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Updated July 22, 2008
AGS BOWMAN EXPEDITION TO COLOMBIA
David J. Keeling
Project Director and AGS Councilor
The AGS Bowman Expedition to Colombia began in January 2008 and has three primary objectives. The first is to partner with Colombian universities,
research centers, and other institutions to develop GIS analytical capabilities and to help train U.S., Colombian, and other international students, faculty, and researchers
in geographic techniques. The AGS Bowman Expedition to Colombia is currently developing research partnerships with CERAC , GEOSCIRE , the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá), and the Universidad de EAFIT (Medellín).
The second objective is to understand the impacts of urban and rural violence on the spatial development of communities. Specifically, the AGS Bowman Expedition to
Colombia is analyzing the geography and history of Comuna 13 in Medellín, with the goal of developing a virtual Atlas of Comuna 13 that will present the story
of the birth, growth, social collapse, and rebirth of this neighborhood of Medellín. The Atlas will be online, open sourced, and available to scholars, students, and members of the public
for comments and contributions. It will address the geography, history, planning, and security of the various barrios that comprise
The third objective is to analyze land-use planning and changes in the Province of Cauca, southwest Colombia.
The first part of this project focuses on 14 departments in Cauca, with the goal of creating GIS-based land-use maps. A significant amount
of illegal drug activity takes place in this region, especially coca, poppy, and marijuana production in park or reserve areas of the province.
For more information, contact Dr. David J. Keeling by email or phone (1-270-745-4555).