Sunday, September 25, 2005

Assumption: Gulf Coast Geography Jobs

Assumption: There will probably be a boom for geographers in areas recently affected by hurricanes Rita & Katrina. Reason: There are geographers out there with skills to assist in the recovery effort for the entire region, such as geographers with urban & regional planning and environmental backgrounds, to name a few. Yet, across the country I can see transportation engineers and regional planners becoming more important in their roles to create evacuation and emergency plans for states, counties, and cities across the United States. Imagine trying to evacuate Washington D.C. Actually, right now, you probably couldn't very effectively. Have you seen the normal traffic around here? Would you trust the expertise of your Mayor or a city council member to do it? Probably not. So, to modify a line from Jack at a past UC, "Geography. Managing Our World." Which it really does and it's something that more people should take note of.

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