Diana Mitsova, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
John DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development
Affiliate Professor in the Department of Geosciences
My research focuses on the use of geographic information systems, and spatial and statistical analysis to understand the interactions between the built and natural environments and inform sustainable urban planning and environmental practices. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (CMMI # 1541089, #2028968), Federal Emergency Management Agency/ Florida Department of Emergency Management, the Florida Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, USGS, the Kresge Foundation, the National Park Service, and Collaborative Sciences Center on Road Safety (CSCRS) (National UTC). My early publications contributed towards the understanding of historical and projected patterns of urban growth, open space conservation, and focused on environmental planning and modeling using geographic information systems and interactive computer simulation. My NSF-funded research contributed to the development of a computational platform for probabilistic assessment of infrastructure interdependencies during extreme events to advance knowledge of highly complex behaviors of interdependent infrastructure systems and their resilience. My research has also focused on topics related to sea level rise vulnerability, climate adaptation and mitigation planning, shoreline stabilization, and health effects of climate change. I am a lead author of a book titled Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning (2019, Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group). The book (co-authored with Dr. Ann-Margaret Esnard) examines concepts related to climate adaptation planning, the fundamentals of using geospatial technologies in climate vulnerability assessments, and the formulation of mitigation and adaptation strategies. The book presents case studies as well as many examples from a diverse international group of scholars and entities in the public and private sectors.
Diana Mitsova Appointed as the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar