Peter Keller

Founder and Co-Director
My program of scholarship specializes in the advancement and applications of the geographic information sciences (GIS) for better decision making. Application areas have varied widely over the last few decades ranging from resource management, mineral exploration and marine navigation support to preservation of indigenous knowledge, community mapping and tourism planning. I am interested in advancing how the map and spatial analysis can help inform policy and offer new insights that will make the world a better place.
In recent years there have been two major research foci. One concerns modeling and predicting marine traffic and marine search and rescue incidence. An ongoing project focuses on better understanding recreational marine traffic using the Gulf Islands as a case study. I am collaborating on this project with Dr. Rosaline Canessa whose interests are to understand recreational boating behaviour to assist with marine protected area planning.
A second research thrust is investigating how the geographic information sciences can gain better understanding of the relationship between health and the environment, as well as the mapping of wellness. Projects have included collaboration on the Border Air Quality Study (BAQS) with UBC and UW to advance the spatial detail of measuring the relationship between air quality and vulnerable populations including case studies in Vancouver and Victoria; modeling and measuring emission distribution from source point pollutants (cruise ships docked at Ogden Point); and the publication of the Wellness Atlas for British Columbia and follow-up supplements.
I am one of four co-PIs (teaming up with UBC and SFU) on an MSFHR funded Platform on BC Population Health Data Access and Analysis that has led to the recently formed Population Data BC initiative. The goal is to advance on how health data can be made more accessible to qualified researchers.