Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GTography

As an environmental studies student interested in outdoor activities, I wanted to find out where the best hiking trails in Georgetown are located. This map shows several of the highest rated hiking trails in the Georgetown, TX area. Many of these trails are located around Lake Georgetown, along the San Gabriel River. There are many trails in Georgetown, so no matter where you're located in the city there are great places to hike nearby with beautiful foliage and various species to see.

GTography- PJ Quinters


This map shows all the chicken restaurants in Georgetown, Texas. As you can tell there are multiple places to fill your chicken needs. From fast food chicken places like Raising Cane's who only sells chicken, To places like Buffalo Wild Wings were there are a few other options. One thing is for sure, and that is Georgetown, Texas sure does love its chicken.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Late Night Dining in Georgetown, Texas

In the map above, I mapped out nine restaurants that are open after 10pm in Georgetown, Texas. I picked restaurants that are close to Southwestern's campus so that this can be helpful for Southwestern students. Late night fast food is becoming an important culture and economic aspect of life. As we continue innovating as a society, people tend to stay up later, trying to get more things done. This also is very important for a college town, because college age kids tend to be up late into the night. Late night restaurants are also important if they are close to a big highway, such as I-35, as some people travel late at night, and may get hungry and stop for food.

Gtography Haley Nicola Bars vs Coffee Shops


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Topography and Analysis of Inundation from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

This article discussed the use of geospatial data such as elevation data to estimate flooding in New Orleans. Light detection and ranging (lidar) remote sensing is a tool that is used to map this area. This data was used in response to Katrina to analyze inundation. Lidar data was collected in 2002 by the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and made publicly available.

The data recorded in 2002 was valuable after Katrina to map the extent of flooding throughout New Orleans. The lidar elevation data was used to estimate the volume of floodwater in order to predict the amount of time required to remove it. The depths were relative to the elevation of water that was recorded by a gage on Lake Pontchartrain. 

The application of topographic data with gage data for mapping was very useful when information was needed. Elevation data is valuable to assess flooding in cities and may aid in planning and reconstruction of infrastructure in the future.


Gesch, Dean. "Topography-based analysis of Hurricane Katrina inundation of New Orleans." Science and the Storms: the USGS Response to the Hurricanes of (2005): 53-56.



The Prevalence of Obesity and Diabetes in Mexican-Americans

This article examines the influence of socioeconomic status on obesity among the Mexican-American community. A study was conducted along the United States-Mexico border town Brownsville, Texas to track the obesity rates in citizens. The study was conducted to observe whether obesity was related to socio-economic status. Data was collected from 810 people in the area. The sampling used census data to find a diverse variety of participants for the study in terms of socio-economic status. The census used 4 tracts and divided them into 4 strata that classified income. Sampling was then retrieved from the first (lowest) and third socioeconomic strata. The median household income was $17,830 for the lower socioeconomic strata and $31,747 for the higher socioeconomic strata. The study conducted to observe obesity among the recipients with measurements of BMI, waist circumference, insulin levels and blood glucose.

GIS was used in this experiment through census data and geocoding of the houses of the recipients of the study. GIS was also used to visualize the distribution of income among households and the density of where samples were derived.  Maps were then formed with this data.


The studies showed that more than half of the participants were morbidly obese and did not show a variation between both socioeconomic strata. The most significance difference between the socioeconomic strata was the amount of undiagnosed diabetes. 1 in 10 of the participants had diabetes that they were unaware of in the lower socioeconomic strata. When the first strata was compared with the fourth strata(highest socioeconomic status), results showed that there diabetes was among 20% of the lower SES and only 10% in the higher SES. Additionally, diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes was more prevalent among people aged 55 to 64 in the lower SES.
In conclusion, the study showed that obesity did not vary between strata; however, diabetes was significantly more prevalent among lower people with lower socioeconomic status. This information is important because it brings attention to the rate of diabetes in this specific area and represents a group of people that likely have little or no access to healthcare.

