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26th Annual Virginia GIS Conference

July 22, 2015


Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS)

Waterborne employee, Megan Sebasky, Geospatial Scientist and Biologist, will be presenting at the 26th Annual Virginia GIS Conference in Charlottesville on October 20, 2015. Megan will be presenting on the Application of Geospatial Technologies to Ecological Risk Assessments of Pesticides and will talk about the role that pesticides play in agriculture and the ability to feed our growing population.

About the presentation:

Application of Geospatial Technologies to Ecological Risk Assessments of Pesticides
Pesticides play a critical role in agriculture and the ability to feed our growing population. These chemicals are heavily regulated in the US to ensure no adverse impacts on the environment may occur as a result of proper usage. In order to register and market these chemicals, companies need to complete ecological risk assessments that characterize risk to the environment in terms of both exposure and effects. Exposure characterization has a strong spatial component – the concentration of a pesticide that may occur in a particular environment is heavily influenced by geospatial parameters such as proximity to cropland, hydrology, soil type, and weather. This presentation includes an overview of the pesticide risk assessment process and focuses on the importance of geospatial technologies in the exposure assessment portion. Examples are provided that relate to site selection, study site characterization, and national-scale modeling.

Contact Megan with questions at sebaskym@waterborne-env.com.