The Raymond M. Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development is the business research arm of the College of Business at the University of West Florida. The Haas Center began providing geographic information systems data to customers in 2001. The Haas Center provides GIS data to the business community to help identify and target potential site locations, identify potential markets, identify real estate activity, and provide economic and demographic analysis of the geographic area.
Geographic Information Systems
– Environmental Studies
The Environmental Studies Department is the hub of GIS activity at UWF. Located within the department are the Internet Mapping Server (IMS) and the Geo-Data Center. IMS offers the potential to post our research on the internet and allow the public or fellow researchers access. The Geo-Data Center is an inter-departmental GIS laboratory with the latest GIS software and hardware. Current research projects utilizing GIS within the department include an EPA funded study into the health of local estuaries in relation to their drainage basin. Projects currently under development include an expansion of IMS services to include a West Florida geographic data repository.
Geographic Information Systems –
The Archaeology Institute has utilized Digital Geographic Information System (GIS) technology since 1992. The focus of our GIS efforts includes scholarly research, education and serving the historic preservation needs of our region. Most of our academic research projects, both underwater and terrestrial, include a major GIS element, and our students become well versed in its use through classroom instruction and practical application. Moreover, GIS technology enables the Institute to provide efficient cultural resource management advice and assistance to federal agencies, state, city and county governments, developers, utility contractors and private landowners.
Geographic Information Systems - CEDB
An assessment of environmental and health impacts of toxic pollutants on Bayou Texar (PERCH) is being conducted by the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation. GIS technology is being used to evaluate the relative contribution of pollution sources that include storm water runoff, input from Carpenter's Creek, groundwater from industrial sites and tidal influx from Pensacola Bay. GIS analysis assisted in assessing the threat of plumes from Superfund Sites to water and sediment quality in Bayou Texar. The Biology and Environmental Studies Departments are also using GIS to study environmental impacts on surface and groundwater resulting from agricultural runoff. GPS technology was integrated into the GIS to analyze spatial data from surveyed sampling locations.