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Almaz Naizghi

MS 2010

alumni_NaizghiAdvisor: Kirk Goldsberry

Thesis Topic: An Alternative Approach to Ancillary Data in Dasymetric Mapping Techniques

Synopsis of Graduate Research: My research focused to map population at higher resolution through the dasymetric mapping technique which disaggregates population from U.S. Census data using Land Use and Land Cover. I identified the major errors involved in conventional dasymetric mapping and examined the methods to extend conventional dasymetric mapping techniques by using alternative sources of ancillary data, including municipal zoning data and building-level population data. The alternative ancillary data helped to refine population estimates. In addition, each technique was validated using the pycnophylactic property and it was found that the building level dasymetric method based on census data had preserved the population most accurately.

Since graduating from MSU, I decided to do some volunteering work with my degree. Since March 2011, I am volunteering as GIS intern in Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing, Michigan. I make maps from the geocoded addresses of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) and the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) Program.