Research for Geographical Information Science

Some current faculty research in the Department of Gegraphy that incorporates GIS include projects related to:

  • Plains Archaeology and the spatial distribution at Fincastle Bison Kill Site
  • Late Cenozoic paleoenvironments and magnetostratigraphy
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Geomorphology of ephemeral streams
  • Global environmental change and water resources
  • GIS applications in climate, hydrology, and wildlife habitat
  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Remote sensing and GIS; spatial analysis and computational methods
  • Geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Remote sensing, texture analysis, terrain modelling
  • Microclimatology
  • Economic restructuring and rural development
  • Social change in urban Canada
  • Social and economic impacts of TSE's

Faculty in the Department of Geography also participate in the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research.

In addition to the GIS/remote sensing lab, departmental field equipment includes a new state-of-the-art Total station, and excellent DGPS system, navigational GPS systems, stream flow probes, and a selection of geographical and archaeological field equipment. The department also has a rock and fossil collection, aerial photograph collection, soil laboratory equipment, as well as a teaching map collection.

Our department offers an excellent centre for field-based research and teaching as we are situated in the coulees of the Oldman River, in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by range lands and areas of intense agricultural activity, and within a few hours of large urban centres.

Faculty at the University of Lethbridge find themselves in a unique position to:

  • access excellent undergraduate students who can provide research assistance;
  • collaborate with faculty outside of the Department of Geography on joint projects and research areas;
  • access exceptionally well-equipped facilities both on and off campus;
  • have access to personal research lab space;
  • work with community members and local industry on various projects and initiatives.