Blue Marble is offering students a chance to win a US$500 scholarship by submitting the results of a research project involving the use of Global Mapper. Open to any undergraduate or graduate student, the impetus behind this annual program is to encourage students to explore the full depth of functionality available in the software while expanding their core competency in the field of GIS.
The Global Mapper Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized institute of higher education.
Participants may submit a written thesis, project report, or poster on any topic or theme. To be considered for the scholarship award, Global Mapper must be employed for data creation or collection; analysis or processing; and/or final presentation.
All submissions must be written in English.
To be eligible for the 2020-2021 scholarship, entries must be received no later than December 31, 2020.
After the submission deadline, all entries will be reviewed by the Blue Marble Scholarship Committee, and the winner will be notified no later than January 31, 2021.
Blue Marble will publish an overview of the applicant’s research in a case study or similar form along with the announcement of the award.
Blue Marble would like to congratulate to Kelsi Schwind, the winner of the Blue Marble Geographics 2019 - 2020 Academic Scholarship!
A Coastal and Marine System Sciences Graduate Student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Schwind’s research integrated structure-from-motion (SfM) data, airborne topobathymetric lidar-derived data, and GIS techniques to assess the impacts of Hurricane Michael on Little St. George Barrier Island off the coast of Apalachicola, Florida.
Schwind used high-resolution UAS imagery of a barrier island from before the impact Hurricane Michael in July of 2018. SfM photogrammetric techniques were used to generate a point cloud from the imagery. A 1m digital elevation model (DEM) generated from topobathymetric airborne lidar collected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) following the landfall of Hurricane Michael.
Global Mapper was used to filter the SfM point cloud and generate a 0.1m resolution DEM. The impact of Hurricane Michael on the barrier island was then evaluated by importing the USACE DEM and using the Combine/Compare Terrain Layers and Measure Volume Between Two Surfaces in Global Mapper. An accuracy assessment was also conducted in the GIS to evaluate the vertical accuracy of the SfM DEM compared to that of the airborne lidar.
The Blue Marble Scholarship committee cited Schwind’s mastery of GIS, 3D data processing and visualization, and her application of Global Mapper on such an important topic, as the most important criteria in selecting her as the scholarship winner.
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