Graduate Student James Wadsworth is Coordinating the Development of the UA Sustainability Web Map and GeoDatabase Project

James Wadsworth

James Wadsworth received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science in the department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science with a focus on Monitoring and Analysis. James’s research project is focused on using remote sensing to assess shifts in vegetation in the Santa Catalina mountains that may be related to climate change.

His research advisor is Dr. Joost van Haren. Dr. van Haren is Assistant Research Professor at Biosphere 2 and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science.

In the Fall of 2015, UA Planning, Design & Construction, in conjunction with the UA Office of Sustainability, hired James to coordinate the development of the UA Sustainability Web Map and GeoDatabase project.

The primary project work components include:

  • Design of the sustainability spatial database 
  • Inventory of data sources and inputs into the database 
  • Implementation of the database
  • Web map application design
  • Marketing, promotion, and training for the UA Sustainability Database and Web Map

The overall outcome of this project is to increase the exposure of sustainability accomplishments at the University of Arizona, and to further engage of the student population with campus sustainability.

The map and database will be built on the UA Enterprise GIS (EGIS) infrastructure managed by Grant McCormick at Planning Design & Construction at the University of Arizona campus. The ongoing stewardship of the content will be under the purview of the UA Sustainability Office.

The year-long project is funded through the ITSAB (Information Technology Student Advisory Board).