David Gadsden

David Gadsden, Esri’s Nonprofit Outreach lead, is an applied Geographer who has worked for nearly three decades to address both local and global challenges through geographic science and GIS technology. David has a Geography degree from the University of Washington, where he explored inequality, resource scarcity, climate change and poverty. David served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Tanzania from 1996-1998, working on community-based natural resource management. David architected and implemented GIS solutions to address environmental, social, public safety, emergency response and construction engineering challenges while working for both commercial and nonprofit organizations. In 2002, David joined Esri, where he initially served as a technical advisor to the United Nations, US Dept. of State, and USAID. David has helped a diverse community leverage the “Science of Where” to address complex challenges ranging from global health, disaster response, wildlife protection, green infrastructure, tribal governance, historic preservation and international development.

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Winter Sports Advocates Map Economic Impact of Climate Change

Protect Our Winters uses GIS to research the economic impacts of low snow totals, using dollars and cents as a motivator in their outreach.

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Connecting Cumberland Trails for Recreation and Conservation

The Cumberland Trails Conference uses maps and apps to combine fragmented habitats into a network of trails and wildlife corridors.

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On Battling Climate Change

The combination of on-the-ground forest plot data from GIS and satellite data provides a whole new vision of the global forest system.

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Defending Elephants in Africa

Mapping provides the needed situational awareness to combat poaching in a conflict-torn region of Africa.

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Location Technology Helps the Legally Vulnerable After Disasters

Location intelligence helps deliver civil legal aid to the most vulnerable populations.

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Researchers Map Prejudice in Minneapolis’ Past

Mapping the history of racial segregation in Minneapolis reveals lasting impacts.

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