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Disaster Response and Geospatial Data Mining Workshop

LouisianaView has been organizing the Disaster Response and Geospatial Data Mining Workshop every June for the last 24 years. If you wish to participate in the upcoming workshop, please email Brent Yantis.

The workshop hosts speakers from federal, state, and private response teams and is attended by geospatial emergency responders from countries throughout the world. This workshop highlights geospatial data sets related to hurricane season preparation, emergency response operations, and ongoing recovery efforts. Presentations will include an overview of the data clearinghouses, applications, and data acquisitions of federal and state agencies which collect and host geospatial data, as well as operations and planning updates for the next hurricane season.

Sponsors: U.S. Geological Survey, UL Lafayette Regional Application Center, and the LouisianaView Program.

Earth Observation Day

Earth Observation Day (EOD) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) education and outreach event sponsored by AmericaView to celebrate Earth observation and remote sensing systems. Earth observations and sophisticated remote sensing technologies, such as the Landsat system of satellites, have proven invaluable for assessing the status of and changes in the Earth’s natural and man-made environments.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Geographic Information Program celebrates Earth Day annually. In the past, RAC invited high school students and teachers to visit the GIS research department at Abdalla Hall in Lafayette, Louisiana.  These students tour the GIS museum and the Earth as Art Exhibit, which was produced by LouisianaView to celebrate the years of satellite imagery.

Read more about Earth Science Week


The RAC also participates in GIS Day. GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Visit to find out more about Earth Observation Day and GIS Day.

Rising Waters Workshop for 8th - 12th Grade Students

The 2024 Summer Workshop will be July 15-19, 2024.

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Who is eligible?

Students interested in pursuing an experience or career in earth science. Applicants should be going into 8th — 12th grade and in good standing with their high school.


  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Lunch is provided
  • You must provide your own transportation.

Location is the Regional Application Center in Abdalla Hall, 635 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506

What is the cost to attend?

The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through a grant, so registration is FREE!

How do I register?
If you are interested in attending in the summer of 2024, follow the link or scan the code below.

What does GEOSERVICE mean?

Geoscience Students Excelling in Real Vital Investigations with Community Engagement.

GEOSERVICE is earth observation technology in interdisciplinary projects that address environmental and public challenges that confront our society and future generations. GEOSERVICE matches industry partners and program participants to better prepare students for career paths in geosciences, geology, environmental sciences, coastal studies, natural disaster monitoring, and more.

More about the GEOSERVICE Grant
UL Lafayette’s Regional Application Center (RAC), headed by Brent Yantis, has been granted $364,874 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The RAC specializes in satellite and remotely sensed imagery for developing earth resources applications. It collaborates with agencies such as NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to provide the public with data. The grant aims to enhance interest in geosciences, particularly in geographic information systems technology. UL Lafayette’s faculty members, undergraduate, and graduate students will lead a bridge program that will reach out to high school students, thanks to this grant.

The aim of this bridge program is to cultivate curiosity in STEM professions, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The workshops concentrate on concerns that affect various communities in Louisiana, as well as the entire Gulf Coast. These concerns include coastline subsidence, marsh, and coastline erosion and retreat, and flooding due to tropical storm surges, heavy rainfall events, and sea-level rise. The program also addresses the human aspect of these issues. By participating, students acquire investigation and communication skills to disseminate information to their respective communities on how to address these problems.

What are some career paths in Geosciences?

  • Health and Air Quality
  • Disaster Response
  • Water Resources
  • Ecology/Earth Observation
  • Urban Development
  • Environmental Impact
  • Food Security and Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

For more information, please contact us.