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  • 02/12/2024 10:41 AM | Justin Quinley, GISP (Administrator)

    Coastal Alabama Geospatial Data Users Group

    Eighth Annual Conference

    Thursday, February 29th, 2024

    University of South Alabama Faculty Club

    6350 Fincher Road, Mobile, AL 36688


    8:30 a.m. – Registration Open

    9:00 a.m. – Welcome!

    9:15 a.m. – University of South Alabama GIS Program

    Speaker: Dr. Steve Schultze, Associate Professor and GIS Program Coordinator, University of South Alabama Department of Earth Sciences

    9:35 a.m. – Digital Coast Overview

    Speaker: Dave Stein, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

    9:55 a.m. – Where can I get GIS Data?

    Speaker: Justin Quinley, GISP, AnchorQEA

    10:15 a.m. – Break

    10:30 a.m. – ARSNiC: evaluating culverts at the intersections of road and aquatic highways

    Speaker: Daniel West, Geological Survey of Alabama

    10:50 a.m. – Coastal Alabama Geospatial Data Hub; Overview, Maintenance, and Tutorial

    Speaker: David Tidwell, Geological Survey of Alabama

    11:10 a.m. – Use of LiDAR and GIS to map pedestrian evacuation times in tsunami inundation areas of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

    Speaker: Dr. Carol Sawyer, Associate Professor and Geography Program Coordinator, University of South Alabama Department of Earth Sciences

    11:30 a.m. – Lunch

    Suggested places near campus: El Milagro, Heroes, Chicken Salad Chick, Voodoo Wings, Jerusalem Cafe, Cookout, Mellow Mushroom

    1:00 p.m. – Welcome back!

    1:15 p.m. – The Galápagos Islands, Microclimates, and GIS

    Speaker: Abby Kratsch, University of South Alabama Geography

    1:30 p.m. – Past Landmaking and the Future Threat of Hurricanes, Mobile, Alabama

    Speaker: Ragen Landrum, University of South Alabama Archaeology

    1:45 p.m. – Mobile Environmental Mapping

    Speaker: Isabelle Goolsby, University of South Alabama GIS Center

    2:00 p.m. – Bridging the Gap: Using GIS in Aquatic Plant Biology

    Speaker: Kaitlyn Sampson, University of South Alabama Biology

    2:15 p.m. – Break

    2:45 p.m. – Santa Rosa County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

    Speakers: Amber Bloechle, GIS Director, University of West Florida &  

     Dr. Derek Morgan, Associate Professor, University of West Florida

    3:05 p.m. GIS and the I-10 Bay Bridge Archaeology

    Speaker: Raven Christopher, University of South Alabama Archaeology

    3:25 p.m. Everyday I'm Shufflin' (People): Areal Interpolation and Dasymetric Mapping in GIS

    Speaker: Dr. Fabian Terbeck, Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama Department of Earth Sciences

    3:45 p.m. – Wrap-up!

    4:30 p.m. – GIS Happy Hour, Wingman Brewing (downtown Mobile)656 St Louis St, Mobile, AL 36602

  • 01/11/2023 8:48 AM | Justin Quinley, GISP (Administrator)

    Coastal Geospatial Data Group 7th Annual Conference

    Thursday, February 16, 2023

    Download the CDG 7th Meet Agenda

    **Light Breakfast/Break (Compliments of the GIS Association of Alabama (GISAA))

    Facilitator: Justin Quinley (Anchor QEA, LLC)

    8:00     Registration

    8:30     Welcome and Introduction

    8:40     Mobile LiDAR Mapping (Zach Grayson – Alabama Department of Transportation)

    9:00     Desktop Review and Change Detection (Preston Ellison & Brad Rhodes, Mobile County Revenue Commission)

    9:20     Using what3words and a Pinch of Google Plus Codes (Scott Warner, Baldwin County 911)

    9:40     GIS For Right-Of-Way Applications (Jacob Pierce, Baldwin County Highway Department)

    10:10   Break

    10:30   ArcGIS Field Maps: Development and Application (Justin Quinley, Anchor QEA, LLC)

    10:50   Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (J.D. D’Arville, Alabama Department of Transportation)

    11:20 -1:00 LUNCH on your own

    1:00 Breakout Sessions

    Alabama Department of Transportation Unmanned Aerial Systems Demonstration and walk through

    ArcGIS Field Maps (continued)


    If inclement weather conditions were to occur, this can be a limiting factor with the UAS demonstration and walk through in which case, walk through could still be possible and a few more presentations will be available during this time, if applicable.

    3:00 Wrap-up

    Participating organization representative(s) requested to briefly introduce their use of GIS in coastal Alabama, what data are being developed, web-based services, models/tools, etc.

    4:00 Adjourn

  • 11/21/2022 4:15 PM | Justin Quinley, GISP (Administrator)

    The CDG Steering Committee met on 11/14/2022 to work on the agenda and logistics for the 2023 meeting. We are looking to finalize the agenda and send out by mid-December. 

  • 02/06/2019 12:31 PM | Hunter Simmons

    Each Presentation can be found at the links below.

    Phillip Henderson - AGIO

    Dina Knight - CART

    Jerald Overstreet - Deploying ArcGIS Enterprise to AWS

    Nigel Temple - Restoration Evaluation

    If you are interested in being added to slack, please e-mail your request to:

    For more information on slack and for information about downloading the desktop and mobile apps: SLACK 


The mission of the Coastal Alabama Geospatial Data Group is to encourage and promote the development and sharing of geospatial data and technology in the coastal Alabama region for the benefit of local, state, and federal agencies and private entities. As GIS technology has become more widely used to mitigate the effects of major storm events, manage vulnerable natural resources, regulate development and land use, and support economic growth, extensive, accurate, and detailed datasets are critical.

In an effort to carry out this mission the CGD group intends to:

        • Encourage collaborative partnerships among member agencies for geospatial data development efforts.
        • Facilitate professional interaction between GIS users in the region.
        • Inform members on available geospatial datasets in the region.
        • Report on current or planned data acquisition or development initiatives in the region.
        • Promote data sharing and public access to geospatial datasets through web services and portals.
        • Encourage geospatial data standards and metadata documentation.
        • Demonstrate and deploy best‐practices for geospatial data development and analysis.
        • Foster training and professional enrichment opportunities for the GIS users in the region.


Ashley Peters, Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Bill Harbour, Baldwin County  Board of Education

Dina Knight, The Nature Conservancy

Jerald Overstreet, Vokert Inc.

Justin Quinley, Anchor QEA, LLC

Sarah Johnston, Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Scott Kearney, The City of Mobile

Kelly Tomkins, The City of Foley

Marian Hanisko, NOAA Affiliate

Rick Hudson, Mobile City

Steve Jones, Geological Survey of Alabama

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