The Department of Geosciences has a strong research emphasis in geoinformatics (geospatial science and technology) with five departmental faculty (Aly, Cothren, Limp, Shi, Tullis) specifically focused on this research area - along with collaborators across campus and at other institutions. Specific areas currently under active research include:

  • Integration of synthetic aperture radar Interferometry (InSAR), GPS and GIS to assess, monitor, and model geothermal processes and geohazards such as active volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and ground subsidence
  • High performance geocomputation, spatial data mining, and Internet GIS
  • Remote sensing and GIS-assisted decision support in landscape health
  • Sensor modeling and 3D extraction from multiple airborne, UAS and satellite sensors
  • Provenance interchange in GIS to accelerate the development of and access to high quality geospatial workflows
  • Forest biophysical remote sensing based on in situ, optical and LIDAR sources
  • Strategies for representation, display analysis and dissemination of complex heritage spatial data from field investigations
  • Spatial econometrics and GIS applications in business
  • Spatial-temporal analyses of social and business networks
  • Applications of terrestrial and airborne 3D reality capture (photogrammetry, laser scanning, etc.)
  • Computational strategies for the archival preservation and dissemination of spatial and collateral data

The departmental faculty have close research linkages with the more than one dozen full-time researchers at at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and utilize the extensive field and laboratory research instrumentation and hardware software capabilities of that center. Click here for more details.  Faculty research is also closely linked with the U of A High-Performance Computing center. The Geosciences geoinformatics faculty have a strong record of extra-mural research with more than $15.8M in research funding awarded over the last  five years (2010-2015) from sources including NSF, NASA, USGS, DOD, DOJ, DHS, DOI, state agencies and others. Representative recent and current projects include NSF 919870, 1321443, 1519660, 1416509.NPS JACS-2013, JACS-2015, NASA NNH09ZDA001N-SAP, USGS AmericaView, NIH 1R21CA182874-01