Research

At The University of Iowa we conduct research of social and biophysical systems and the events that shape the world in which we live. Our focus is on understanding these dynamic systems with a special emphasis on human-environment interaction and the science and technologies that are needed to analyze, model, and visualize geographic processes.

Ongoing research by faculty and students includes projects on environmental health (identify specific), land use/land cover (cross-border issues of Yellowstone NP, deforestation in Ecuador, agricultural lands in the Iowa, Illinois, and Thailand, mountain responses to climate change), spatial modeling (cellular automata and agent-based approaches), environmental policy (environmental justice), spatiotemporal modeling, and cyberinfrastructure. 

Departmental facilities include a GIS laboratory and a spatial analysis and research laboratory equipped with the latest in GIS and programming software. This includes handheld navigation devices, tablet PCs for field computing, and various other equipment.  Additional facilities include a lab with tree-ring bench, oven, furnace, balances, microscopes, and a portable water quality spectrometer for biogeographical studies; field meteorological stations, datalogger and micrometeorological instruments for environmental health monitoring; and a variety of other field equipment.