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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.
Housing and Migration
Tom CrawfordAssistant Professor
Department of Geography Director
Center for Geographic Information Science
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
I am interesting in communicating geographic information in the form of digital maps and related technologies. Thematic topics include cultural and environmental amenities, coastal development, weather and climate, and hazard risks.
My research investigates human–environment interactions from spatial analytical perspectives that involve linking populations to environments using geospatial data and methods. Recently, I've been working on the impacts of migration and development pressure on land use and cover in coastal regions of the southeastern US. This project was funded by NC Sea Grant and is titled "Linking Demographic Patterns to Landscape Indicators of Coastal Development: A Spatial Characterization of Changing Land Use/Cover Metrics Associated with Tourism and In-Migration." I also participate as a research associate with the Renaissance Computing Institute at East Carolina University (RENCI at ECU) in projects that investigate human perceptions and behaviors in response to coastal hazards such as shoreline erosion and tropical storms.