Cobb, who is the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at SIUE, has been named to the GeoFutures Advisory Committee in St. Louis. Cobb joins leaders from St. Louis’ public and private sectors who have joined a new initiative to bolster the region’s rapidly growing geospatial sector and develop a strategic plan for the future.
The committee will meet once a month and had its first meeting in October. The goal is to develop a strategic vision by March 2020.
“Our chancellor (Randy Pembrook) was contacted about having a representative from SIUE on the GeoFutures Advisory Committee and we were very excited to be invited to be a part of it,” Cobb said. “The group imagines St. Louis as a national hub for geospatial activities. While there is significant momentum to build upon, reaching that goal will take a regional effort of industry, government, non-profits, universities and other leaders on the committee.”
Geospatial technology relates to the collection or processing of data that is associated with location. Types of geospatial technologies include:
- Remote sensing, which is imagery and data collected from space or airborne camera and sensor platforms.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is a suite of software tools for mapping and analyzing data.
- Global Positioning System (GPS), which is a network of U.S. Department of Defense satellites which can give precise coordinate locations to civilian and military users with proper equipment.
- Internet mapping technologies, including software programs like Google Earth and web, features like Microsoft Virtual Earth that are changing the way geospatial data is viewed and shared.