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The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is comprised of physical, natural and social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our mission is to create, extend and disseminate applied and theoretical scientific knowledge of the Earth’s physical, natural and human systems and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service.  This is accomplished through the lens of five interdisciplinary themes:

  • Global Change
  • Sustainability
  • Human Environmental Interaction
  • Hazards
  • Geospatial Perspective

While each of these thematic areas represents distinct faculty expertise, there are considerable opportunities for multidisciplinary learning and research.

The Department houses programs leading to undergraduate, undergraduate honors, and graduate degrees in the following areas: Geography, Earth Sciences, Geology and Meteorology.  Additionally the department contributes to two interdisciplinary graduate programs; Infrastructure and Environmental Systems and Public Policy.

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UNC Charlotte Meteorology students featured in CLAS news story about storm chasing

January 12, 2015

UNC Charlotte Meteorology senior Ricky Matthews and Earth Sciences Masters student Thomas Winesett were featured in a CLAS Exchange story about storm chasing in North Carolina last April.  Read the whole article and see some pictures at https://exchange.uncc.edu/meterorology-student-seeks-to-improve-systems-to-save-lives/

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UNC Charlotte GES students and faculty at AMS in Phoenix

January 5, 2015

About 10 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Professors Davenport and Magi, will be at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Phoenix, Arizona from 3-8 January.  Our Meteorology students will all be attending the AMS Student Conference and many will attend the full conference as well.  Presenters include senior Warren Pettee, MS Earth Sciences student Thomas Winesett, and both Professors.  Professors Davenport and Magi will also be recruiting future students at the AMS Career Fair.  GES students and faculty always have a good showi

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Holiday Season Kudos to the Geography and Earth Sciences Graduate Student Organization (GESGO) for their successful launch and completion of Operation Sandwich.

December 22, 2014

Holiday Season Kudos to the Geography and Earth Sciences Graduate Student Organization (GESGO) for their successful launch and completion of Operation Sandwich.  On December 5th, students, staff and faculty of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences gathered to make sandwiches for distribution to the Urban Ministry Center, an organization “dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness” in Charlotte, Mecklenburg  (http://www.urbanministrycenter.org).

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Undergraduate research recognized by international peer-reviewed journal: Christopher Godwin

December 15, 2014

Christopher Godwin, a newly graduated Geography BS student, published his research as lead author in a high-profile international journal Landscape & Urban Planning. The research was completed while Chris worked in Professor Gang Chen's lab. It synergies remote sensing LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and aerial photography to efficiently model landscape-level forest carbon storage in Charlotte at a fine resolution of 20 meters.

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Undergraduate research published in remote sensing peer-reviewed journal: Carolynne Hultquist

December 15, 2014

Carolynne Hultquist, a newly graduated Geography BS student, published her research as lead author in a high-profile international journal Remote Sensing Letters. The research was completed while Carolynne worked in Professor Gang Chen's lab. In the study, high spectral resolution remote sensing, geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA), and machine learning were applied to assess burn severity in a forest environment where trees have suffered from pre-fire disease-caused mortality.

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Department of Geography & Earth Sciences

UNC Charlotte

McEniry 324
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Phone: 704‑687‑5973
Fax: 704‑687‑5966

Department Email: ges@uncc.edu