Delivering accurate and up-to-date services revolves around knowing where people and resources reside. Solving spatial problems requires human expertise, access to relevant information, necessary infrastructure, analysis techniques and appropriate communication and delivery mechanisms. GIS and Spatial Analysis skill sets are crucial for today’s society and have many uses ranging from emergency management and other city services, business location and retail analysis, transportation modeling, crime and disease mapping, and natural resource management. In addition, decisions that are made utilizing GIS and spatial analysis have important social implications for the people affected by them.
Learning the tools and methods for the management and analysis of geographic information is the core of GIS and Spatial Analysis (GIS-SA) in Geography at Ohio State. Substantive areas include computer and web-enabled mapping, exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial statistics, spatial decision support, spatial database fundamentals, and societal aspects of GIS.
Students in this specialization will receive extensive exposure to GIS and Spatial Analysis software. Hands-on experience in questions of interest to the student is an important part of the curriculum.
The following table provides an overview of the major themes of teaching and research in the GIS & Spatial Analysis specialization, along with the names of faculty associated with these themes. However, this list is far from exhaustive. Faculty draw from a variety of subjects within and across specializations to develop their unique research interests. Click a faculty's name below for his or her specific interests. On the following page, click on the faculty's name for his or her website.
|GIS & GeoVisualization|
|Geocomputation||Ahlqvist, O'Kelly, Sui, Xiao|
|Spatial decision support systems & GIS development||O'Kelly, Sui, Xiao|
|Uncertainty & semantics||Ahlqvist, Liu, Xiao|
|Qualitative & critical GIS||Ahlqvist, Sui|
|Volunteered Geographic Information & Social Media||Ahlqvist, Sui|
|Spatial & location analysis|
|Service location models||O'Kelly|
|Spatial interaction||O'Kelly, Sui|
|Spatial statistics||Liu, Munroe, Sui|
|Urban, regional, & natural resource planning & development||Liu, Munroe, Sui, Xiao|
|Applications of quantitative methods for addressing issues in telecommunications, sustainability, & assessing patterns of criminal activity||Liu, O'Kelly, Sui,|
|Representing space in location models||Xiao|
|Spatial optimization||O'Kelly, Xiao|
|Space-time human activities & transportation|
|Gender/ethnic issues in transportation|
|Activity patterns, travel behavior & accessibility||O'Kelly|
|Information & communication technologies & geographies of everyday life||Sui,|
|Network analysis & design||O'Kelly, Sui, Xiao|
|Environmental modeling||Liu, Munroe, Sui, Xiao|
|Land-use & land-cover change||Ahlqvist, Liu, Munroe, Sui, Xiao|
|Remote sensing of the environment||Ahlqvist, Liu, Munroe, Xiao|
|Environmental valuation||Munroe, Sui|
|Environmental health||Liu, Mansfield, Munroe|