Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
GIS and Coastal Issues
Thomas R. Allen
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Director, RENCI at ECU Engagement Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Community Outreach Interests
I am interested in promoting the adoption of geospatial technologies by communities for better land use planning, environmental quality, and natural hazards reduction. The strategy I am pursuing in outreach seeks to raise awareness, develop capacity, and proselytize the labor, time-saving, and efficiency of GIS and related technology. Many communities lack the awareness or technical wherewithal to utilize GIS. My community outreach intends to raise the public awareness of spatial decision-making, providing the layperson, government, and activists alike access to the environmental data and ultimately life-sustaining resources for an ecological foundation of sustainability. I am a highly engaged scholar who enjoys working with others in a variety of disciplines. In particular, I have become strongly allied with practitioners in public health and mosquito control, environmental management, and sustainable design, manufacturing, and planning.
I am fascinated by the revolution in science and technology that allows us to map with unprecedented accuracy and precision as well as to record and analyze spatial patterns and processes. I work on problems with a holistic perspective that includes the spatial dynamics of environmental systems. I am most interested in coastal ecosystems, watersheds, and landform changes (e.g., sea-level rise, coastal erosion, natural hazards, and environmental quality). Toward this, I have studied a wide range of systems, from barrier islands, shore erosion mapping techniques, mosquito-borne disease, land use and stormwater runoff, and sea-level rise. Since coastal environments offer such attractive tourism resources, my interest in sustainable tourism flows naturally from my passion for the coasts.
- Allen, T. R., Tolvanen, H., Oertel, G. F., & McLeod, G. M. (2007). Spatial characterization of environmental gradients in a coastal lagoon, Chincoteague Bay, USA. Estuaries and Coasts, 30(6), 1–19.
- Allen, T. R., & Wong, D. (2006). Exploring GIS, spatial statistics, and remote sensing for risk assessment of vector-borne disease: A West Nile virus example. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 6(4/5/6), 253–275.
- Oertel, G. F., Allen, T. R, & Foyle, A. M. (2008). The influence of drainage hierarchy on pathways of barrier retreat: An example from Chincoteague Bight, Virginia, U.S.A. Southeastern Geology, 45(3), 179–208.
- Wang, Y., & Allen, T. R. (2008). Estuarine shoreline change detection using Japanese ALOS PALSAR HH and JERS-1 L-HH SAR data in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds, North Carolina, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29(15), 4429–4442.
- GEOG 6410: Advanced Cartography
- GEOG 6230: Earth Surface Processes on the Coastal Plain
- GEOG 6440: Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments