Keynote

Joseph Kerski is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education.

Why do maps matter in the 21st Century? Mapping, through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, helps us to better understand our world—from water quality to natural hazards, from invasive species to land use, enabling us to make smarter, more sustainable decisions in our region and beyond. Maps are more relevant than ever before. Haven’t all the maps already been made? No. People want to map data in real time and at finer resolutions than ever before, and have those maps in an environment where they can be interacted with and shared. At the Elevations GeoSummit, people will be working together to determine how to use GIS tools and mapped data to create more sustainable communities and rural areas in which we can all thrive.

Joseph has served as a geographer in 4 major sectors of society, including government (NOAA, US Census Bureau, US Geological Survey), academia (Sinte Gleska University, University of Denver, others), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (President of the National Council for Geographic Education, and other roles).  Joseph has authored over 75 chapters and articles, 5,000 videos, 750 lessons, 1,500 blog essays, and has authored or co-authored 8 books, including Spatial Thinking in Environmental Contexts and Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography.  Yet he feels he is just getting started and thus actively seeks mentors and collaborators.