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WPSU show that depicts how geospatial technology mapped COVID to debut July 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – A new episode of a WPSU production showing how geotechnology helped map the COVID-19 pandemic premieres online on Tuesday, July 13th.

Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic – from public media broadcaster WPSU Penn State – focuses on the spread of COVID-19 around the world and how experts from various disciplines came together to create geospatial tools and massive amounts of data to track, analyze and combat the disease .

The episode premieres on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. during a Facebook live and discussion event. The event is free and more information can be found on the Geospatial Revolution Facebook page. The episode will also appear on the Georevolution website and WPSU Digital Studios website following the Facebook event.

WPSUs "Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic" pendant

Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic – from public media broadcaster WPSU Penn State – focuses on the spread of COVID-19 around the world and how experts from various disciplines came together to create geospatial tools and massive amounts of data to track, analyze and combat the disease . The episode will premiere on July 13th at 7.30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists who will also be interviewed on the episode include:

  • Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer of Esri, an international provider of software for geographic information systems, web GIS and geospatial database management applications.
  • Dr. Kamran Khan, professor of medicine and public health at the University of Toronto and founder of Blue Dot, outbreak risk software maker.
  • Eva Reid, geographic information systems consultant.
  • Dr. Umair Shah, Washington State Secretary of Health.

Mapping the Pandemic highlights how artificial intelligence, machine learning, remote sensing, crowdsourcing information, Internet of Things, computing power and health wearables are just some of the technologies and advances that health professionals, officials, the public and more have allowed to better understand and respond to the pandemic.

“The geospatial community has stood up and I’m so proud of them,” said Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri. “Your work literally saved lives and made things understandable about your own life.”

With more than 1.25 million video views, the Geospatial Revolution project has been a source for governments, education, and human resource development to learn how geotechnology is changing the world. The project, launched in 2010, is anchored in Penn State’s world-class research university and is valued for its PBS editorial standards.

The latest episode illustrates the far-reaching impact geospatial information has had on decision making and people’s lives, said Kristian Berg of the WPSU, writer, producer, and director of the project.

“This is the most recent episode we’ve ever done with such an immediate impact on our lives,” he said.

Visit the Geospatial Revolution website for more information on the project. WPSU is a Penn State outreach service.

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