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GIS & Remote Sensing

GIS stands for both “Geographic Information System” –  software to analyze and map geographic data – and “Geographic Information Science” – the science that expands the capabilities of the software. Our department emphasis spans across both the systems and science with being application driven. 

We use GIS for solving fascinating geographic problems. A selection of GIS studies by our faculty and graduate students include:

- Sea ice thickness and uncertainties in the Southern Ocean (Drs. Tracy DeLiberty and Cathy Geiger).

- Lake-induced snowfall associated with Lake Erie and Ontario (Graduate student Zac Suriano).

- Spatial variation of nitrogen export in the White Clay Creek watershed (Dr. Luc Claessens).

- Areal errors in northern Cascade glacier inventories (Dr. Michael O’Neal).

- Demographic change in Sussex County Delaware (Graduate student Eric Pugliano).  

We push the envelope in the use of GIS to create new geographic knowledge by leveraging the power of GIS, as an analysis engine, to examine data and reveal its patterns, relationships, and anomalies – things that might not be apparent until they are mapped. 

GIS is one of the top emerging technology fields in the workforce with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that employment in occupations related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), of which GIS falls, is projected to increase 1 million jobs over the next decade.  The Department of Geography offers a wide range of skills training that enables students to be highly competitive in today’s workforce.

GIS Certificate

If you are interested in the department’s GIS Certificate, click here.  



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