Environmental GIS Laboratory

This facility applies state-of-the-art tools and concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to a variety of environmental problems at high latitudes. Quantitative spatial analysis focuses on shoreline erosion in Alaska, as well as past and present glacier dynamics and ice-field archaeology. Activities also support geospatial data sharing, community planning for Arctic GIS, online mapping technologies, and a variety of outreach. Other projects involve graduate students with studies of paleoclimate, paleolimnology, and geomorphology from Australia to Iceland. Under the direction of William Manley, and with GIS/RS Specialist Leanne Lestak, the lab includes four workstations, a large-format scanner, peripherals, and a range of software (ArcGIS, Imagine, ENVI, and others).