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Maxwell School
Maxwell / Department of Geography

GIS Analysis, Modeling & Applications

Faculty in the Geospatial Information, Analysis and Modeling focus have a range of research and teaching interests, including cartography, applications and methods in geographic information technologies (i.e., geographic information systems, computer cartography, remote sensing, multimedia), spatial analysis and modeling, and hydrological and ecosystem modeling. Faculty and graduate students conduct research on key societal and environmental issues. Recent faculty research projects include geospatial surveillance technologies; controversial place and feature names in the geographic names layer of The National Map; societal impacts of map projections; spatial and temporal variations of suspended sediment transport in an agricultural watershed; modeling the erosion process in beaded streams in a semi-arid bajada; modeling channel migration; applications of satellite remote sensing to studies of tropical forest structure, demography, and certified forestry; investigation of spatial image-processing methods for classifying tropical land-cover; GIS mapping of hunger and related issues in the City of Syracuse. Faculty conduct their research in a range of sites, including Brazil, Costa Rica, New York State, Washington, D.C. metro area, California, New Mexico, and Mississippi.

Current graduate student research includes geospatial data for emergency management; cartographic construction of the Middle East; GIS and urban change; spatial and temporal patterns of foliar nitrogen in the Northeastern United States; and land-use change in Amazonian Peru.

The department houses the state-of-the-art Geographic Information and Analysis Laboratory, and employs a dedicated laboratory manager.


Peng Gao (Use of GIS to model sediment movement and hydraulic changes in river channels)
Mark Monmonier (Geographic information (technology, policy, and societal role), cartographic communication and map design, history of cartography in the 20th century, environmental mapping)
Jane Read (Geographic information systems, remote sensing, tropical environments, land use and land cover change, Latin America)
David Robinson (Webpage design; changing role of the Internet in distinctive cultural contexts)

Related Courses

GEO 100 Mapping 2.0: Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 381 Cartographic Design 
GEO 383 Geographic Information Systems 
GEO 386 Quantitative Geographic Analysis 
GEO 388 Geographic Information and Society
GEO 400 Geospatial Technology and Privacy 
GEO 482 Environmental Remote Sensing 
GEO 484 GIS for Urban Environments
GEO 485 Community GIS
GEO 489 Practicum in Community Geography

GEO 500 GIS and Hydrological Modeling 
GEO 583 Environmental GIS 
GEO 595 Geography of the Internet

GEO 681 Map Design
GEO 683 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 686 Advanced Quantitative Geographical Analysis
GEO 688 Geographic Information and Society
GEO 758 GIS-Based Geostatistical Methods and Applications
GEO 781 Seminar in Cartography