Geographic Information Sciences

Current Projects

Listed here are some of the current projects. More information can be found on Coastal Carolina GIS and completed projects are listed on the Past Projects. 

Coastal Hydrology Parameters Derived from USGS NHD

Parkinson's Disease in the United States: A Geographic Predictive Model and Analysis of Accessibility to Treatment Centers:

Olsen, Steele*, Joanne Halls, and Barbara Lutz, “Investigating the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and environmental and socioeconomic variables” 2017. UNCW College of Health and Human Services Research and Innovation Day, Mar 27, 2017.

Assessing Freshwater Influence on Southwest Florida Estuaries:

McCarthy, Erin*, Patrick O’Donnell, Ai Ning Loh, Fred Scharf, Joanne Halls, 2017. “Assessing the pre-restoration impacts of southwest Florida estuaries using trophic transfer and habitat use” ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 26 February - 3 March 2017.

Geographic Pattern Analysis of Red Fox on Masonboro Island, North Carolina:

Halls, Joanne N., J. Hill, J. Herstine, and B. Buerger, 2015. Spatial Distribution of Red Fox Dens in Comparison with Sea Turtle Nests, Environmental Characteristics, and Recreation Activity on an Uninhabited Barrier Island. 21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC, June 13-18, 2015.

Barrier Island Habitat Mapping & Geomorphic Analysis:

Halls, Joanne N., Maria Frishman*, Timothy Moss*, Michael Okely*, 2017. Barrier Island Geomorphology: An Automated Geospatial Model to Derive Features and Compute Displacement and Movement Through Time. American Association of Geographers, Boston, April 5-9, 2017.

Predicting Sea Turtle Nesting Density:

Randall, Alyssa*, Joanne Halls, and James Blum, 2016. Modeling the Nesting Suitability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta Caretta) in North Carolina Using Geospatial Technologies. International Sea Turtle Conference, Lima, Peru, March, 2016.

Tidal Creeks: Benthic and Nearshore Habitat Mapping:

Halls, J.N. and K. Costin*, 2016. Submerged and emergent land cover and bathymetric mapping of estuarine habitats using WorldView-2 and LiDAR imagery. Remote Sensing, 8(9), 718; doi: 10.3390/rs8090718.

Halls, Joanne N. and Kaitlyn Costin*, 2015. Mapping Submerged and Emergent Coastal Habitats in an Urbanized Tidal Creek Watershed. Geological Society of America, Vancouver, 10/18/2014-10/22/2014.