Geospatial skills are in high demand to help solve real-world problems and enhance an organization's efficiency and effectiveness. Individuals skilled in gathering and interpreting geographic information to create maps are needed more than ever across many industries.
Geographical information systems (GIS) links spatial (location-based) information to database (tabular) information, a process that helps visually show patterns, relationships and trends. This means of analysis offers a new perspective to information that is practically absent from exclusively tabular data.
Spatial analysis studies the distribution and clustering of events and/or objects in space in conjunction with their attribute data — such as street names or number of students at a school. The Department of Geography is the only entity at GW with the skill and training programs required to offer these types of analyses.
In recent years, the department has become an important vehicle for student geospatial training and support. We offer students customized, short-term geospatial projects in partnership with both university and external groups. Past projects include a proposal for “green” additions to the GW campus and tailored GIS workshops for World Bank staff.