K-State GIScience Research and Facilities Info
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Shape the Geospatial Revolution!
Welcome to the online portal for the GIS and GIScience Community of Practice at Kansas State University which describes geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic information science (GIScience) research, education, people, and facilities at Kansas State University. This site also serves as K-State's online portfolio for active membership in the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), a non-profit association of over 70 universities with multidisciplinary graduate education and advanced research programs in GIScience and dedicated to advancing our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved theory, methods, data, and technology. K-State has been a member institution since 2005.
Areas of research expertise at K-State include satellite remote sensing, cartography and geographic visualization, ecosystem informatics, spatiotemporal modeling and geocomputation, rural resource sustainbility, precision agriculture, and water resources. Emerging areas of expertise include public health GIS, spatial epidemiology, and UAV development.
In education, K-State offers a growing GIScience curriculum that features a number of courses in basic GIS/GIScience, GIS applications, computer science, and statistical/spatial analysis. Students also have the opportunity to pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in GIS or Graduate Certificate in GIScience in conjunction with their major field of study.
K-State also maintains a university education site license with ESRI which permits access to a rich suite of desktop, server, and online GIS products to all university faculty, staff, and students. This site license also makes available several other important resources to the K-State community.
The K-State GIScience community is active in inviting speakers to campus through seminar series sponsored by the Provost and affiliated academic departments. Past speakers have included National Academy of Sciences members and international leaders in GIScience research such as Sarah Bednarz, Jack Dangermond, Dawn Wright, Keith Clarke, Ruth DeFries, Phil Gersmehl, and David Maidment.