|Joel Sweeney’s Role in the Northern Migration of the Traditional Southern Black Banjo: An HGIS Approach
||Using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), this project maps Joel Sweeney’s performances in America from 1836 to 1842 in relation to economic and social demographics of the era. These performances mark the first recordable path of the ma...
|A Geographic Ontology and GIS Model for Carolina Bays
||Carolina bays are a unique geomorphologic entity located along the Atlantic coastal plain. Even without the benefit of an overhead view, they have been noted as a distinct feature of the coastal plain as first described by the South Carolina Geologic...
|Assessing Impacts of Rural Gentrification on an Appalachian Community in Watauga County, NC
||Appalachia is a region of contradictions. While Appalachia resides in the wealthiest country in the world, it is characterized by a poor population that appears unable to keep up with the demands of modern American life. Explanations for this observa...
|Spatial Analysis of Surveyed Perceptions of Safety, Crime, and Lighting: A College Campus Case Study
||With recent crime incidents at universities highlighted through the media, campus safety is of increasing importance to universities today. This research examines spatiotemporal relationships between surveyed perceptions of safety, reported incidents...
|Mapping Bolivia’s socio-political climate: Evaluation of multivariate design strategies
||This study investigated the effectiveness of multivariate mapping in displaying functional relationships using a case example of social and political data from Bolivia. The effectiveness of four approaches to multivariate mapping (combined sequential...
|Energy Policy and Social Network Analysis of the Clean Energy Economy in Western North Carolina
||Research on the development of clustering of clean energy businesses and the social network that function within them has been sparse, particularly applications within the Appalachian region. This research addresses this knowledge gap by conducting c...
|The Role of Perception on Water Allocation and Conservation Management in Western North Carolina
||Western North Carolina (WNC) has traditionally given limited attention to conservation in water management primarily due to the fact that the area is a water rich region, with high annual rainfall and low population. Recent droughts and high populati...
|GIS Analysis of Impacts of TVA Dams on Upstream Residential Property Values in Eastern Tennessee
||As cost benefit analyses are conducted by agencies such as the USACE and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), potential decline in upstream property value due to a large dam failure or removal should be addressed. The data used in this research include ...