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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

Niner Nation Weather Display

August 19, 2014

UNC Charlotte meteorology students can now showcase their weather research online and in a new campus display unit in the front lobby of the McEniry building, as a result of meteorology student Warren Pettee’s Charlotte Research Scholars summer project.

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NSF Grant

August 19, 2014

Brian Magi and colleagues from Yale and the University of Oregon were recently notified that their project titled "Collaborative Research: Testing Hypotheses About Fire Using Data Syntheses and Fire Modeling"  was selected for funding by the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences program.  A full abstract is at

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2014 Marvin Collins Planning Award

August 19, 2014

Janni Sorensen and former MA student Dylan McKnight were awarded a 2014 Marvin Collins Planning Award in the Graduate Student Project category for their work on the Reid Park Vision Plan and Dylan’s capstone MA project.  This annual award is given by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and will be received at their annual conference in October.

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Immigration Twitter to follow

August 7, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Paul McDaniel, 2013 graduate of our PhD program in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, (Advisor Dr. Heather Smith) for his recognition by the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) as one of 11 twitter accounts to follow for information about skilled immigration reform. Paul's coverage is included among a prestigious and influential group that includes U.S. Senators and national immigration reporters from The New York Times, POLITICO and AP.

Read more>>Immigration Twitter to follow


Congratulations to Melissa Currie, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis

June 23, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa Currie, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis for her receipt of the Graduate School's 2014-2015 Joanna R. Baker Memorial Graduate Fellowship and for her invitation to attend the 2014 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) PhD Workshop at Harvard University this coming August.

Read more>>Congratulations to Melissa Currie, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis


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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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