2022 Geo-Resolution Conference

Register Now for the 2022 Geo-Resolution Conference

September 28, 2022
Busch Student Center, Saint Louis University

Registration for the 2022 Geo-Resolution Conference is now available. Please visit our registration page at the link below to register and for further information. Scroll down for the conference agenda and information on the student poster session and career fair! 

Geospatial Perspectives on Climate Change: Predicting and Mitigating Effects

2022 Conference Agenda

7:30–8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:30–8:35 Welcome & Introduction

8:35–9:00 “Leaders’ Look” – Developments in the Geospatial Ecosystem

  • Dr. Fred Pestello, Saint Louis University, President
  • Vice Admiral Frank D. Whitworth, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Director
  • Moderator: Dr. Susan Martinis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation

9:00–9:30 Morning Keynote Conversation

  • Jack Dangermond, Esri, Founder and President
  • In conversation with: Dr. Michael C. Morgan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction 

9:30–9:45 Location, Collaboration, and Impact

  • Dr. Vasit Sagan, Taylor Geospatial Institute, Acting Director

9:45–10:15 Networking Break

10:15–11:00 Panel 1: Water Tension and Conflict (with Q&A)

Changes in climate are affecting sea levels, coastlines, and fresh water availability, access, and quality across the planet. Coastal zones are changing while droughts and floods are increasingly becoming more severe in locations with limited capacity to cope. This shift in resources impacts animal habitats, alters food resources for many populations, and heightens geo-political tensions. This conversation will examine how geospatial tools can be used to help stakeholders make science-based decisions on water policy and management.

  • Dr. Jason Knouft, Saint Louis University, Professor of Biology and Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Venkataraman Lakshmi, University of Virginia, Professor of Engineering
  • Dr. Claire Masteller, Washington University in St. Louis, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Tom Parris, ISciences, L.L.C., President
  • Moderator: Dr. Anthony Nguy-Robertson, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, R&D Scientist

11:00–11:45 Panel 2: Migration Due to Climate Change (with Q&A)

The purpose of this panel is to investigate the impact of climate change on human mobility and the potential for humanitarian crises and conflicts. Climate change is threatening the way humans live by increasing the pace of natural disasters, diminishing access to resources, and destabilizing livelihoods—all factors that lead to migration. But the effects of these changes are unequally distributed, both geographically and socially, with the consequence that human mobility takes many forms and varies with regard to distance and permanence. This panel will consider how changes in the environment combined with human mobility create conditions that can upend communities through their dissolution, assimilation, and reimagination.

  • Jordan Beauregard, Defense Intelligence Agency, Senior Analyst for Climate Security
  • Paul Costigan, International Institute St. Louis, Senior Vice President and Missouri Refugee Coordinator
  • Dr. Audrey Lumley-Sapanski, University of Nottingham, Rights Lab Research Fellow and Lead in Migration and Displacement
  • Shuai Zhou, Penn State University, Ph.D. Candidate in Rural Sociology and Demography 
  • Moderator: Caitlin Flanagan, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Human Geographer

11:45–12:45 Attendee Lunch

12:45–1:30 Special Session: Engaging the Next Generation of Geospatial Practitioners through Educators (with Q&A)

This broadcast is designed to help educators and career counselors engage their students in opportunities in the geospatial ecosystem. The panelists will explore tools and resources to integrate geospatial into the classroom to engage and captivate the imagination of the young minds.

  • Molly Brady, USGIF, Education and Professional Development Coordinator
  • Andrew Hayden, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College, Director
  • Anita Palmer, GISetc, Technology Teacher
  • Alex Schenk, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis Public Schools, Lead STEM Teacher 
  • Moderator: Tara Vansell, Lindenwood University, GIS Lab Manager/GIS Instructor; USGIF St. Louis Area Working Group, K‑12 Education Working Group Chair

1:30–1:55 Afternoon Keynote Address

  • Dr. Holden Thorp, Science Family of Journals, Editor-In-Chief

1:55–2:00 Poster Session Winner Announcement

  • Announced by: Dr. Ness Sandoval, Taylor Geospatial Institute, Acting Associate Director for Diversity, Education, and Training

2:00–2:45 Panel 3: Impacts on Energy and Food Systems (with Q&A)

What are the impacts of climate change on energy and food systems? How can geospatial tools help researchers to rethink energy and food systems and make them more resilient to climate change? This panel explores the interconnected nature of climate, energy, and food systems from a number of different perspectives, including agricultural technology, water resources management, and sustainable energy systems. Together the panelists will consider innovative paths forward in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change on energy and food systems.

