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
Computational Geomorphology Lab
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director: Kathy Tang
661-2111 Ext. 85014
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.
Cartographic Specialist: Karen Van Kerkoerle
661-2111 Ext. 82878