Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum

Geodesign for a Sustainable World

May 7th, 8am - 4pm, University of Washington, Seattle, HUB Lyceum 
Space is limited, pre-registration encouraged!

The Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners using geospatial information technologies to create, evaluate, and monitor sustainable solutions to complex problems. Many complex problems involve a mix of social, economic, and ecological considerations that require collaborative efforts to address the challenges at hand. Methods for arriving at sustainable solutions to problems are emerging in the form of geodesign frameworks and concepts implemented using geospatial information tools. The goal of the Forum is to provide participants with a level of understanding about geodesign frameworks and concepts plus geospatial information tools that can implement them for addressing sustainable solutions to complex human-natural-built community problems at varying spatial-temporal scales. Geodesign enables us to change our world through design. Forum discussions include Community-University partnering opportunities for exploring solutions to complex problems.  

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM  Pre-Registration Check-in and Light Refreshments
8:15 AM – 8:20 AM  Welcome, Introductions, Program Overview
8:20 AM – 8:30 AM  Who is in attendance?  Sectors-Areas-Attendees Participating
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  Why Geodesign? Its Character and Benefits with Q & A
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM  Challenges for the Geodesign Community
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM  Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Quick Cases Using Geodesign
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  Buffet Lunch with Discussions
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM  Discussion Groups: PNW Geodesign Community of Practice
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM  Report out from CoP discussion groups (3-5 minutes each)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM  Next Steps Synthesis for PNW Geodesign Forum
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Informal networking as we vacate the Lyceum venue - out by 4PM

Forum Sponsorship
National Science Foundation CyberGIS Project, U of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and UW
Dept of Geography and Master of GIS: Sustainability Management Program, UW
Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, UW
Hydrology and Hydrodynamics Group, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW
Land Surface Hydrology Research Group, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of Environment, UW
College of Built Environments, UW

Planning Committee
Tim Nyerges, Prof, Geography, Dir, MGIS: Sustainability Management (
Michael Goodchild, Affiliate Prof, Geography (
Bob Mugerauer, Prof, Urban Design and Planning (
Chris Overdorf, elm environments (
Bryant Ralston, GIS Geodesign Consultant (
Dorothy Reed, Prof, Civil and Environmental Engineering (
Nancy Rottle, Assoc Prof, Landscape Arch, Dir, Green Futures Lab (
Suzanne Withers, Assoc Prof, Geog, Assoc Dir, MGIS: Sustainability Management (
Kathleen Wolf, Research Prof, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, (