On Friday, September 9, 2016 Geospatial Niagara took part in the annual presentation/discussion at the Brock University Geography & Tourism Department Honours Internship course.
Approximately 33 students attended the seminar where we provided insight with respect to Geospatial Niagara and the various projects that we currently have on the go.
We have three internship positions for the 2016-17 school year.
The purpose of this project is to take the data currently in treeOcode Niagara and visualize the eco-benefits that the urban forest provides for the various neighbourhoods as well as over all statistics such as tree density, biodiversity and exploring “what if” scenarios in the unfortunate instance that some disease affects the various tree species that make up the Municipal tree inventory.
This project will run in parallel to the Niagara College treeOcode Thesis project – More on that in another posting.
This internship entails assisting in the creation of a Geography/Environmentally based radio program on 103.7 CFBU – the Brock University Community radio station. The program will be a topical discussion of events, projects and challenges that Niagara faces all within the context of geography and the importance geography plays in our every day lives.
We plan to conduct interviews with local community members, professors and others to discuss their research and it’s possible impacts to Niagara.
Some topics that may be discussed include Urban Forestry, Transportation challenges, the state of geo-literacy in Niagara, new technologies and possibly spotlighting local start-ups that utilize geospatial technologies and information.
Niagara Community Coalition:
This internship is responsible for assisting in the creation of the Vision and Mission statement for a proposed Niagara Community Coalition – this will be a coalition of neighbourhood and community groups that will be able to share resources, best practices and generally offer mutual support to each other in their various undertakings.
Many times neighbourhood groups come into existence to tackle an neighbourhood issue whether it’s related to community safety, beautification or other issues. Often times, these groups do not have the resources to devote tackling these issues and feel very much alone in their challenge. With the creation of the coalition, we hope to be able to connect these groups with one another and to other resources in Niagara, possibly retired planners or other community assets.
This project is very much in it’s infancy.
Thank you for reading. For more information about these or our other projects, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org