AR, Salinas JJ, et al. "Socioeconomic Status and Prevalence of Obesity and Diabetes in a Mexican American Community, Cameron County, Texas, 2004-2007." Center for Disease Control and Prevention 7 (2010).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gtography: Food delivery in proximity to Southwestern. This map depicts food delivery near Southwestern. There is not a large selection of food delivery in Georgetown. The majority of the delivery food is pizza, however there is also Mama Fu's and Chinese Food.com

Thursday, March 30, 2017

GTography: Living and Study Spots Relative to Campus


This map displays the various location of apartments in Georgetown with a star rating of 3.0 or above that are within reasonable vicinity of campus. This map, using these apartments, can also provide the subsidiary purpose of showing places that students could investigate in terms of deciding where to live due to their close proximity. Additionally, this map also has a few locations that can provide a study location for students in between class who do not wish to commute from their place of residence to school and back constantly each class day. Using this map, students can have a visual that can help them with present day activities as well as future decisions.

GTography: Locations in Georgetown for Casual Drinking




This map displays the locations of all the places that have an open bar in Georgetown relative to the location of Southwestern. Georgetown is not a young demographic so there is an extremely limited amount of activities for young adults. Majority of the activities are in Round Rock or Austin, but this map hopes to serve the purpose of providing the locations for restaurants and places with bars that could provide a night of casual drinking and excitement for a young audience.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases Among Canines

In this article, the relationship between climate change and vector-borne diseases are examined. The vector-borne diseases Dirofliaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens are tracked over 15 years in Europe. The purpose of this article is to understand if climate change affects the number of infections among canines.
Climate change is proven to affect animals and people alike in various ways. For example, climate change results in physiologic stress, or injury.  Global climate change has also led to the increase of vector-borne diseases that are a result of haematophagous antropods, which are cold-blooded insects that feed on the blood of animals. The prominence of vector-borne diseases are closely related to climate change because of the fact that they are cold-blooded animals and thrive best in warmer temperatures.   
Dirofilaria is a vector-borne disease that is mainly present in dogs in Europe. Dirofilaria immitits occurs in the pulmonary arteries and right heart chambers and causes heartworm diseases in dogs. Dirofilaria repens mainly occurs in sucotaneous tissue, or under the skin. The hosts and vectors of Dirofilaria are mosquitoes of the Culicidae family. Dirofliaria is present above 14 degrees Celsius which is in the warmer temperatures of summer and predominantly in July, however, temperatures are rising year-round.

Linear Kriging fuction of a Geographical Information System was used to ttrack the amount of Drofilaria generations. The daily temperature was measured over 15 years to conduct the study. The study demonstrated that outbreaks of Dirofliaria peaked in the Summer, between June and September. July also had the highest temperatures that were suitable for Diorfilaria. The increase of climate change may also lead to the spread of vector-borne diseases to from Mediterranean countries toward northern and eastern ones.



 In this article, the relationship between climate change and vector-borne diseases are examined. The vector-borne diseases Dirofliaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens are tracked over 15 years in Europe. The purpose of this article is to understand if climate change affects the number of infections among canines.
Climate change is proven to affect animals and people alike in various ways. For example, climate change results in physiologic stress, or injury.  Global climate change has also led to the increase of vector-borne diseases that are a result of haematophagous antropods, which are cold-blooded insects that feed on the blood of animals. The prominence of vector-borne diseases are closely related to climate change because of the fact that they are cold-blooded animals and thrive best in warmer temperatures.   
Dirofilaria is a vector-borne disease that is mainly present in dogs in Europe. Dirofilaria immitits occurs in the pulmonary arteries and right heart chambers and causes heartworm diseases in dogs. Dirofilaria repens mainly occurs in sucotaneous tissue, or under the skin. The hosts and vectors of Dirofilaria are mosquitoes of the Culicidae family. Dirofliaria is present above 14 degrees Celsius which is in the warmer temperatures of summer and predominantly in July, however, temperatures are rising year-round.


Linear Kriging fuction of a Geographical Information System was used to ttrack the amount of Drofilaria generations. The daily temperature was measured over 15 years to conduct the study. The study demonstrated that outbreaks of Dirofliaria peaked in the Summer, between June and September. July also had the highest temperatures that were suitable for Diorfilaria. The increase of climate change may also lead to the spread of vector-borne diseases to from Mediterranean countries toward northern and eastern ones.