Bandana Kar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geology

As a geographer who specializes in GIScience and hazards, my research interests focus on (i) investigating the influence of spatial and temporal scales of analysis on modeled outcomes; (ii) assessing physical risk, social vulnerability and financial losses due to natural hazards; (iii) assessing error/accuracy of products and models due to fusion of data from multiple sources and scales of analysis; (iv) investigating the effectiveness of Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) as a decision-making tool from Human-Computer Interaction perspective; (v) evacuation modeling to optimize evacuation time, route and trigger point to issue evacuation orders; (vi) investigating the causes and consequences of privacy loss due to location-based services.
Undergraduate students from disciplines, such as, geography, computer science, business, law, and education, and interested in conducting research in GIScience (spatial analysis and modeling, image processing, database design and deployment, web mapping), hazards, risk financing or location privacy can work in my Geo-Informatics and Hazard Research Lab (WSB # 213). The lab is equipped with servers, PCs, geo-spatial software (e.g., ArcGIS - spatial analysis and modeling, ERDAS - image processing, ArcServer - Web Mapping/SDSS), statistical software (STATA/SPSS - quantitative analysis, NVivo - qualitative data and social media data analysis/mining). The lab has access to a number of nation-wide geo-spatial data (e.g., demographic data, parcel boundary and tax roll information, Digital Elevation Model, land use/cover data, historical hurricane data, remote sensing images). In my lab, any interested under-graduate student (i) can work on his/her choice project and/or on-going research projects using available resources; (ii) will get funding opportunities to work on current research projects; (iii) will get opportunities to work as intern in public and private institutions with which I collaborate and in NASA DEVELOP program; (iv) will get the opportunity to present his/her work in regional and/or academic conferences with my help. Each student will be mentored by me and my graduate research assistants.
As GIScience has been declared a STEM field by the U.S. Federal Government, my lab provides an opportunity for any under-graduate student to gain (i) practical experience to work in geo-spatial industries (a growing job sector in the world); (ii) research experience to pursue further studies to be part of research and/or academic institution; and (iii) experience to conduct transformative inter-disciplinary research.

• Kar, B., 2013. “Decision Support Tools”, Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, Edited By: K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, and Ryan Hagen, 255-257.
• Kar, B., 2013. “Principles of Emergency Management”, Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, Edited By: K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, and Ryan Hagen, 328-332.
• Kar, B., 2013. “Public Awareness and Education”, Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, Edited By: K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, and Ryan Hagen, 765 - 770.
• Kar, B., and R. C. Crowsey, J. J. Zale, 2013. “The Myth of Location Privacy in the U.S.: Surveyed Attitude vs. Current Practices”, The Professional Geographer, 65(1), 47-64.
• Kar, B., and M. E. Hodgson, 2012. “Housing Unit Distribution in Coastal Counties: Comparison of Different Dis-aggregation Techniques”, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 39 (1): 3-16.
• Kar, B., and M. E. Hodgson, 2012. “Relationship between Observational Scale and Modeled Potential Residential Loss from a Storm Surge”, GISRS, 49(2).
• Zale, J.J., and B. Kar, 2012. “Modeling Football Stadium Evacuation Using Geographic Information System”, Southeastern Geographer, 52 (1): 70 - 89.
• Kar, B., and M. E. Hodgson, 2008. "A GIS-Based Model to Determine Site Suitability of Emergency Evacuation Shelters," Transactions in GIS, 12(2): 227-248.
• Hodgson, M. E. and B. Kar, 2008. "Modeling the Potential Swath Coverage of Nadir and Off-Nadir Pointing Remote Sensing Satellite-Sensor Systems," Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 35(3): 147-156.
• Kar, B., J. Bass, J. Zale, and J. Dickens. “Exploring the Availability and Variation in Coverage of Communication Platforms Used for Warning and Alert in the Mississippi Coastal Communities”. Department of Homeland Security.
• Kar, B., J. Bass, J. Zale, and J. Dickens. “Spatial Distribution of Social Vulnerability and Vulnerable Populations in Coastal Hazard Induced Risk-Zones”. Department of Homeland Security.
• New York in the World Economy: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/24000/24100/24136/I90_NY_New_World_Report.pdf.
• Developing Data Resources for the 21st Century: New Uses for Archived Intelligent Transportation Systems: http://www.utrc2.org/research/assets/77/dataresources1.pdf.