I don't frequent this site these days, but I could use some ideas for a project. I am a geography undergrad specializing in GIS. I've been intending to go on to a planning Masters, but for now I'm exploring spatial data and the GIS side of things.
I was lucky enough to earn a position in a 3 week study abroad program with my department this summer. We will be visiting Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi, and Tokyo. Each student is to design a mapping/spatially-oriented project to start in one of the cities we visit. I chose Abu Dhabi, as I am intrigued by its modern cityscape and planned urban form. However, I am finding it difficult to narrow my project down into one specific aspect of the city. Ideally I would like to do some spatial analysis on one aspect like city's land use, transportation networks, infrastructure, water bodies, greenspace, etc. We are to use GIS data so I need to think in terms of what data I might be able to get my hands on. We will be visiting government departments there, most likely the country's national mapping agency, so I should be able to gain access to some data. Not sure if I'll be able to work with the Abu Dhabi Planning Dept., though.
So, any ideas? I'm excited to hear what other people might find interesting to do there.