GIS and Cartography

GIS and Cartography research at Georgia State is a key component of the Geosciences department. GIS and cartography are used by a number of faculty members and graduate students as part of their research, especially in urban and environmental research. These projects include modeling ozone across the Atlanta metropolitan area, analyzing of the digital divide as it affects the city and the region, analyzing urban development and population growth in Egypt, or the paleoenvironment of lacustrine sediments in East Africa. The department also includes an ongoing interest in various aspects of urban health, and applications of mapping and GIS that can help us better understand the spatial epidemiology of disease.

The rise of “locative media” and new spatial media have attracted considerable interest within the department and across the larger GSU community. Questions of interest here include how free and open source software for geography (FOSS4G) can shed light on geospatial phenomena or help to model geographical processes. Recent projects have included a participatory GIS (PGIS) analysis of the Cabbagetown neighborhood in Atlanta using GIS and GPS, and how it has maintained a sense of identity, and a Geosciences Learning Community (GLC) project developed a sharable data layer for Stone Mountain using Google Earth.

The department houses its own GIS web server which can support development projects, dedicated geospatial research labs for use of the GSU community, as well as an extensive array of historical and present-day data covering topics as varied as 1927 aerial imagery of the Atlanta area and recent census and environmental data.

Students may pursue GIS and digital cartography through the graduate Certificate in GIS or in a number of other GIS and mapping classes, including An Introduction to GIS Applications, GIS, and Advanced GIS.