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    MSUM Science Center Restoration and Monitoring

    A $527,000 Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund grant is supporting the restoration, by the Department of Natural Resources, of 160 acres of prairie and riparian forest habitat at Minnesota State University’s Regional Science Center, including experimental enhancement of approximately 50 acres to promote abundance and diversity of pollinators important to prairie ecosystem health. MSUM faculty and students are monitoring and assessing the areas under restoration. The monitoring protocols will be shared and the restoration effort will be incorporated into educational programming for K-12 students and the general public. As part of this project, Center for Geospatial Studies faculty and students are developing a GIS database for the Regional Science Center.  

    Campus Map Initiative

    MSUM is partnering with HERE to create a highly accurate and detailed digital map of the campus. Currently, the campus map is functional (though not live) and work has been done to include individual floor plans in the map. In addition, roof elevations have been collected to facilitate additional 3-D mapping of the campus buildings for future integration into the campus map. Geoscience major Tyler Solberg is assisting with data collection and data entry in support of this initiative.

    MN Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Counts

    In fall 2016, members of the Geospatial Center Steering Committee started the development of a mobile application to assist local homeless organizations in their survey and count of unsheltered homeless individuals in Moorhead. These Point in Time (PIT) surveys occur nationwide once a year in January. The goal of the app project is to help create a more efficient and modern data collection system, one that would replace the traditional pen and paper collection method. Using handheld devices such as iPads, mobile phones, or tablets, data is immediately entered into a web-based geospatial database - creating actionable data ready for analysis on many levels.

    The Center will continue work on the application throughout the summer and fall of 2017. The goal for the 2018 count is to equip each PIT team in Minnesota’s West Central “Continuum of Care” - which includes Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Traverse, Stevens and Pope Counties - with a device for mobile data collection. The team will further assist the Continuum of Care with data storage and analysis to help homeless service providers in their work.

    Past Research


    Digital Imagery, Precision Agriculture

    As part of Northland Community & Technical College’s 3-year, $249,480 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Crop Research Grant Program, MSUM’s Dr. Kirk Stueve will conduct satellite imagery analyses of crop yield productivity on select fields for growers in northwestern Minnesota. MSUM GIS Certificate students will be recruited to participate in the analyses. The project will focus on utilizing NextGen technology and unmanned aerial systems to aid the 21st century grower in creating yield efficiencies and promoting “green” agricultural practices.

    ESRI 2015 Educator Training Grant

    The Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE) in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will offer 2-day summer 2015 workshops to Grade 4-12 classroom teachers focusing on engaging students with ArcGIS Online (link to events with sign up information). This professional development opportunity, funded in conjunction with ESRI’s ConnectEd initiative, will also include sustained support from local entities. MSUM’s Kirk Stueve will serve as an instructor at the workshop in Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota, and Center for Geospatial Studies faculty and community partners will provide ongoing support during the 2015-2016 school year.

    Alzheimer’s Rally Day

    Kirk Stueve prepared a map summarizing 2010 Dementia Cases Reported and Serviced in 2010 (link to that map in the gallery) for the North Dakota Alzheimer’s Association to distribute to North Dakota legislators on February 24, 2015 as part of Alzheimer’s Rally Day at the capitol.