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Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) Events

Event Type
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
May 3, 2013   3:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
UIC Sustainability Events Calendar

SADA Roundtable Discussion

This round table discussion meeting is sponsored by the SPH-EOHS division and organized by the SPH-EOHS Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (EMCP) program in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Institute for Environmental Modeling, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the SPH-EOHS Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center. USEPA Region V GIS experts will also participate in the discussion.

Guess speaker: Robert Stewart, UT-SADA group

Moderator: Joseph Zanoni, SPH-EOHS

To facilitate the discussion R. Stewart will be presenting GIS applications and A. Sambani (SPH-EOHS) a case study: Defining risk based restrictive zones for the protection of workers.

Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) is free software that incorporates tools from environmental assessment fields into an effective problem solving environment. These tools include integrated modules for visualization, geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, human health risk assessment, ecological risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis, sampling design, and decision analysis. The capabilities of SADA can be used independently or collectively to address site specific concerns when characterizing a contaminated site, assessing risk, determining the location of future samples, and when designing remedial action.

Dr. Stewart's interests center around quantitative and computational methods geospatial and spatial-temporal modeling, with an emphasis on stochastic methods in uncertainty, risk, and decision analysis. In addition to his work at ORNL, Dr. Stewart holds a faculty position in the Geography department at the University of Tennessee where he also collaborates with The Institute for Environmental Modeling. He leads development and collaborations between UT and ORNL on the Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) project.  Refreshments will be served a round table discussion about SADA and its potential to be applied in many public health fields of research.

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