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GIS (2016)

IMG_4552Topic: Geographical Information Systems and Advanced Cartography for Social Science
Partner: Professor Manish Shirgaokar, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta
Date: Winter 2016

Open City Organized the Open Science Poster Reception at City Hall on April 4 2016, where students from the Urban and Regional Planning program of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta presented their final course projects. The students applied spatial analytics tools to social science topics and presented their results as urban planning considerations for the City of Edmonton. Open City provided assistance and recommendations on projects and datasets for the analysis.

Professor Manish Shirgaokar guided the students throughout the term to utilize the City of Edmonton’s Open Data Catalogue as a primary data source for the development of patterns in geospatial data and preliminary ideas for policy development in Edmonton. The event was a testament to the success of the Open City Initiative in finding innovative solutions to municipal challenges with help from academic institutions.

The list of the projects included:

  1. A Partial Evaluation of Solar Potential for the City of Edmonton Based Upon Radiance Incident on High Rise Buildings
    A partial cost benefit analysis for the solar potential of the City of Edmonton’s downtown area by selecting optimal high rise buildings for potential installation areas, taking into account solar insolation.

  2. Century Park: The Impact of Park & Ride on a Community
    To what extent does a park and ride facility impact traffic volume in a community?

  3. Connecting Housing Demand and Supply: Area Suitability Classification of Home Locations for New Buyers in Edmonton
    How do house pricing and house type affect spatial distribution of the potential home locations?

  4. Developing an Accessibility Index to Inform Housing First Policy: A Critical Evaluation of Social Services in Edmonton
    What is the relative accessibility of HF clients aged 12-24 to the social services and amenities necessary to achieve housing stability?

  5. Edmonton Suitability Analysis on Neighborhood Features and Crimes in Parks
    Do Different Neighborhood Features Have An Impact On The Occurrence Of Crime In Parks In Edmonton?

  6. Geospatial Light Pollution Patterns in Edmonton: Does Household Income Matter?
    How is light pollution in Edmonton spatially distributed? What patterns may help to explain its distribution? Does average household income matter?

  7. Living Roofs: Evaluating the Potential of Unused Roof-Space in Edmonton
    An evaluation of existing roof-surfaces in the City of Edmonton and a suitability analysis for green roof retrofitting.

  8. Uncovering Useful Trends for Policy Derivation Through Tracking the Flow of People on Edmonton’s Transit System
    Can we identify useful trends in transit rider survey data? Can we gain useful insights regarding ETS operations by tracking shifts in demand as a function of time for different age groups?

  9. Street Light Pollution Patterns in Edmonton: Is the Upper Class Privileged?
    Is the upper class privileged when looking at the streetlight pollution patterns in Edmonton?