Science Modeling Challenge Winners Announced
Winners of the Esri Best Practices in Science Modeling Challenge competition were announced at the 2005 Esri International User Conference, July 2529, 2005, in San Diego, California. Dr. Elvio Giasson of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, won the $5,000 first prize for developing a nonpoint source assessment tool using ModelBuilder. Seven other winners shared the remaining $5,000 prize money.
|The winning entry was submitted by Dr. Elvio Giasson who developed a nonpoint source assessment tool.|
The contest, open to higher education students and faculty from accredited educational institutions, encourages critical thinking skills through the use of ModelBuilder, a geoprocessing tool that is part of ArcGIS 9. ModelBuilder lets users represent and manipulate data and processes graphically. Complex geospatial processes can be visualized and modified without tedious coding because the graphic representation of the model is translated into Python script. The model can accept new datasets, parameters, processes, and relationships. It can be run as many times as needed and shared with others.
Entries were judged on innovation, usability, and functionality. Models entered in the contest had to deal with geospatial analysis and GIS technology or remote sensing. Submissions included a dataset, a description of the model and its objectives, suggestions for using the model, and a PowerPoint presentation that showed the model's results.
Contest judges were Dr. David Cowen, chair of the Department of Geography and codirector of the Center for GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of South Carolina; Dr. David Maidment, professor and specialist in hydrological GIS at the University of Texas, Austin; and Dr. Keith C. Clarke, professor and researcher in environmental and urban growth modeling at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Esri Best Practices in Science Modeling Challenge winners
|Prize||Amount||Entry||Winner and Institution|
|1st||$5,000||Nonpoint Source Assessment Tool||Dr. Elvio Giasson, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|2nd||$1,000||NOAH, an Automated GIS Tool for the Modeling, Reconstruction, and Impact Analyses of Floodwater Reservoirs on Urbanizing Watersheds||Steven DiNaso, Eastern Illinois University|
|2nd||$1,000||Modeling Viticultural Landscapes: a GIS Analysis of the Viticultural Potential in the Rogue Valley, Oregon||Dr. Gregory Jones and Andrew Duff, Southern Oregon University|
|2nd||$1,000||Soil Erosion Estimation Model for San Timoteo||Peter Ndunda, University of Redlands|
|3rd||$500||Forecasting Harvesting Production Rates Using GIS: a Case Study||Karina Bohle, Oregon State University|
|3rd||$500||Building an Inventory of Contiguous Developable Parcels for the City of Milwaukee||Dr. William Huxhold, Ahmed Abubaker, Marc Gelenian, Diana Hu, and Sutapa Chatterjee,
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee|
|3rd|| $500||Disaster Relief Management, Modeling Impact on Transportation||Philip Goldstein, University of Colorado, Boulder|
|3rd||$500||Extracting Multileveled Buildings Using Lidar Data||Adam Sobek, University of Utah|