s. As part of this ongoing project, a file geodatabase of spatial information in the project area was developed. This database includes cadastral information, imagery, roads, and potential Brownfields sites (among other layers). This presentation will cover the basics of the OVK Brownfields program as well as how the GIS database was developed and then used to create an online interactive mapping application showing project sites as well as photos.

Contact Info:

Please contact David Gadsden or Anne Taylor with any questions.
David Gadsden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (360) 754-4747 x8911
Anne Taylor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (303) 449-7779 x8276

International Conference on Indigenous Place Names

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 June 2010 21:08

Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University College, an Indigenous higher education institution in Guovdageaidnu, Norway is hosting 3.-8.9.2010 the first International Conference on Indigenous Place Names (ICIPN) and invites scholars from around the world currently working with Indigenous place names to join this first multidisciplinary conference.
International Conference on Indigenous Place Names
This first conference will focus on the processes necessary for Indigenous place names to gain political recognition.  More information of the conference in the web page:

Conference features:

-Simultaneous interpretation of North Sámi and English, the official conference languages

-Keynote speakers from Sápmi, Kalaalliit Nunaat (Greenland), Africa, Pacific Islands, and Central America

-Indigenous names literature and poster exhibitions and webpage/database demonstrations

-Cultural engagement - Indigenous films, arts & crafts marketplace, Indigenous performances and cultural performances

-Optional field trip to Máze and Čávžu.

Registration fees:           2200 NOK /  1500 NOK (students).

Registration to the conference before  25.6.  through the web page:  Registration.

Eamibáikenamaid riikkaidgaskasaš konferánsa

dollojuvvo Sámi allaskuvllas 3.-8.9.2010. Bovdet dutkiid ja eará berošteddjiid searvat dán vuosttaš fágaidrasttideaddji konferánsii.

Vuosttaš eamibáikenamaid konferánsa deattuha proseassaid mat leat dárbbašlaččat vai eamibáikenamat dohkkehuvvojit politihkalaččat.

Eanet dieđut konferánssa birra neahttasiiddus:

Konferánssa áigge:

- Virggálaš gielat leat davvisámegiella ja eaŋgalsgiella; simultána dulkon

- Váldologaldallit leat Sámis, Kalaalliit Nunaatas (Ruonáeatnamis), Afrihkás, Pacific sulluin ja Gaska-Amerihkás

- Eaminamaid girjjálašvuođa ja posteriid čájáhusat, eamibáikenamaid diehtovuorkkáid čájeheamit

- Kultuvrralaš doalut: eamiálbmogiid filmmat, dáidda- ja duodjemárkanat, eamiálbmot kulturdoalut

- Eaktodáhtolaš ekskuršuvdna Mázii ja Čávžui.

Oassálastinmávssut:      2200 NOK /  1500 NOK (studeanttat).

Registreren konferánsii ovdal 25.6. Registreren.

Dearvvuođaiguin / With regards
Kaisa Rautio Helander

on behalf of ICIPN 2010

International Conference on Indigenous Place Names
Eamibáikenamaid riikkaidgaskasaš konferánsa
Sámi allaskuvla /Sámi University College
Hánnoluohkká 45
9520 Guovdageaidnu

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