About 70 students will spend the day at Mississippi State, using geographic information systems to look at the impacts associated with tropical cyclones, similar to those of hurricane Isaac. The students will participate in hands-on, problem-solving activities that expose them to an advanced university engineering environment. They will learn about the vital role that geography plays in understanding natural disasters by using GIS knowledge and technology to gain information about the impacts and planning associated with natural disasters.
Part of the university's ninth annual GIS Day activities, the program will introduce them to modern GIS technology and career opportunities in the field. Activities will take place at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, located across Highway 182 from campus.