Hello everyone! My name is Nicolette Edwards, and I have been working at GINA as a student employee...
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Hello everyone! 

My name is Nicolette Edwards, and I have been working at GINA as a student employee through EPSCOR since May 2015, and this summer will mark my third one here.  My degree is a BA of Anthropology with a focus on archaeology and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) minor, and I am especially interested in how humans impact their surrounding environment in the past and present.  Since I graduated in May, I will only be here until the end of June, but I am excited about the projects I will be working on and finishing up until then! 

The main project I have been working on over the past couple of months is EPSCOR’s Salmon 2050 Project which is a “A Participatory Scenario Planning Project for the Kenai River Watershed” that created a total of five different scenarios based on the possible different environmental conditions that may occur in 2050.  Each of these scenarios has their own specific guidelines and stipulations.  My focus is on the urban development side of this project, where I utilize ArcGIS to create a visual for each scenario and provide realistic expectations of both domestic housing and commercial businesses based on the potential environmental conditions.  An example of this is provided in the picture above! It is only one scenario (out of five) but it provides a good example of how much the environment could be effected based upon human’s expansion and growth. For more information of the project as a whole, here is a link to EPSCOR’s page: 

http://southcentral.epscor.alaska.edu/salmon-2050

Also, on June 10th I will be showcasing our Augmented Reality Sandbox at Denali’s Summerfest.  If you are not familiar with it, it is a sandbox with a projection simulating landscapes (specifically with distinct elevations) that changes based on on how the sand is formed.  It also has the ability to imitate water in both flow and accumulation and how it would move about the formed landscape! Here is a YouTube link for those interested: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqj4gxCE128

Thank you for reading and have a great summer!

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