February 11-13, 2024  |  Colorado Convention Center   |  Denver, CO, USA

Session Details


The Collaborative Impact and Power of Public, Private Partnerships from the Natural (climate) Environment to the “Built World”

Feb 15 2023

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MT

Room 605

MAPPS and WGIC together represent the full ecosystem of the geospatial industry. Both organizations are committed to helping their members excel and become recognized world leaders and innovators in offering geospatial technologies and services. MAPPS and WGIC bring together global private industry with governments and policy-based organizations focused on topics including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change, disaster resilience, sustainable infrastructure, etc., and ensuring the geospatial industry contributes to addressing these issues. Private industry participation in the geospatial provisioning of spaceborne, airborne, terrestrial sensors, and related technologies such as AI/ML, spatial digital twins, location, mobility and point-of-interest data has seen unprecedented growth over the last few years.

Our members produce innovative technologies, software solutions, and ancillary services to both firms and governments worldwide, including mapping, surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and manned and unmanned airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services, technology development, and geospatial products and services. MAPPS and WGIC assist their members by identifying new markets and demands for geospatial services, data, new technologies, and applications.

With this deep expertise, MAPPS and WGIC will focus on the intersection of geospatial technologies, for Climate Action, and the “Built World.” Our proposed presentation will leverage a panel comprised of both MAPPS and WGIC Members discussing results from both organizations which together demonstrate:

1. Reducing uncertainty in global environmental impacts for climate action by providing data across a range of spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions or scales, and the science and technology provided by our members to the “Built World” impacting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). Our session will discuss and demonstrate:

a) the collaboration, innovation, and financing of climate observations, and the associated impact on the “Built World” and the relationship between GIS, smart cities, connected cities, digital twins, and virtual reality;

b) ways in which data, products, services and tools, are essential to driving on-the-ground solutions and how the private sector impacts the science and “Built World” solutions where the environment and the “human made environment” collide; and

c)demonstrate new opportunities which are arising for analyzing secondary remote sensing measurements with frontier IT technologies which call for inclusion in the “Built World.” Examples will include real “Built World” projects such as capture of high resolution lidar and imagery supporting volcanic emissions producing highly accurate ½ m bare earth DEM of landscapes and serving as a baseline in the “Built World” to model and predict the future of flows and emissions for HADR and other projects that support HADR such as mapping deep water, shallow water and topography with nautical charts and depth maps, seafloor classifications, water clarity maps, in-water object detection, mapping of marine debris and infrastructure and those impacts on the environment and the “Built World.”

In summary, MAPPS and WGIC will demonstrate the true value and success of the power of public, private partnerships and its collaborative and supportive ‘impact for good’ on both the natural environment and the “Built World.”

This plenary will be co-moderated by Shawana P. Johnson of GeoBusInt and Barbara Ryan of WGIC


World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)




Kucera International

WGI Geospatial; WGI Incorporated


In Partnership with MAPPS and WGIC

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