Jackson State University

Core Competencies Relevant to CGS

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As a Mississippi Research University partner, Jackson State University is supportive of the Center for Gulf Studies (CGS), a Mississippi Research Center of Excellence. JSU is equipped to provide collaborative and comprehensive scientific and technological support, research, and direction towards the discovery and implementation of constructive solutions for understanding the diverse implications and stressors faced throughout the Gulf Coast region.   JSU’s core competencies from various centers and programs will be provided to support the CGS, and to help establish comprehensive and integrated observing, monitoring and mapping programs to forecast ecosystem dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

1 – Trent Lott Geospatial and Visualization Research Center (TLGVRC) specialize in remote sensing (RS), geographic information systems (GIS), scientific visualization and atmospheric dispersion modeling. TLGVRC’s primary objective is to bond its capabilities and expertise through the centralization of technology, data, people, research and instruction which will enhance the discovery, evaluation, and understanding of geographical areas of concerns and geospatial data that adds value to research across multidisciplinary fields of study. TLGVRC’s mission is to offer education and training programs in areas of geospatial technologies; to carry out effective research and development activities; to develop innovative geospatial and geointelligence solutions; and to expand the geospatial technology work force. Additionally, TLGVRC collaborated and conducted joint field experiments for atmospheric measurements over the Mississippi Gulf Coast with NOAA-ARL.

  • Remote Sensing (RS) Laboratory- provides state-of-the-art software and hardware for image processing, training and data analysis.  The primary objective is to classify, process, enhance, and transfer remotely sensed data utilizing image processing applications, GIS and visualization tools.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory – develops, enhance, create and disseminate static and dynamic geospatial applications and cartography solutions for associated education and research purposes. The primary objective is to provide geospatial expertise, education and training to support multidisciplinary areas of concentration, research groups, and end-users through developing and implementing effective GIS based applications, geodatabase management and decision supports systems.
  • Scientific Visualization Laboratory - specializes in data visualization, virtual reality, and interactive computer graphics. The mission is to provide effective visualization and virtual reality tools, models and support for scientific research and educational advancement. The lab provides desktop visualization, modeling, immersive visualization, and workshops for the areas in meteorology, civil engineering, terrain visualization, environmental management, urban planning, computational chemistry, and computer science
  • Atmospheric Modeling – Design, adaptation and application of high resolution mesoscale atmospheric models for weather prediction: Advanced Research and Non-hydrostatic Mesoscale Modeling cores of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Modeling system, Hurricane WRF (HWRF) model for hurricane prediction.  Application of air quality models for simulation of dispersion of atmospheric pollutants: HYSPLIT model for primary pollutants such as Mercury, PM2.5 etc, WRF/Chem model for surface ozone, SMOKE and CMAQ models. 
  • Climate Change - dynamical downscaling, applications to air quality, water quality etc.  

2 - Environmental Science Program

3 - Center for Environmental Health - the primary goal is to develop and sustain an adequate biomedical research infrastructure, and to provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen biomedical programs.

4 - Center for Bioinformatics - The mission of the center is to provide an academic environment for sustainable, internationally renowned research and education in bioinformatics and computational biology. The goal is to focus efforts at translating high-throughput biological data into solutions for health, agriculture and the environment.

5 - Department of Physics Atmospheric and Geosciences  – encompasses many areas, including Materials, Nanoscience and Technology, Optics, Photonics and Nanoscience, High Energy Physics, Mathematical Physics, Atomic and Chemical Physics, Astronomy, Theoretical Astrophysics, Theoretical and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Theory of Atomic Clusters, Computational Physics, Statistical Physics, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Finite Systems, Hyperfine Interactions, and dynamic exchange effects between solids and ion probes. The Meteorology Program has a broad interdisciplinary focus encompassing Weather Modification and Control, Air Pollution, Aviation, Climatology, Tropical Weather, Mesoscale Meteorology, Satellite Communication and Computer Applications. The Earth Systems Science program covers geology, hydrology and climate change.

6 - Center for Natural Disaster, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (NDCIEM) - The principle focus is to develop educational curricula focused on natural disasters that will serve as a firm and enduring foundation for producing the next generation of highly educated, creative and innovative researchers to help solve the existing and future challenges relating to natural disasters in coastal areas. In order to successfully carry out this education objective, projects that stimulate interest in NDCIEM research through areas of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

7 - Department of Chemistry

8 - Center for Urban Planning and Policy Assessment (CUPPA)