Vernacular Region of “Up North,” Wisconsin

Since moving to Wisconsin over a year ago, I’ve been trying to learn as much about the local topynymy and places of interest. One place that’s come up repeatedly when talking to students is “Up North,” referring to the relatively sparsely settled northern portion of the state. This “Up North” area is important to Wisconsin’s tourist economy and cultural identity. Many Wisconsin residents own property in the region, specifically to support their recreational pursuits. Continue reading “Vernacular Region of “Up North,” Wisconsin”

GEO 106’s Full Tree Inventory of UWFox

This fall, for the GEO 106 classwide project, we were asked by UWFox dean Dr. Martin Rudd to take an inventory of trees on campus in support of the TreeCampus USA initiative. Each group was responsible for mapping approximately a quarter of the over 500 trees on the campus in two formats: a shapefile with attributes, and a Sketchup file that could be added to the existing UWFox Google Earth model.

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Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 2

Time-lapse photo series of the Great Wisconsin Blizzard of 2012 (aka “Draco”), taken between 11p December 19 and 9p December 20. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, controlled by DSLR Assistant for OSX. Continue reading “Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 2”

Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 1

Time-lapse photo series of the Great Wisconsin Blizzard of 2012 (aka “Draco”), taken between 11p December 19 and 9p December 20. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, controlled by DSLR Assistant for OSX. Continue reading “Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 1″

Balloon Launch F-01 – December 5, 2012

Originally planned to launch as part of GIS Day, and then having been three times delayed by weather, we finally launched the first balloon imaging mission on December 5, 2012. The original intended use for the data was to supplement GEO 106’s TreeCampus USA inventory, but it was not completed early enough for that application. Dr. Beth Johnson, as well as a handful of students, were very helpful in giving a hand for this launch.

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Shawn’s WLDAAG / ELDAAG Poster


Shawn Kargus, who’s been working on adapting aquaponics as a low-cost way to solve food deserts, received a Student Scholars grant to support his presentation of this work at the 2012 West Lakes / East Lakes of the AAG Joint Meeting in DeKalb, Illinois. Continue reading “Shawn’s WLDAAG / ELDAAG Poster”