The Geographic Information Science Center mission is to provide a foundation for excellence in teaching, research, and public service in GISci with an emphasis on educating students to become leaders in the geospatial sciences. The objectives of the Center are threefold: 1) to coordinate high caliber teaching, scholarship, and outreach through application of GISci tools, 2) to provide facilities in which users can access the state-of-the-art equipment and software to support their work, and 3) to secure external grants to fund its activities and improve its infrastructure.
The Geographic Information Science Center is an initiative of the College of Sciences. Currently, 17 faculty members with doctorates, most of them with the ranks of assistant professor through full professor, are affiliated with the Center. They represent six academic units at the University, including Biological Sciences, Business, Geology/Geography, Economics, and Political Science. Their expertise encompass a wide spectrum of disciplines, including wildlife biology and landscape ecology, land-use and land-cover change, biometrics and ecological genetics, information systems, disaster preparedness and recovery, environmental policy, public policy, remote sensing and digital terrain modeling, and geodatabase design and special analysis. The Center is supported by an Advisory Committee of faculty members from the key participating academic units at the University and leading academics and professionals in GISci and closely related disciplines. As growth ensues, it is anticipated the Center will develop new programs to expand and enhance its outcomes and mission.