Eric Beaton GIS and Planning
Eric Beaton was the 2006 Winner of Harvard University's Howard T. Fisher Prize in Geographic Information Science, a competitive prize awarded to the Harvard graduate student with the best GIS analysis. His prize combined cutting edge GIS technology with thorough background research as well as analysis of the data. The prize winning version of the research is available here, and more information about the project is available upon request.
Topography of small areas or larger regions can be analysed for various characteristics. Land Use can be broadly analysed for locations or regions. The entire United States is covered by the US Geological Survey; in some areas, more detailed data is also available.
Census-Based Analysis can be used to compare regions or portions or regions to each other. Examples of census information include:
# Population density
# Area income levels
# Transportation Mode Choice
# Vacancy Rates
Transportation Network Analysis is a
sophisticated way of evaluating the reach
of transportation systems. Using the actual
layout of road and rail networks, travel
time or distance to specific points can be
measured in a much more useful manner
than traditional analyses.