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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.

Latest News

CAGIS news

September 21, 2015

CAGIS is pleased to announce that they are receiving a new award “Healthy Wells” from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the NC Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. The award for the “Health Wells” project is in total $666,665 for five years (UNCC part: $294,449).

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Earth Matters - Spring 2015 Department Newsletter

June 9, 2015

The department started a newsletter in the spring.  We hope this will a biannual newsletter. Click the link to download Earth Matters - Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Butterflies take flight with urban reintroduction program

May 26, 2015

Monarchs, long missing from his Druid Hills neighborhood, are attracted to flowers planted last month as part of the Butterfly Highway, a project launched by UNC Charlotte graduate student Angelique Hjarding. The program monitors butterflies and other natural pollinators to increase biological diversity in underserved communities.

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Warren Pettee awarded funding to attend Unidata User's Workshop

May 22, 2015

Warren Pettee, who finished his Meteorology degree in May and will be continuing at UNC Charlotte in the Earth Sciences MS program in the Fall, received full travel funding to attend the 2015 Unidata User's Workshop ( in Boulder, Colorado, in June 2015.  Warren has spear-headed many efforts at UNC Charlotte related to using and visualizing the massive amounts of data available for weather forecasting - see for examples. 

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AAG Group News

May 14, 2015

Following AAG, Elizabeth Delmelle was elected as the chair of the Transportation Specialty Group, and Eric Delmelle was elected vice-chair of the Health Geography Specialty Group.  Congrats to both of you.

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Upcoming Events

Erin Hestir
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
McEniry 116

Mai'ikwe Ludwig
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
McEniry 116

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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

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