UNLV CEG 795 - Exercise (HW) #1: Mapping Hurricane Katrina (27 pages)

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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CEG 795 Water Resources Modeling and GIS Exercise HW 1 Mapping Hurricane Katrina DUE Monday January 30th Modified from David R Maidment University of Texas and David G Tarboton Utah State University Goals of the Exercise Computer and Data Requirements Procedure for the Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Preview the data in ArcCatalog View the data in ArcMap Adjusting the map display symbology Capturing the screen image Making a map layout of the hurricane path Creating a path line feature class Projecting to an X Y coordinate system Creating a Chart Do something creative Goals of the Exercise Hurricane Katrina occurred between 25 29 August 2005 and although all the damage and loss of life has yet to be assessed it is likely that this event will be known as the greatest natural disaster in the history of the United States Damage occurred from two causes the onslaught of hurricane force winds and tidal surges along the coast of Louisiana Mississippi and Alabama and the drainage of inland floodwaters back towards the coast Lake Pontchartrain breached the levees that separated it from the City of New Orleans and the inrush of water filled the city itself which is located below sea level For the first time in the history of the nation a major city has been paralyzed with its citizens being told to evacuate for an indefinite period until the city can be drained and services restored This is a catastrophe on many levels in human impact in economic losses in lack of foresight in slow response to the emergency In the coming months there will be a great deal of examination as to why and how these failures occurred The purpose of this exercise is to show how GIS data can be assembled to give an integrated picture of the unfolding of this disaster We have listened to news accounts of the path of the hurricane the strength of its winds its point of landfall and then the impacts on the City of New Orleans Lake Pontchartrain and Jefferson Parish As these events occurred over a period of



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