SU Students Present at MSGIC’s Summer Quarterly Meeting
On July 21st, 2017 at the MSGIC Summer Quarterly Meeting, multiple Salisbury University Geography Undergraduates and Graduate students presented their research during a poster session. MSGIC is the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee and their purpose is to promote efficient use of resources amongst all entities involved in the collection and/or use of spatial data and GIS technologies in Maryland. MSGIC meetings are quarterly and focus on bringing together the private and public sector to improve GIS capabilities and encourage collaboration throughout Maryland. The ESRGC’s technical director, Dr. Arthur Lembo encouraged students to present their various projects at the latest MSGIC meeting.
Noah Krach began his project on bathymetric mapping of Lake Victoria as an intern with Dr. Stuart Hamilton. Noah is currently working on this project as a research assistant thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa by area and is the second largest lake by surface area in the world. Historical maps and field readings were used to create the map. The historical maps were georeferenced and the field surveys were loaded into ArcGIS using (X, Y) coordinates. Initially Noah had to verify the accuracy manually, but once he learned SQL and was able to create statements the verification went much smoother. The faster processing allows for easy updates to any new versions of this map.
As an undergraduate student at Salisbury University, Jeremy Gencavage began work on flooding analysis for Ocean City, MD and presented at the Salisbury University Student Research Conference (SUSRC). As a graduate student Jeremy continued working on this project with the help of the ESRGC and the State Highway Administration (SHA). Jeremy used a risk assessment program, Hazards US (HAZUS) created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a network analysis to predict flood projections for Ocean City, MD. In the beginning, Jeremy found complications with using this analyst because the flood model did not establish a Z value for elevation so bridges connecting the island were not correct. After accounting for this error, Jeremy was able to use the network analysis along with the ESRGC’s 0, 10, 25 50, 100, and 500-year flood scenarios for Worcester County to determine vulnerable areas. Jeremy’s analysis has real world application for other inhabited barrier islands and identifying their accessibility during various flood scenarios.
Cody Garcia interned at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility as a GIS analyst in the Range and Mission Management Office. During his internship, Cody was tasked with creating an application to be hosted on NASA’s GIS portal that would provide a common platform for multiple users to aid in the planning and coordination of launch operations at Wallops Island Flight Facility. The first step in the project was to learn how the Range and Mission Management Office generated and displayed their geographic information. Next, Cody used ESRI made widgets to augment NASA’s existing software. Finally, Cody provided the framework and operational workflow for future developers to create their own custom made widgets to better suit NASA’s needs. Through this internship Cody utilized ArcPortal, ArcGIS Enterprise, and ArcGIS Online to create this application. Cody hopes that through this project other organizations and companies can use Arc GIS Online products to ensure reliable data quality and efficient time management.
Zach Radziewicz was hired by the Salisbury University Horticulture Department to maintain and manage their GIS. Zach began this internship by expanding their geodatabase to include more features and more accurate information. Zach has a graphic design background which assisted him in creating a highly detailed survey-grade base map for the SU horticulture department. This internship has provided Zach with experience in geodatabase design, maintenance and application, field surveying, and producing visually appealing cartographic outputs. In addition this project with the SU Horticulture Department has given Zach professional experience to use GIS to solve real-world problems.
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