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Posted on April 18, 2014

An expert in geospatial information technology will speak at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Eberly Hall, Room 110.

Dr. Talbot J. Brooks directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University in Mississippi.

His presentation, “Saving the World One Grid Square at a Time,” will focus on how the tools and techniques of mapping can be used in the emergency preparedness phases of planning, mitigation, response and recovery.

Brooks’ appearance at Cal U is part of the Department of Earth Sciences Colloquia Series and is made possible by a Pennsylvania Space Grant.

About the speaker

Brooks was appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee for 2013-2016 by Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the Interior.

He is president of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association; director for the GIS Certification Institute; chair of the Technical User’s Group for the Mississippi Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and GIS; and member of the National Fire Protection Agency’s Technical Standards Committee.

He has served in a variety of emergency services positions, including in a volunteer position as chief engineer at the Bolivar County (Miss.) Volunteer Fire Department.

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