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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Professor Uli Ingram

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Traveling to and living in another country can be exciting and challenging. Thankfully our U.S. Embassies are available to assist us should we be in need. Embassies also work with host governments to increase understanding of the United States and its policies and collaborate on shared interests. In order to be as effective as possible an Embassy needs to be located in a suitable and easy to access area. Where are other foreign embassies located? Where are the host country’s local government offices? And, how close are hotels where dignitaries could stay? These are some of the questions this project sought to answer with research and GIS analysis. Presented will reference maps showing where current embassies and local government are located, points of interest and hotels in proximity. Maps with the location possibilities for a future United States Embassy will also be presented. Using GIS analysis this project will filter locations based on factors provided by the state department to narrow down a few parcels and compare their strengths and weaknesses. Additional maps will be presented detailing the amenities near the possible locations to showcase their exceptional locale.

Disciplines

Geographic Information Sciences

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Finding a Suitable Embassy Location using GIS: Reykjavik, Iceland and Vilnius, Lithuania

Traveling to and living in another country can be exciting and challenging. Thankfully our U.S. Embassies are available to assist us should we be in need. Embassies also work with host governments to increase understanding of the United States and its policies and collaborate on shared interests. In order to be as effective as possible an Embassy needs to be located in a suitable and easy to access area. Where are other foreign embassies located? Where are the host country’s local government offices? And, how close are hotels where dignitaries could stay? These are some of the questions this project sought to answer with research and GIS analysis. Presented will reference maps showing where current embassies and local government are located, points of interest and hotels in proximity. Maps with the location possibilities for a future United States Embassy will also be presented. Using GIS analysis this project will filter locations based on factors provided by the state department to narrow down a few parcels and compare their strengths and weaknesses. Additional maps will be presented detailing the amenities near the possible locations to showcase their exceptional locale.

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