The Second Bowman Expedition of the American Geographical Society (AGS), focusing on the island nations of the Greater and Lesser Antilles, supports the AGS commitment to inform the public and governments about foreign geography in support of better policy making. This project, along with the initial expedition to Mexico in 2006 and 2006 (Mexico Indigena) seeks to help accomplish the AGS vision of sending field teams to every country in the world to gather geographic information, conduct place-based research, and combat geographic ignorance.
Following the highly successful
Mexico Indigena effort,
a partnership led by the American Geographical Society
has been awarded funds to conduct fieldwork throughout the
Antilles Region. Kansas State University has accepted primary
responsibility for building and maintaining a multi-resolution,
open source GIS database for the entire Antilles Region.
Virginia Tech will conduct a comparative analysis of water
resource issues in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. LSU
will focus on land-use and land cover dynamics as they relate to
tourism, the dominant economic sector in the Leeward segment of
the Lesser Antilles. Miami and Hofstra Universities will
compare and contrast rural economic conditions, land use change,
and job prospects in three independent countries of the southern
Lesser Antilles. Indiana University will conduct
field-based research to investigate the consequences of rapid
urbanization in Trinidad and rapid coastal zone tourism-related
development in Tobago. The University of Kansas will
coordinate the effort among participants, report to AGS, and
interface onsite with the sponsor.