Members of the University of Memphis have and are currently engaged in various national
and international GIScience research projects. These projects involve members of multiple
units and colleges. There are also a number of departments, and research centers with
increasing interest in GIScience research. The following lists current research projects
and their web pages for additional information.
Department of Earth Sciences
Dr.Esra Ozdenerol uses her GIS expertise to study medical geography, spatial analytical methods and
modeling, landscape ecology, community planning, and public participation GIS. Her
recent project is analyzing the spatial and temporal spread of cancer in Florida.
Dr. Hsieng.-te Kung uses GIS in areas of water resources, urban hydrology, urban physical environment,
land-surface system, fluvial geomorphology, landform and terrain analysis, and Asia
Dr. Thad Wasklevics‘ research involved the examination of biophysical processes, forms, and human-induced
changes in river ecosystems. The studies include the use of GIS, remote sensing, GPS
mapping, and other field data collection techniques. Current study areas include islands
in the Mississippi River, mountain riparian species in Arizona, and bottomland hardwood
forests along the Hatchie River in western TN.
Dr.Arleen Hill is using GIS technology as a tool to map, model, and communicate how and why people
and places are impacted by exposure to hazards and disasters.
Dr.Roy Van Arsdale applies GIS to tectonics, structural geology, and geomorphology with particular interest
in neotectonics and paleoseismology of the central US and Australia.
Dr. Michael Ellis uses GIS in the generation of synthetic landscapes as a combined function of tectonic
and surface processes along the San Andreas fault and model active deformation in
the New Madrid seismic zone, using GPS and boundary-element techniques.
Memphis Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis(MCASA)
GIS and Remote Sensing Lab
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ground Water Institute
Dr. Brian Waldron
City and Regional Planning Department
Center for Urban Research and Extension
Division of Public and NonProfit Administration
Dr. David Cox is a professor in Division of Public and NonProfit Administration. He is also executive
assistant to the president for project partnerships and administration.
School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Center for Community Criminology and Research
Cynthia Martin is the Director of Community Information Project at the center for Community Criminology
and Research.This is the website of the Center for Community Criminology and Research,
a UM center providing comprehensive research support to regional law enforcement and
criminal justice agencies, and other community-based organizations. Access to the
Shared Urban Data System (SUDS) is through this website. SUDS is an information portal
to multiple databases of spatial, statistical and tabular data for analytical and
Child Health Data Consortium
This website supports the Child Health Data Consortium, a grant-funded initiative
to facilitate the improvement of child health planning in Memphis and Shelby County.
This website provides the foundation for a comprehensive health data infrastructure
for public health planning, implementation and evaluation. An important feature of
this website is the interactive GIS mapping and query system of the comprehensive
database of local child health and health-related information. The interactive mapping
feature is scheduled to come online in December 2003.
Youth Resources Information System
The Center for Community Criminology and Research maintains an Internet-based information
retrieval system of resources for youth and their families for use by the local Youth
Council and Workforce Investment Board. The information is available in multiple formats
including a detailed directory available through interactive maps.
UCGIS Home Page
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit
organization of universities and other research institutions dedicated to advancing
our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved
theory, methods, technology, and data.