With the year winding down, we hope this Winter issue of Southeastern Geographer finds you well. We are pleased to introduce a map as the cover art for this issue. Entitled, "Persistence of Gulf of Mexico Surface Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill," it was compiled from daily NOAA images of the Gulf of Mexico from April 20 to August 21, 2010. Rick C. Crowsey, a forensic geographer and president of Crowsey Incorporated, produced the map and wrote the adjoining cover art essay, which provides a detailed account of the oil spill, as well as some very insightful commentary on the challenges of acquiring real-time spatial data for such disasters.
This issue of Southeastern Geographer contains four research articles that together reflect a broad cross-section of our discipline and illustrate the diversity of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. The first article, written by Ellen Kohl, examines how stakeholder perceptions of water resources and their varied abilities to engage in the political process influenced water management and drought policy in Georgia between 2007 and 2009. The second article, written by Michael Harrison, draws on twenty-two years of wildfire data to analyze the role of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the genesis of fires in Florida. The third article, by Nancy Perry, Spencer Crew, and Nigel Waters, uses a mixed methods approach to analyze the historic residential patterns of African Americans in Arlington, Virginia between 1900 and 1970, a period which coincided with profound social transformations, as well as the unprecedented growth of Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs. The final article, written by Mark Miller and David Cochran, focuses on recent efforts by the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission to forge a partnership with local and state governments and with African-American civic organizations to develop a tourism industry that celebrates the racially diverse history of this South Mississippi community. This issue concludes with a single book review, written by David Jansson, which examines The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930.
As the second year of our tenure as editors of Southeastern Geographer comes to a close, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the members of the editorial board, reviewers, contributors, and readers. We hope that our efforts as editors will continue to earn your support and interest. We encourage you to submit research articles, cover art ideas, geographical notes, and book reviews for consideration in future issues of the journal. We also welcome comments, whether they are critical or complimentary, and any suggestions you might have on how we can improve Southeastern Geographer. Thank you again for your support.
Best regards, David M. Cochran, Jr. and Carl A. "Andy" Reese
Editors, Southeastern Geographer [End Page 362]