The GIS Center has created a memorial webpage to celebrate the life of Peter ‘Pete’ Harlem. The page also contains links for those who wish to make a donation to The Peter Harlem SERC-GIS Annual Climate Change Lecture Series and The Peter Harlem Vietnam Photograph Collection. Learn more here >>
For the last four years, Pete has served as a Coordinator at the University’s library-based GIS Center. While maintaining strong relationships with his colleagues in SERC and, more broadly, the College of Arts & Sciences, he began to redirect his efforts toward a subject for which few have any comparable level of knowledge: historical aerial photography and ecology. Pete also continued to advance methods for mapping sea level rise using high resolution LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery. He was one of the first, if not the first, in the South Florida community to utilize these types of data, significantly improving the modeling of sea level rise impacts on South Florida’s social and environmental assets.
Pete’s highly circulated maps of sea level rise have appeared in venues as diverse as the floor of the United States House of Representatives, the digital pages of The Miami Herald, to various other local, national, and international outlets eager to present the most up-to-date, highest quality maps of the phenomenon available. In fact, the data derived from Pete’s inundation mapping efforts underpin the relatively new “Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise in South Florida” application developed jointly with the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the FIU GIS Center. Additionally, Pete has been interviewed by media outlets on over a dozen occasions on the matter of climate change and sea level rise, the proudest instance of which was for the famous 2015 Rolling Stone story: “Goodbye, Miami”. Lastly, his commitment to educating the public on climate change earned him an induction into the Cleo Institute’s leadership circle in late 2015, just a few months prior to his passing. Continue reading >>