2009 Award

On February 20, 2009, the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) awarded WisconsinView and director Dr. Sam Batzli a "Friend of Land Records Award" at the Annual Meeting in the Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells.

Outgoing president Jodi Helgeson read the following prepared statement during her presentation at the awards luncheon:

Batzli, Helgeson, and Award    2009 Friend of Land Records Award    Batzli and Award
Photos by Jim Lacy

Friend of Land Records Award - Dr. Sam Batzli of WisconsinView

"WisconsinView has provided imagery and other data resources to over 5,000 registered users in the land records community and the general public. WisconsinView's online archive contains over 2,000 gigabytes of data from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), Landsat, MODIS, USGS high resolution imagery, and other data resources.

This individual helped bridge the gap between these federal resources and those who use them. This person has led efforts to apply available imagery resources to flood and tornado damage assessments efforts.

In 2008, he and Dr. Jonathan Chipman of Dartmouth College used an innovative radar imagery analysis to assess flooding extent over the southern half of Wisconsin. In the process this person coordinated with the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, US Geological Survey, and other agencies to acquire disaster event data and make assessment products available to others.

His efforts at WisconsinView have helped advance land records modernization in Wisconsin by making valuable imagery resources and applications available to all. We would like to ask Dr. Sam Batzli, the director of WisconsinView at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to accept the Friends of Land Records Award."

           -- Jodi Helgeson
              President, WLIA

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