Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, Geography Department
  • Director, Center for Natural & Technological Hazards
  • Director, Certificate in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management, Geography Department


Research Summary

Environmental hazards, transportation, and geographic information systems (GIS)

Research Statement

My research and teaching interests lie at the nexus of hazards, transportation, and geographic information science. I am interested in all three of these areas separately, but topics that incorporate two or three are especially interesting. A prime example is the role of transportation in emergencies, which may involve relocating people to safety or deploying resources to a disaster site. My primary focus is advancing the field of regional evacuation analysis. The methods that I've developed are explicitly geographic and rely on integrating techniques in operations research and geographic information science.

Research Keywords

  • Hazards, Risks & Disasters, Interest Level: 5
  • Transportation, Interest Level: 5
  • Geographic Information Science & Systems, Interest Level: 5
  • The U.S. West, Interest Level: 5
  • Australia, Interest Level: 5

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • HAZARD MITIGATION. PI: COVA,THOMAS J. STATE OF UTAH, 10/01/2012 - 06/30/2014. Total project budget to date: $51,608.00
  • PROTECTIVE ACTION TRIGGERS. PI: COVA,THOMAS J. Co-PI(s): DENNISON, P.; DREWS, F.. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 03/01/2011 - 06/30/2015. Total project budget to date: $419,784.00
  • DECISION MAKING IN WILDFIRES. PI: COVA,THOMAS J. Co-PI(s): DREWS, FRANK. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 07/01/2007 - 06/30/2010. Total project budget to date: $288,438.00
  • GEOGRAPHIC COMPLEXITY/DYNAMICS. PI: COVA,THOMAS J. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 08/01/2004 - 07/31/2006. Total project budget to date: $72,125.00

Software Titles

  • WUIVAC: Wildland Urban Interface Evacuation Model. A spatial decision support system for aiding incident commanders in timing wildfire evacuations (based on fire behavior and geography). Release Date: 01/01/2008. Inventors: Tom Cova and Phil Dennison.