  • Dr. Tom Eickhoff, Climate LLC, Chief Science Officer
  • Dr. Carter Christopher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Distinguished R&D Staff Member and Section Head, Human Dynamics R&D
  • Trish Cozart, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Office Director-Innovation, Partnering and Outreach
  • Dr. Allison Miller, Danforth Plant Science Center, Principal Investigator, and Saint Louis University, Professor of Biology
  • Moderator: Dr. Toni Kutchan, Danforth Plant Science Center, Vice President for Research

2:45–3:00 Break

3:00–3:45 Panel 4: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change and Health (with Q&A)

This panel explores the impact of climate change on human and animal health, infectious diseases, and biodiversity. Not only does climate change contribute to the loss of biodiversity and the emergence of new infectious diseases, but it can also make access to health resources more difficult, especially for those most directly impacted by climate catastrophes. Solutions to these challenges necessitate a multi-modal and interdisciplinary approach.

  • Dr. Michael Emch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Professor of Epidemiology
  • Dr. Daniel Hoft, Saint Louis University, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology, Director and Professor
  • Dr. Ram Raghavan, University of Missouri-Columbia, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Dr. Robin Verble, University of Missouri Science and Technology, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Moderator: Dr. Enbal Shacham, Saint Louis University, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Professor and Associate Dean for Research; Taylor Geospatial Institute, Acting Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives

3:45–4:15 Closing Keynote Address

4:15–6:00 Networking Social, Geospatial Ecosystem Discovery, and Career Exploration 

  • Please join us for the post-conference social

Additional Events

8:00–1:00 Student Poster Session

  • Students present their research on a variety of topics using geospatial technologies or tools. If you are a student or recent graduate interested in participating in the poster session, please fill out the application form. Participants in the poster session can win up to $1,000!

11:45–12:45 Student Mentoring and Career Exploration Lunch

  • The student mentoring and career exploration lunch is by invitation only. Please indicate your interest in attending (either as a student or as a mentor) during the registration process. Information will be sent to attendees in advance of the conference.

2:30–6:00 Career Fair

  • The career fair gives attendees the opportunity to explore career paths and find job opportunities with employers in the geospatial field. Registration is not required to attend the career fair. If you are a student and have a Handshake account, you can view participating employers on our Handshake event page. If you are an employer and your company is interested in participating in the career fair, please contact TGI@​slu.​edu

Mission Statement

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Saint Louis University (SLU) co-sponsor Geo-Resolution 2022 to provide a venue for collaboration among geospatial experts and students in government, academia and industry and to lay the foundation for innovative solutions to combat the effects of climate change.


Climate change is reshaping our planet — shifting water resources, creating new coastlines, altering natural food sources and energy assets, and impacting global health. Geo-Resolution 2022 aims to answer: How can we leverage geospatial technologies and perspective to predict and mitigate effects of climate change?


As our understandings of the science of climate change advances, questions and hypotheses abound regarding its impact on the world. Global tensions continue to rise as countries face the ever-increasing risk of instability and need for humanitarian assistance, ultimately affecting U.S. national security interests and the nature of geopolitical conflict.

During Geo-Resolution 2022, academic, government and industry keynotes, panelists and experts will explore geospatial technologies, methodologies and systems used to track and predict climate change more effectively and mitigate its effects on human populations, geopolitical tensions and global relations. Issues to be addressed include:

  • Geopolitical implications due to changing or declining water resources
  • Climate-related strains on energy resources and food systems
  • Population migration related to changes in climate
  • Innovative commercial applications to predict or mitigate effects
  • Climate-related health consequences

Geo-Resolution is structured to provide students access to experts in geospatial science and technology. In addition to the four panels and two keynote speakers, the conference features remarks from the NGA director and president of Saint Louis University, a “Young Mentors” panel for high-school students, a student poster session, career fair and networking activities.

Climate change is global; everyone has a role to play. Students, academics, government and industry are all invited to join the conversation during this one-day event at Saint Louis University Sept. 28, 2022.

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