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A GIS approach for improving transportation and mobility in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory

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dc.contributor.author Copithorne, Dana
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-22T21:20:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-22T21:20:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-12-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3770
dc.description.abstract Planning for transportation within northern Canadian communities presents unique challenges, but new research tools offer opportunities for testing potentially innovative solutions that might help improve mobility within these communities. In particular, problem solving has been enriched in recent years by using the spatial modeling methods offered by Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This thesis first reviews various GIS methods before applying one method – the ‘Route Utility Theory’ – to a newly-developed set of metrics for determining the cost of alternate modes of intracommunity transportation. This set of metrics is applied to a data set that represents the trips or journeys made by non-car users in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut Territory. GIS data on roads, walking trails, land contours, and public and residential neighbourhoods are analyzed. The results facilitate comparisons between road options and trail options for improving the movement of people within Iqaluit. Five bus routes were then custom designed and compared using the study’s metrics. The study found that increasing bus and trail options within Iqaluit would provide more efficient options for non-car users. It is argued that the study’s metrics can be adapted for application in other northern communities, and possibly in other isolated and rural communities in different world situations. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Geographical Information Systems en_US
dc.subject Geography en_US
dc.subject Geomatics en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Northern Studies en_US
dc.subject Nunavut en_US
dc.subject Iqaluit en_US
dc.subject Urban Design and Planning en_US
dc.subject Urban Geography en_US
dc.subject transportation engineering en_US
dc.subject Sustainablility en_US
dc.subject Python Programming Language en_US
dc.subject public transit en_US
dc.subject pedestrians en_US
dc.subject bus en_US
dc.subject Open Source Software en_US
dc.title A GIS approach for improving transportation and mobility in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor McCann, L. D.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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