CED’s Sarah Ross and Wormsloe receive Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award

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Tommy Jordan, left, associate director of the UGA Center for Geospatial Research, and Sarah Ross, right, director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, pose with Esri founder Jack Dangermond after receiving the Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award.

Spanish moss sways slowly in the humid breeze on an average day at Wormsloe. Sarah Ross spends most of her working hours amidst this mix of the live oaks, scrub brush and sandy soil. In an area on the Isle of Hope almost preserved in time, she and others from the University of Georgia conduct research using technology that’s breaking ground and winning international awards.

This year, the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, which Ross directs, were chosen for the Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award from among over 100,000 international organizations. Esri, founded by Jack Dangermond in 1969, is an international supplier of Geographic Information System software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications.

Recipients of the Special Achievement in GIS award are submitted by Esri staff, then personally reviewed and selected by Dangermond, according to the Esri website. Winners are chosen for their efforts in embracing GIS technology, using GIS to improve the world and setting new precedents throughout the GIS community.

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