Geographical Information Systems and their Application in the Turkana Basin
August 21-25, 2012
Written by Oula Seitsonen, University of Helsinki
The eleventh annual Stony Brook Human Evolutionary workshop gathered scientists from all around the world to Turkana Basin Institute’s (TBI) Turkwel research facility on August 21st-26th 2012. Workshop was assembled to discuss the role of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the area. Virtually all the fields of research supported and facilitated by the Turkana Basin Institute, ranging from palaeontology to modern ecology, have a spatial component, and use GIS in their studies.
The workshop was opened with welcoming words and introductory speech by Richard Leakey (Stony Brook University) and Lawrence Martin (director of TBI). Jason Lewis (Rutgers University) acted capably as a chair for the workshop, and moderated the open dialogue. Over the next five days participants discussed the role of spatial information and analyses for the various fields of study, and planned the establishment of a collective research and public domain GIS database for the Turkana Basin.