GIS investigations are part of many of the activities in this unit. These investigations make use of ArcGIS Online, an internet software that runs on most browsers. If you do not have an an ArcGIS account and would like to have one you can sign up for a free personal account here.
The Hanford Project files are also available to download for ArcGIS Desktop:Download Hanford Data
The data and shapefiles in the various map layers are from a variety of sources:
Columbia River &
Cancer related data from Robert Fadeley, "Oregon Malignancy Pattern Physiographically Related to Hanford Washington Radioisotope Storage," Journal of Environmental Health 27:6:883-897, 1965 and "State Cancer Profiles," National Cancer Institute, 2011.
Oregon and Washington county shapefiles from the Oregon GEO Spatial Data Library.
Nearby Weather Stations
Wind rose images produced using the Western Region Climate Center's RAWS USA Climate Archive on November 7, 2011.
The Technical Steering Panel of the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project, Summary: Radiation Dose Estimates from Hanford Radioactive Material Releases to the Air and the Columbia River, April 21,1994, p 28-31.
data from John R. Goldsmith, et. al, Juvenile Hypothyroidism among Two Populations Exposed to Radioiodine, Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 107, Number 4, April 1999, 303-308.
Michele Stenehjem Gerber, The Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Susan Zwinger, The Hanford Reach: A Land of Contrasts, Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2004.
Your comments and suggestion about these materials are more than welcome.
If you have ideas for additional topics that would lend themselves to the approach taken here, please pass them along. I'd enjoy collaborating with you.