Spatial Analysis Lab
The Department of Geography and the Environment is home to the Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL). The lab features eight dual-monitor computer workstations and the latest Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Remote Sensing software programs. The SAL also houses an extensive map collection and a rapidly growing library of digital data.
A full-time lab director supports all software, hardware, and materials, and is available to facilitate their use. Students in GIS, spatial analysis, and remote sensing courses utilize this lab for assignments and projects where they learn the underlying principles of spatial analysis while getting hands-on experience with the latest technology. Students also use the SAL to pursue advanced research projects under the guidance of geography faculty.
Each year select students present their research at the prestigious Association of American Geographers' conference. The SAL is also open to other faculty, staff, and students interested in using geospatial technology in their courses, work or research. Currently, geography students provide research support, data, and consulting across campus in areas as diverse as Biology, Admissions, and Facilities.