Category Archives: Spatial Analysis

The Crisis in Syria: Analyzing the Locations of Current Refugee Camps and Possible Locations for Future Camp Sites

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The above maps were produced as part of a project that I did last year, in which I analyzed the location of UNHCR-registered Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq. The goal of my study was to assess the quality of these camps based on their location to vital resources such as roads and water. Finally, I performed a suitability analysis that found suitable areas for future camps in both Turkey and Jordan, countries that I at the time felt had the both the political stability and infrastructural capability to house more refugees. Below is a link to download a Microsoft Powerpoint slide, on which I constructed a poster of my work, which was presented at the 2014 UMW Geography Symposium.


Ethnicity Boundaries for Iraq: Sunni Arabs , Shia Arabs, and Kurds


Above is a map that I created for an analysis that I did last year, in which I looked at the location of Syrian refugee camps in the countries of Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey. I created this map to show the distribution of UNHCR-registered Syrian refugee camps in Iraq, in relation to ethno-religious boundaries that were defined within Iraq in 2003. Although the data that was used to create the map was somewhat out-dated when the map was created, it gave me an idea of the relative ethno-religious makeup of the region, and how the refugee camps were distributed based on these factors.  The purple areas, labeled as mixed, are areas without a true majority of one group. These areas could be mixtures of Arab Sunnis and Arab Shiites, Arab Sunnis and Kurds, or Arab Shiites and Kurds.

Geocoded Locations of McDonald’s and Burger King Restaraunts With the City of Richmond


The above maps of all McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants within the City of Richmond, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County, Virginia, were constructed using geocoding. Geocoding is a method that allows one to create a composite address locator within ArcGIS, which uses a centerline “edges” file (a roads polygon file that contains a set of addresses or an address range) to plot particular locations. An excel spreadsheet with the address of each point to be plotted is inserted into the locator, and candidates for the locations are displayed.