Michael Camille, head of the ULM Department of Geosciences, presented the keynote address at the joint meeting of the Southwest Association of American Geographers and Mid-South Division of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in Bryan, Texas Nov. 1.
In his address, “Geospatial technologies in the age of globalization,” Camille explained how geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and geographic information systems are transforming every aspect of society. The expression “the world is becoming flat” has been used to describe the leveling of the global playing field in the competition for intellectual work such as that generated by geospatial technologies.
Camille asserted that though geospatial technologies were once a set of tools that were affordable only to large companies or the government, they have become a cost-effective option for the masses. “This is empowering individuals not only to address issues of local interest, but also to take best advantage of the possibilities presented in a ‘flat’ world.”
In addition to his other professional duties, Camille serves as President of the Mid-South Division of the ASPRS.