Bandana Kar

Bandana Kar

Research Scientist


Dr. Bandana Kar is a Research Scientist in Critical Infrastructure and Climate team of Urban Dynamics Institute, which is part of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.  She has experience in image processing, spatial and statistical analysis, geo-spatial and temporal modeling, damage and loss estimation, and risk and resilience assessment. Her research interests are in: (i) uncertainty and accuracy assessment, (ii) multi-scale and spatio-temporal modeling, (iii) cyber GIS, citizen science, and location privacy, (iv) crisis informatics and data science, (v) change detection and feature extraction using remotely sensed images, (vi) risk communication, damage and resilience assessment. She has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense to conduct research in risk communication, economic resilience, and using big data for homeland security and emergency management.


  1. 2016: ASPRS Presidential Citation (ASPRS)
  2. 2010: Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk (Beijing Normal University, China)
  3. 2009: Enabling the Next Generation of Hazard Researchers (National Science Foundation)


  1. **Zale, J. J., Kar, B., Cochran, D. M., (in press). Optimizing Stadium Evacuation by Integrating Geo-computation and Affordance Theory, Journal of Emergency Management.
  2. Lee, J., Blackmon, B., Cochran, D., Kar, B., and Rehner, T. (2017). Community Resilience, Psychological Resilience, and Depressive Symptoms: An Examination of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Ten Years after Hurricane Katrina and Five Years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
  3. Kar, B., Sieber, R., Haklay, M., Ghose, R. (2016). Public Participation GIS and Participatory GIS in the Era of GeoWeb. The Cartographic Journal, 53(4): 296-299.
  4. Blackmon, B., Lee, J., Cochran, D., Kar, B., and Rehner, T. (2016). Adapting to Life after Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: An Examination of Psychological Resilience and Depression on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Social Work in Public Health,
  5. Kar, B. (2015). Citizen Science in Risk Communication in the Era of ICT. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, DOI: 10.1002/cpe.3705 
  6. Cumbie, B. & Kar, B. (2015). The Role of Social Media in U.S. County Governments: The Strategic Value of Operational Aimlessness. International Journal of Electronic Government Research, 11(1): 1 – 20.     
  7. Cumbie, B. & Kar, B. (2014). A Study of Local Government Website Inclusiveness: The Gap Between E-Ggovernment Concept and Practice. Information Technology for Development, DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2014.906379.
  8. Kar, B., **Crowsey, R. C. & **Zale, J. J. (2013). The Myth of Location Privacy in the U.S.: Surveyed Attitude vs. Current Practices. The Professional Geographer, 65(1), 47-64.
  9. Kar, B. & Hodgson, M. E. (2012). A Process Oriented Areal Interpolation Technique: A Coastal County Example. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 39 (1), 3-16.
  10. Kar, B. & Hodgson, M. E. (2012). Relationship between Observational Scale and Modeled Potential Residential Loss from a Storm Surge, GISRS, 49(2), 202-227.
  11. **Zale, J. J. & Kar, B. (2012). A GIS-based Football Stadium Evacuation model. Southeastern Geographer, 52 (1), 70 - 89.
  12. Kar, B. & Hodgson, M. E. (2008). A GIS-Based Model to Determine Site Suitability of Emergency Evacuation Shelters. Transactions in GIS, 12(2), 227-248.
  13. Hodgson, M. E. & Kar, B. (2008). Modeling the Potential Swath Coverage of Nadir and Off-nadir Pointing Remote Sensing Satellite-Sensor Systems. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 35(3), 147-156.

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