Facilities & Equipment

The Department of Geography & Planning occupies the second and third floors of a modern science facility and contains two computer laboratories for work in computer-aided cartography, image processing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The department presently houses maps, atlases, journals, and periodicals in the Map Library.

Appalachian Tree Ring Lab

Dendrochronology has developed into a leading method for recording and monitoring climate change, natural ecological processes, and human-caused changes in the environment. Projects in the Appalachian Tree Ring Lab Laboratory have been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Grandfather Mountain, and others.

GIS Labs & Drives

The Geographic Information Science (GIScience) Laboratory is located in the Department of Geography & Planning. It is managed by a full-time system administrator. The department also maintains a spatial database which provides data for educational and research purposes.

Global Change Lab

The Global Environmental Change Lab enables students to explore the inter-relationships among the Earth’s complex environmental systems and the methodologies used by a diverse group of scientists (e.g., atmospheric chemists, biologists, climatologists, dendroecologists, geographers, paleoclimatologists, snow scientists, etc.).

Map Library

The Map Library is located in Rankin Science West 325. It houses maps of world, continental, regional and individual nations. The Map Library is useful for obtaining information and visuals for study in many fields, including business, geology, history, and political science. 

Technology FAQs

Several frequently asked questions about software and equipment.