Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University

An place to study and perform cutting-edge research in remote sensing, geography, geoinformatics, earth systems science, and their various sub-disciplines

The Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science at George Mason University is the premier department in this field in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, and one of the leading departments in the nation and the world. This department provides the highest level Geographic and Spatial Analytic education in an environment where active applied research is ongoing. The department offers Bachelo

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02/28/2024

Summer internship opportunities! Information session will be held TOMORROW, Thursday 2/29 3:30-4:30pm.

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Happy Holidays from the GGS Department!

Swing by the 2nd-floor open space outside the GGS Office for a free sticker sheet to celebrate.

11/06/2023

REMINDER!!! Registration for GIS Day is now open! Chat with GGS faculty and students, learn more about GGS programs, and network with professionals in the field. All are welcome.

07/10/2023

A large 184.8 × 130.8 cm (72 3/4 × 51 1/2 in.) 1799 map of South America on display at Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. Compiled by William Faden (1750-1836), it was essentially a copy of another map laid out and engraved by Juan de la Cruz Cano y Olmedilla of Spain in 1775.

Historians at Monticello offer more information on this fascinating map:

In 1786, while serving as minister to France, Jefferson received Cruz Cano's map of South America from William Carmichael and sought to have copies made for himself and Congress. Jefferson enlisted William Stephens Smith, John Adams's son-in-law who was then living in London, to help him commission the London mapmaker William Faden to make these copies. In a letter to Smith, Jefferson described the map and its importance:

“The government of Spain at first permitted the map, but the moment they saw one of them come out, they destroyed the plates, seized all of the few copies which had got out and on which they could lay their hands, and issued the severest injunctions to call in the rest and to prevent their going abroad. Some few copies escaped their search. A friend has by good management procured me one, and it has arrived safe through all the searches that travellers are submitted to.”

Sight unseen, Faden agreed to reproduce all twelve sheets of the map. In December 1786, Jefferson sent the map to Faden in care of Smith, and drew up a set of suggestions for republishing the map, including three sketches of the proposed layout of the sheets.

Thirteen years later, in 1799, Faden published his copy of Cruz Cano's work, but he neither sent Jefferson the copies he requested nor returned the original. Jefferson, who had enlisted friends such as James Madison to inquire as to Faden's progress, resorted to buying a copy from a London map dealer in 1805 — nineteen years after sending the original to Faden. Publication of the controversial map may have been delayed because of Faden's position as geographer to the King.

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Congratulations to all 2023 graduates! If you’re a GGS graduate, don’t forget to drop by the office before finals end to get your customizable grad gift.

NASA Intern 02/22/2023

Interesting in working with NASA? NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) paid internships allow high school and college-level students to contribute to agency projects under the guidance of a NASA mentor. Visit here for more information and to apply:

NASA Intern NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) paid internships allow high school and college-level students to contribute to agency projects under the guidance of a NASA mentor.

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Stop by the GGS office in EXPL 2400 to grab a Finals Survival Kit. Wishing everyone all the best!

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We continue our Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University spotlight with this featuring our remote sensing experts: Professors Xianjun Hao, Paul Houser, John Qu, Donglian Sun, and Konrad Wessels.

These faculty members use remote sensing to conduct all kinds of research, such as: Hao, who uses remote sensing data analysis and applications for climate data records and climate change. Houser's research focuses on local to global land surface-atmospheric interactions, hydrology and snow. Qu’s major project focuses on the development of integrated early warning and decision-support systems for a sustainable Water-Energy-Food-Health (WEFH) Nexus. Sun uses remote sensing to track natural hazards such as floods, droughts, and hurricanes. And Wessels focuses on scaling up machine learning for image analyses, forest and savanna vegetation structure and biomass estimation.

The topic of remote sensing, also known as Earth Observation, uses imagery and data from satellites, aircraft and drones to study the Earth system and human impacts on the environment and gather geospatial intelligence. Thanks to these incredible researchers, it’s clear that our GGS Department is leading the way in remote sensing.

Learn more about our GGS faculty: https://go.gmu.edu/GGSFaculty

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We were thrilled to welcome over 100 students to GIS Day 2022. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
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We were excited to see both new and familiar faces at yesterday's GGS Welcome Event. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

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Want some free pizza? Come to the Geography and Geoinformation Science Welcome Event on Wednesday, August 31 at 1:30 pm. Hear from our faculty, meet other students, and grab a slice of pizza! Scan the QR Code above to RSVP.

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, the Commencement Ceremony is now live! Join in on the celebration and honor the : https://gmutv.gmu.edu/live/


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Thank you for everyone who came out to celebrate our amazing graduates and honor our awardees!

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Congratulations to Emma Von Hoene on receiving the Outstanding Service to the Department Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to Li Lin on receiving the Outstanding PhD Student Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to Cora Stern on receiving the Outstanding Masters Student Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to Sarah Mehaffey on receiving the Outstanding Certificate Student Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to William Siepmann on receiving the Highest Undergraduate GPA Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to Emma Von Hoene on receiving the Outstanding BS Student Award for 2021-2022.

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Congratulations to Katherine Rocchio on receiving the Outstanding BA Student Award for 2021-2022.

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Join us tomorrow for our End-of-Year Department Celebration! All are welcome to join us at our open area at 1pm. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP'd.

If you're a current GGS student or recent graduate, please RSVP to join us on May 6th for our End-of-Year Department Celebration!

RSVP at: https://gmu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RQGgsa98ZxD2Tk

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Chaowei (Phil) Yang, Professor, Director, NSF Spatiotemporal
Innovation Center, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University, and his collaborators received funding from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for their study that aims to improve ground-level air quality prediction. Read more about the research being conducted: https://go.gmu.edu/GLAirQ


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Congrats Mark on your summer internship with NASA DEVELOP! We are so proud of you at GGS.

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