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Faculty Experts Guide - M. Kate Beard-Tisdale, Ph.D.


Office Address:
Boardman Hall, Room 348

Mailing Address:
School of Computing and Information Science
5711 Boardman Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5711

Contact Information
Phone: 207/581-2147

Research Interests

Spatio-temporal data models

Spatial information retrieval

Exploratory analysis and visualization of spatio-temporal data

SSI Projects
New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST)


University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. (Geographic Information Systems)

University of Wisconsin, M.S. (Geographic Information Systems)

Iowa State University, B.S. (Landscape Architecture)


SIE 509:?Principles of GIS

SIE 512:?Spatial Analysis

SIE 510:?GIS Applications

Professor, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine

Director, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Project Director, NSF IGERT Sensor Science, Engineering and Informatics

Researcher, Sustainability Solutions Initiative


Kate Beard is a faculty member at the University of Maine. She has been a research faculty with the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) since its inception in 1989, and serves as the Acting Director for NCGIA-Maine. Beard’s research interests include modeling, analysis and visualization of spatio-temporal phenomena.  She has worked with oceanographers to develop an ontology of ocean related events, detect oceanographic events from ocean sensor data streams, and develop methods for visualization and exploration of event patterns.

Beard’s research with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative has focused on spatial information, modeling, and a project developing on-line access to information on Maine Lakes. Her research in data management strategies was a major component of an application to a National Science Foundation grant. She is also part of a new SSI research partnership on beach and shellfish bed closures called the New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST).

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Battle Memorial Institute: Transportation Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Spatial Data Infrastructure Project, and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative.

Beard has been published in many peer reviewed journals including American Cartographer; Australian Surveyor; Bioinformatics; Cartographer; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems; Information Visualization; Journal of Digital Libraries; Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing; Transactions in GIS; and URISA Journal.

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Selected Publications

C. Farah, K. Beard, C.T. Hess, and J. Hock, “Analyzing Spatial and Temporal Radon-222 Trends in Maine,” Journal of Health Physics 102, no. 2 (2012): 115–123.

K. Beard and P. Smitherman, “Creating Residential and Tenure Histories from Multi-Year White Pages,” Transactions in GIS 15, no. 6 (2011): 811–827.

K. Beard, J. Emerson, H. Deese, M. Scott, A. Rude, and N.R. Pettigrew, N.R. “Use of the EventViewer for Visualizing and Exploring Events Extracted from Ocean Observing System Data,” Marine Technology Journal 45, no. 1 (2011): 112–124.

Neal R. Pettigrew, C. Patrick Fikes, and M. Kate Beard, “Advances in the Ocean Observing System in the Gulf of Maine: Technical Capabilities and Scientific Results,” OCEANS IEEE-Sydney (2010): 1–9.

K. Beard, H. Deese, and N. R. Pettigrew, “A Framework for Visualization and Exploration of Events,” Information Visualization 7 (2008):?133–151.

M. E. Dolan, C. C. Holden, M. K. Beard, and C. J. Bult, “Genomes as Geography: Using GIS Technology to Build Interactive Genome Feature Maps,” BMC Bioinformatics 7 (2006): 416–425.

P. Agouris, K. Beard, G. Mountrakis, and A. Stefanidis, “Capturing and Modeling Geographic Object Change: A Spatio-temporal Gazetteer,” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing LXVI, no. 10 (2000).

P. Doucette and K. Beard, “Exploring the Capability of Some GIS Surface Interpolators for DEM Gap Fill,” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 66, no. 7 (2000): 881–888.

B. Buttenfield and M. K. Beard, “Graphical and Geographical Components of Data Quality,” Visualization in Geographic Information Systems (1994): 150–157.

W. Mackaness and K.  Beard, “Use of Graph Theory to Support Map General-ization,” Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 20, no. 4 (1993): 210–221.

Book Chapters:

K. Beard. “Modeling Change in Space and Time: An Event Based Approach, in Innovations,” in GIS: Dynamic & Mobile GIS: Investigating Change in Space and Time, eds. Jane Drummond, Rolland Billen, David Forrest, and Elsa João (Taylor & Francis, 2006), 55–74.

R. Deveillers and K. Beard. “Communication and Utilization of Information on Spatial Data Quality,” in Fundamentals of Spatial Data Quality, eds. Rodolphe Devillers and Robert Jeansoulin (2005), 275–290.

M. K. Beard. “Role of meta-information in uncertainty management,” in Spatial Uncertainty in Ecology: Implications for Remote Sensing and GIS Applications, eds. Carolyn T. Hunsaker, Michael F. Goodchild, Mark A. Friedl, and Ted J. Case (New York: Springer, 2001), 363–378.

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