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Jeremy Gencavage - Success Story

During my graduate program tenure, I have continued to develop an ongoing research project from my undergraduate GIS concentration. I have examined optimal routing and property accessibility in Ocean City, MD, under various flood depth scenarios.

Jeremy Gencavage HeadshotThe process and methodology of the project have cultivated an interest in studying the flood model used to create the end product. I intend on studying this flood model, HAZUS-MH, and writing a paper based on my methodology. My goal is to develop a method used for similar, transgressive barrier islands, such as Ocean City, in hopes of spreading awareness around the country regarding coastal flooding.

This project has allowed me to utilize my undergraduate knowledge of coastal science, along with providing an opportunity to enhance my GIS skills. My graduate program specifically focuses on combining my technical GIS skills with the ability to delegate tasks and work efficiently with others. This project would not have been possible without the guidance of Dr. Michael Scott, Dr. Arthur Lembo and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) staff at Salisbury University.

In April 2018, I present my work at the Association of American Geographers Conference in New Orleans, LA. This trip and my GIS project have been funded by Salisbury University, specifically the Geography and Geosciences Department. This project and graduate program have showed me the many opportunities available within the field of GIS. The support from the University and my professors has been tremendous. Their guidance and hard work have helped build a foundation for me to excel and I look forward to the next steps in my career.