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GIS In Action 2 (Day 3)


Mapping Violence to Build Sustainable Peace

Presenter: Mohamed Mohamed

This project integrates Natural Language Processing (NLP) and GIS to analyze the Colombian-civil-war dynamics and help the academic and policy communities to promote sustainable peace. We developed the Early Warning System (EWS) to detect spikes in armed actors' activities. The EWS methodology detects "emerging," "intens,", and "critical" cases. EWS identifies vulnerable areas that need humanitarian intervention and calls attention to municipalities with high violence. This project is a breakthrough in using GIS to analyze violence in a civil war setting.

Takeaway: How GIS helps in studying civil war Early Warning System EWS humanitarian intervention

Who should attend: User from all levels. Anyone who is interested in GIS spatial analysis.

Using GIS to Examine the Impact of New Housing on Future K-12 Enrollment

Presenter: Aparna Thatte

Student enrollment in school districts is impacted by new housing within school attendance areas. New housing typically results in new students. This paper examines how zoning and existing trends in student demographics play a part in projecting new student populations from new housing. GIS is used to answer the questions:

  • What is the zoning of the new housing?
  • Which school boundaries (elementary, junior high, and high school) are affected by the new housing?
  • How many current and past students live in the zoning of the new housing for the respective school boundary?
  • How many total home addresses are within zoning and school boundaries?
  • What is the density ratio of the number of current and past students compared to total addresses within zoning and school boundaries of the new development?

Based on this analysis, existing trends, and the size of the new development, the increase in number of students, if any, can then be projected.

Takeaway: The audience will learn how GIS is used for K-12 administrative purposes, for data analysis using demographic data.

Who should attend: Demographers, K-12, Data Analysts, Planners

GIS Solutions for Maricopa County's Unified Command Center

Presenters: Steve Hossack, Shiloh Johnson

In the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, Maricopa County established a Unified Command Center (UCC) to coordinate emergency operations across multiple departments. The UCC called on the County's GIS Group to build and deploy two critical applications to support emergency response efforts. The first one is a mobile application using ArcGIS Workforce which enables the Emergency Logistics team to coordinate the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities by volunteers. The second one is a public facing web application called Emergency Tracker that informs the public about evacuation areas throughout the county due to fires and other emergencies. The Emergency Tracker provides instructions to users whether to "Be Ready", "Get Set", "Go", or "Stay In Place" based on their location. This presentation will discuss the development, implementation and usage of these apps and provide a summary of lessons learned.

Takeaway: emergency operations, public health, public safety, wildfire evacuation

Who should attend: Learn about leveraging enterprise GIS to deliver quick and effective solutions for Emergency Operations.

GIS In Action 2 (Day 3)
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