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Development of a Web-based Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Natural Hazards

Primary Investigators:
Janey Camp
Brief Description of Project:
This project seeks to create a web-enabled and map-based resilience and vulnerability tool for the communities in West Tennessee that are part of an overall Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development resilience effort. The tool/system is envisioned to be able to evaluate and assess estimated vulnerabilities of communities and associated infrastructure to flood and earthquake hazards (at a minimum). The project team, including Dr. Camp, Dr. Arleen Hill at the University of Memphis, and Dr. Kendra Brooks at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are working to gather and analyze data, develop a “structure” for the tool/system, and also develop metrics associated calculations that can be used and in assisting communities in determining their hazard vulnerabilities with a focus on physical asset management and social vulnerabilities.

Desired Qualifications:
Strong written and verbal English skills
Ability to work in teams and also work independently
Interest or experience in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Strong organizational skills
A good understanding of databases (Oracle and/or SQL would be a plus)
Interest in resilience and infrastructure systems
Python programming expertise would be ideal
Nature of Supervision:
We will have weekly (or more frequent as needed) project meetings with PI and monthly calls with broader project team. The student will work with a GIS consultant retained to work on the project and also be mentored one or more graduate students in the VECTOR research group.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
The student will work on the following tasks:
* Synthesize best practices and options for consideration in this project from currently available similar tools
* Compile and organize publicly available GIS data into shared repository
* Develop schema for broader geodatabase and associated files
* Assist with development of a straw-man web-based tool (user interface, etc.)
* Participate in stakeholder meetings to help identify what options and "tools" are most beneficial for users to interface with
Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Janey Camp
Title: Research Associate Professor
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Campus Address: Jacobs Hall 290
Mailing Address: 2301 Vanderbilt Place PMB 351831
Nashville, TN 37235-1831
United States
Phone: (615) 322-6013