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Sam Cole
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Sam Cole is a Professor in the Department of Planning (since 1983) and the Department of Geography (from 1993 to 1997) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Director of the Center for Regional Studies (from 1988-1993), and former President of the North East Regional Science Association. Prior to this he was at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom Department of Environment, and the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. He is a member of the  National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis  and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. He has authored and edited several books on global models and futures scenarios including "Models of Doom: A Critique of the Limits to Growth" and "World Futures - The Great Debate", "Worlds Apart: Technology, Distribution and the International Economy", "The Global Impact of Information Technology", and "Global Models and Futures Studies". He was a member of the Council of the World Futures Studies Federation and is North American editor of the journal Futures. Sam has been a consultant to several international agencies including the European Commission, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the UNDP African National Long Term Perspectives Studies Project, the UN Commission on Culture and Development, and prepared an Economic Development Plan for the Caribbean island of Aruba. He has recently worked with the UNDP/World Bank Project in China on Sustainable Development for the Yellow River Delta. During the summer of 1999, Sam and two students from the Planning Program assisted the Statistics Department in Aruba to develop a GIS system for the the Island's Year 2000 Census of Population. Three recent project with power utilities are evaluation of the Niagara Mohawk PowerChoice proposals for New York State, the impact of a Cruise Ship Care facility in the Bahamas, and a socio-economic analysis of the role of the Niagara Falls Power Project in the development of Western New York. In Spring 2000 Sam will be working with the Center for Urban Studies to develop on-line economic impact models for inner-city neighborhoods.

Public Transport 2050 - Pedalling together into the Future

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Recent Work and Publications

A Heuristic Method for Futures Scenario Projections
An exercise from the Graduate Planning Program Global Issues and Futures Seminar. You can download a working version of the heuristic futures model and  data.

Of Maps and Macros: Object Oriented Spreadsheet 'GIS'
in Environment and Planning B, Planning and Design, 1998, 25 pages 227-243.
An exercise  carried out in the Planning Program Decisions Support and GIS class.

Decision Support for Calamity Preparedness

published by National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, 1997. This exercise is discussed in the Computer Skills for Consultants, Planners, and Community class.

Recreational Information Systems - Mountain Biking at Hunters Creek
A GIS for Planners Exercise in Environmental Management and Recreation.

Household Multipliers, Trickle-up, and the Informal Sector in Inner-City Neighborhoods
A calculation of multipliers for the inner-city and the surrounding metropolitan region demonstrates the importance of the informal sector for inner-city development.

Infinite Multipliers in Finite Systems - and Why the World Economy Doesn't Explode!
You can download a Simple Speadsheet Solution for Lagged Input-Output and Multiplier Analysis.


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