Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Earth as Art

What do geographic, earth, and environmental scientists do?

Well, here’s a little hint at a small fraction of what we study:

In courses like EESC 101 Environmental Science you’ll discover the basic principles underlying environmental change, in GEOG/EESC 222 Geomorphology you’ll discover how we see deep into the landscapes all around us, and in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing you’ll learn to use Landsat and other tools to create the images and interpret the data you read about in the TIME article!


Why Maps Matter

Check out this great article from the Globe and Mail called “The enduring power of maps: ‘You find where you are on it’”.

Maps have always had those dual powers: They help us understand our place in the world, and they elicit an undeniable sense of adventure, of possibilities.

You too can learn about the history of maps and how to make maps in the 21st century in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing (link).

This is Geography!!!

From the Canadian Council for Geographic Education:

“As geographers, teachers, and general education enthusiasts we are asking for your help in a national campaign to raise the profile of Geography in Canada. This is Geography is a joint project of CG Education and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) aimed and increasing Canadians’ perception of geography as a subject area and integral aspect of our daily lives. The program consists of two main strands: Google Plus Hangouts and a photographic collection.

We are asking all Canadians to upload photos that answer the phrase “This is Geography” on the website and on Twitter and Instagram using the hash tag #thisisgeography. We want you to also include a brief description of why your photo shows geography. We know that there are endless possibilities of photos that you can upload so get creative! We’ve started the collection but need your help!

Over the next few months we have planned to host our first few Google+ Hangouts. Each hangout will focus on one aspect of geography and have four expert panelists speaking about the issue at hand. The first hangout is scheduled for May 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET and will take a look at some cool “Geo Jobs.” Once completed the hangouts will be uploaded to Canadian Geographic’s YouTube channel, so even if you can’t watch at 4:00, check it out afterwards.”

See the website here!