How to respond to a hurricane: Using GIS to get a grasp on Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a big deal.  It brought a lot of attention to natural disasters, throughout the news.  My dad’s first book strictly on climate change was published a year later in 2006, in which he discusses the relationship between climate change and natural disasters.  He has been writing articles on this topic ever since. …

Is Portland Getting Taken Over?

Background I hear talk all the time about Portland’s population growing bigger and bigger, and of people coming from out of state.  I have heard heated debates about how Californian’s are taking over the city because cities such as Los Angelos and San Fransisco are becoming unaffordable.  Gossip tells of property values increasing because of…

An exploration of Chicago Demographics

Project three for Geol-340 used Chicago demographic data from 1990 and 2000.  It was titled “For Richer or Poorer in Chicago” from our Making Spatial Decisions using GIS workbook.  The scenario given is that a University department wants to understand that movement of different White, Hispanic and Black populations in Chicago, as well as the relationship to…

Hazards Strike Again! This time in Mecklenburg

This project was to ingrain the skills learned in the Springfield project and make sure I could replicate them.  Therefore, the process was almost entirely the same.  This time, a truck carrying chlorine gas overturned on I77 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina.  The deliverables were the same: a map of the incident, schools and roads, a…

A Hazardous Situation in Springfield

For this project I was addressing a truck carrying 34,000 pounds of black powder sliding off the highway ramp in an extremely dangerous accident in Springfield Virginia.  In this scenario, I am tasked with creating the proper deliverables (maps) to assist the key stakeholders in the situation, such as helicopter pilots, paramedics, and police officers. …

What makes Willapa Bay

For my first Geol 340 lab I refreshed my basic GIS skills by recycling a lab I from ENVS 330, in more depth.  For instance, this was my first introduction to ArcCatalog. This lab focuses on the Willapa Bay estuary in Washington and uses data on habitats from the area by the Columbia River Estuary…