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Faculty in the Department of Geography are at the forefront of the discipline's future with projects that literally encompass the whole Earth. By dissolving the boundary between social and physical science we are exploring the human dimensions of global change. Our goal is to better understand the Earth's land surface and the way humans interact with it.

Apply for a Graduate Degree in Geography
MPS in Geospatial Information Sciences Now Being Offered
Two-year Course Planners for Undergraduates and Graduates
Take the 2012 Summer Abroad Course to Croatia! View the Syllabus and pictures from last year
Summer Study Abroad on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat
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Department News

Career Opportunities in the Geography Department
NASA's NPP Satellite Acquires First VIIRS Image
Reuters Visits the Department to Film New Geosimulation Research Laboratory
Department Actively Involved in Successful NPP Mission Launch
Department Plays Important Role in the Development of MODIS
Geography Professors Honored at the 13th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon
Dr. Klaus Hubacek Contributes to a Major Publication on Chinese Emissions Growth
Data produced by the Department of Geography cited in New York Times article on Global Forest Change
Major New Paper on Global Land-Use and Land-cover Change (1500-2100) Published

Department Events

Human Dimensions of Global Change Seminar Series
Human Dimensions of Global Change Seminar Feb. 16


NRC Rankings of US Geography Departments

The Geography Department, University of Maryland College Park, ranked 3rd out of 49 Geography Departments in the 2010 NRC Rankings (see the top ten). This is an outstanding achievement and confirms that Maryland Geography is one of the leading departments in the nation. The assessment also showed that Maryland Geography ranked first in the number of citations, indicating the broad level of recognition for our research publications.

Even more encouraging, is that since 2005/6, when the survey was undertaken, a number of substantive improvements have been made to the Department, including the hire of 2 Full Professors, 3 Assistant Professors, 3 Research Associate Professors and 4 Research Assistant Professors. Both our teaching and research have benefited considerably from these hires and the Department continues to grow from strength to strength. For example, in FY 10 the Department has received $9,092,597 in grant income. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to all our Faculty and Staff for their dedication and continuing commitment to excellence.

Chris Justice
Chair of Department
October 1, 2010


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