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2023 Summer OKSCAUG User Group Meeting at Norman

  • 14 Jun 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma


  • Free Meeting Registration


National Weather Center
University of Oklahoma
Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd
NWC Suite 1100
Norman OK, 73072-7303


Get Driving Directions to the National Weather Center

Make Plans to join us for a Pizza Lunch following the Meeting!

  A special thanks to :

The Center for Spatial Analysis for Sponsoring this event

The National Weather Center for the facility.

The first two parking rows are reserved for visitors & carpooling is encouraged as parking space will be limited.


All Foreign Nationals are required to fill out the Foreign National Visitor Form by TBA to be able to attend the tour.

Download Foreign National Visitor Form

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Registration / Coffee & Breakfast Snacks Sponsored by CSA

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 - 10:00 a.m. 

Presenters: Candace Perry and Daniela Spade, Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA)

Title:  Success Story of modernizing the OK Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Consumer Protection Division using GIS

Abstract:  The Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA) is a multidisciplinary research center located on The University of Oklahoma Norman Research Campus. CSA is most well known for their key role in assisting the Oklahoma Election Board, School Boards, and Tax Commission in maintaining boundary and addressing data. However, CSA also provides web mapping application development, hosting, and maintenance for geospatial data for a range of clients. For the past three years, CSA has been working with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) to modernize their field data collection methods. We will discuss how CSA assisted ODAFF in transition from Excel-based field collections to ArcGIS Collector and, more recently, Field Maps to streamline their data collection.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. 
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. 

Presenters: Vivek Mahale - National Weather Center

Title: The Use of GIS to Provide Decision Support Services and Storm Damage Assessments in the National Weather Service

Abstract: The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, has been on the forefront of leveraging remote-sensing data, such as satellite and radar, with GIS to provide Decision Support Services for our core partners. For example, the Norman Weather Forecast Office has leveraged GOES-16 satellite technology to provide real-time notifications of wildfires since 2016. Many notifications are received prior to emergency 911 calls, and in some cases, have facilitated rapid response to fires that saved lives and property. NWS Norman also developed a Damage Path Tool to provide first responders, emergency managers, and FEMA with near real-time, preliminary damage polygons for tornadoes based on radar data. GIS is also utilized in the Damage Assessment Toolkit, which is used to collect and quality control data gathered in the field during post-storm damage assessments. Data in KML or shapefile format can be extracted for dissemination to partners and the public. 

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

 Break11:00 - 11:45 a.m. 

Presenters: Joseph ‘Brig’ Bowles, Greg Hakman and Mark Stewart - Esri

Title: Esri Resources for Disasters and Crisis Response

Abstract: Critical incidents, including natural disasters, terrorism, and cyberattacks, are becoming more frequent, intense, and complex.  Location intelligence is vital during these times, sharing location data in real-time helps prioritize incident response and ensures resources are available when they are needed the most. Learn about Esri’s Living Atlas of the World and connect with authoritative data quickly and easily. We will also explore other vast data resources that the ArcGIS system connects, works, and integrates with.

11:45 - 12:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

Pizza Lunch Following the Meeting12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

National Weather Center Tour

(Limited to first 30 individuals that register for the tour)

Attendees GISP Credits: 4 hours - EDU
Presenters GISP Credits: 1 hour - CON

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