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Wednesday, October 11 • 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Cartographic Research I | Recherche cartographique I

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Ghost Cities of China | Les villes fantômes de Chine
Presenter: Wenfei Xu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Copresenters: Sarah Williams, Shin-bin Tan, Michael Foster, and Changping Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Using social media data to understand real-time urban dynamics can often be difficult due to inherent biases in the data. Ghost Cities tests this notion by employing an amenities-based gravitational model to discover regions of residential vacancy (colloquially called "ghost cities") through crowd-sourced amenities and review data from the online Chinese platform Dianping. With the assumption that well-populated urban areas are equipped with standard amenities such as schools, grocery stores, banks, malls, hospitals, karaoke television, beauty salons, and restaurants, we find "amenities deserts" to proxy vacancy. Using regions with low amenities and population densities, we find the majority located in new suburbs or satellite cities. We verified our results in Baidu Total View and satellite images, then classified them along the development range from empty land to new construction, with a small percentage of our results in halted during construction or abandoned conditions.

Geographical Names behind the names of shopping malls and centers in Abu Dhabi | Les noms géographiques derrière les noms des centres commerciaux d’Abu Dhabi 
Presenter: Naeema Alhosani, United Arab Emirates University
In recent years, the Middle East region has enjoyed rapid growth as a tourist destination. At the forefront of this growth has been Abu Dhabi, a state that has successfully diversified its economy into tourism. Abu Dhabi provides an excellent illustration of diverse cultural and architectural components in its mall and shopping centers' names. Therefore, this paper seeks to classify and explore the malls and shopping centers in Abu Dhabi, focusing on the story behind the designation of their names and architectural components. The study came with some results about the reasons behind the malls, and shopping centers names in the area of study. We concluded that the names of the malls, and shopping centers were due to different categories based on the different geographical names such as: historical, physical, human, environment, local old place and others.

Mapping public perceptions of safety in city parks | Cartographier les perceptions publiques de la sécurité dans les parcs urbains
Presenter: John Morgan, University of West Florida
Copresenters; Snyder, J.A., Evans, S.Z., and Evans, J., University of West Florida
Public parks are ideally places of human recreation and activity that increase physical health and mental well-being. Therefore, it is important that park managers and urban planners have information about how to maximize societal benefits of park usage. In the spring of 2016 a team of University of West Florida students and faculty designed and implemented a park perception survey for five city parks within Pensacola, Florida. We present the results of a project combining questionnaire and sketch mapping techniques that produces a rich spatial dataset on perceptions of safety within city parks. Survey responses across all five parks reveals results generally applicable to the way in which people perceive parks. Image and territoriality are implicated as causes for safety concerns along with specific nuances to individual identity (e.g. gender) and experience. Resulting maps of areas highlighting perceptions of safety in parks should prove useful to park managers and planners.

Cartography and Foreign Policy: One State Department Cartographer's Perspective on Mapping | La cartographie et la politique extérieure : le point de vue sur la cartographie d’un cartographe du Département d’État
Presenter: Brooke Marston, US Department of State
Making maps for the United States' diplomatic and oldest cabinet agency is never short of interesting, requiring in-depth analysis of the world's longstanding conflicts and the latest, breaking hot-button foreign policy issues. But working in this dynamic Department presents its own set of unique challenges. Located in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research—an elite all-source analytical member of the Intelligence Community—the cartographic team supports analysts briefing or providing written products to diplomats, special envoys, congress, and senior policymakers in a fast-paced and rigorous environment. How do cartographers balance pressure, demand, and deadlines with accurate, informative, and aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating maps? Learn about my experiences working a world portfolio alongside analysts with decades of experience in their subject areas at the Department of State.


Naeema Alhosani

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John Morgan

Assistant Professor of GIS, University of West Florida
John D. Morgan (Derek) is the primary faculty for the new online GIS Master's program offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies. Morgan, who is an Assistant Professor, graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Geography.Morgan has over fifteen years... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:40pm EDT
Ballroom Centre