Hurricane Katrina Unites Mapping with Music | KENT STATE TODAY | Kent State University

Hurricane Katrina Unites Mapping with Music

Andrew Curtis, Ph.D., geography professor and co-director of Kent State University’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Health & Hazards Lab, is recognized as a leader in his field. But, his work transcends the classroom.

Kent State geography professor uses geospatial technology to map catastrophes.
After Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, Dr. Curtis and his academic team utilized geospatial and mapping techniques to help with search and rescue operations.

Soon after, while reading a magazine, Dr. Curtis discovered the song ‘Katrina’ by the band Cairo and kept a correspondence with the lead singer after discovering their shared interest in the disaster and global issues. Their connection eventually led to the two meeting in person, where they discussed music, the 2005 disaster and catastrophes that have since followed.

Learn more about Dr. Curtis, his work and volunteer efforts in this Louder Sound interview and story.