About Facilities - Overview


Physical Geography Learning Lab

The Physical Geography Learning Laboratory (PGLL), which was officially opened in January 2015, offers a unique and engaging learning environment for students taking Physical Geography courses. The PGLL is an innovative facility providing integrated local field and lab experiences for students to better understand the natural environment, human impacts on the environment, and supports the development of critical skills necessary for a variety of careers and graduate studies. The facility provides students the opportunity to gain technical skills across a range of physical geography sub-disciplines including hydrology, geomorphology, climatology, environmental change, paleolimnology and aquatic ecosystems. The laboratory has been designed to enhance both traditional teaching methods as well as opportunities for hands-on experiential learning with large datasets, equipment, workbench space, water and power infrastructure. The laboratory is used by undergraduate students completing physical geography courses, design, construction and analysis of student research projects and undergraduate theses, as well as a variety of graduate courses.

Room 1302 SSC
Lab Technician: Erika Hill

Research Labs

Computational Geomorphology Lab

Directors: Dr. Adam Yates and Dr. Marco Van De Wiel

Room 2424 SSC

The computational geomorphology lab (CGL) provides high-end computer stations for modelling, simulation, spatial data analysis, statistical data analysis, and data visualization. Research activities are focussed on landscape evolution, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, catchment analysis, and aquatic ecosystem assessment.

The CGL contains 3 Tesla GPU computer systems for high-performance parallel computation, and 5 additional workstations for scientific computing. Software available in the lab includes ArcGIS, SigmaPlot, SPSS, Surfer, Matlab, Telemac 2D/3D, CAESAR, MS Visual Studio, Intel Parallel Studio, PGI Fortran.

The use of the CGL is available to graduate students doing research involving numerical simulation, and students working with Dr. Yates or Dr. Van De Wiel.

Environmental Fluorescence Lab

Director: Dr. Chris Smart

Room 1302A 661-2111 Ext. 85007

Environmental Hazards and Health Lab

Director: Dr. Isaac Luginaah

Room 1424  661-2111 Ext. 82818

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Fluvial Geomorphology Lab

Director: Dr. Peter Ashmore

Room 1418  661-2111 Ext. 82821

Geographic Information Technology & Applications Lab

Director: Dr. Jinfei Wang

Room 2430  661-2111  Ext. 80269

Human Environments Analysis Lab

Director: Dr. Jason Gilliland

Room 1428  661-2111 Ext. 82817
Room 1410  661-2111 Ext. 80963

Hydrology Lab

Director: Dr. C. Chris Smart

Room 3254B  661-2111 Ext. 85007

Indigenous Health Lab

Director: Dr. Chantelle Richmond

Room 3254B  661-2111 Ext. 85324West


Lake and Reservoir System (LARS) Research Facility

Director: Dr. Katrina Moser

Room 1314  661-2111 Ext. 82819



Director: Dr. Micha Pazner

Room 2410  661-2111 Ext. 81469

Surface Climates Lab

Director: Dr. James Voogt

Room 1413   661-2111 Ext. 85018

Computing Facilities

Geographic Information Systems Lab (GISCI)

The use of this micro computing laboratory is restricted to students registered in specific Geography courses, graduate students and faculty. The GIS lab is open year round with 24 hour card swipe access.

The GISCI lab contains 26 Pentium IV computers, high speed B/W and colour printers and scanners and a projection system.

Software available in the lab includes ESRI ArcGIS, PCI Geomatics, Idrisi, MS-Office, Photoshop and CorelDraw.

Room 1316
Director: Dr. Micha Pazner
661-2111 Ext. 81469

Graduate Computing Lab

The use of this micro computing laboratory is restricted to graduate students and departmental personnel only.

The Graduate Lab contains ten (10) Pentium IV computers, a high speed B/W printer, document scanner and a slide scanner.

Software available in the lab includes ESRI ArcGIS, Idrisi, PCI Geomatics, ENVI, eCognition, MS-Office and Photoshop.

Room 2406

Spatial Data Analysis Lab (SDAL)

The use of this micro computing laboratory is restricted to students registered in specific Geography courses, graduate students and faculty. The SDAL lab is open year-round with 24-hour card swipe access.

Software available in the lab includes ESRI ArcGIS, PCI Geomatics, Idrisi, MS-Office and Photoshop.

Room 2430
Director: Dr. Jinfei Wang
661-2111 Ext. 80269

GIS and Spatial Modelling Facility

This micro computing facility is located in the Map Library and is used for geospatial data access, analysis, and visualization using GIS technology, as well as for spatial statistical modeling and remote sensing research. The facility is available to students, staff and faculty.

Facilities include 4 high-end PCs with Xeon processors, 2 colour scanners, a colour printer, and a 42" plasma monitor.

Software available in the lab includes ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (including all extensions), ArcIMS, Idrisi, PCI Geomatica (incl. OrthoEngine, EASI, PCI Modeller), ENVI, FME, SAS, SPSS, GeoPinpoint Suite, Beyond 2020, Photoshop, Illustrator.

Room 2208
Director: Kathy Tang
661-2111 Ext. 85014

Cartographic Section

The Cartographic Section provides custom maps and illustrations, primarily to support departmental research using a variety of cartographic, GIS and illustration software. Graduate students also benefit from this resource through annual seminars and personal consultations with the staff on such subjects as cartographic methodologies, design issues, computer file formats, and mapping software.

Room 2217
Cartographic Specialist: Karen Van Kerkoerle
661-2111 Ext. 82878