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About GIS at WM

About the Center for Geospatial Analysis

GPS Data CollectionThe Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) is a trans-disciplinary GIS program at William and Mary. The CGA offers undergraduate GIS classes in Geology, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Health Science, Public Policy, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Biology as well as offering marine science graduate instruction at VIMS. The CGA employs two full-time faculty members with expertise in GIS and Remote Sensing and one support person. It supports numerous competitive grants and employs between 3-10 grant staff and 2-5 students at any given time. The CGA partners with other GIS faculty across campus including Dr. Leu (geostatistics, ecology, biology), Dr. Hamilton (geography, LCLUC, lidar, deforestation), Dr. Hancock (geology, river processes, erosion), Dr. Hendrix (government, peace studies) and numerous other faculty and staff that incorporate GIS into their research and teaching. We have a 14-seat GIS lab housed in a 2000ft2 purpose built teaching and researching facility housed within Swem Library. We provide access to all common GIS & RS software packages as well as providing support for those who prefer to utilize open-source alternatives. We have a server structure comprising of four front-end GIS web servers, 2 database servers (Oracle and Microsoft SQL) totaling 20TB of available GIS storage, and GIS equipment such as large map plotters and large format scanners. The CGA is a partner of VGIN and distributes their GIS holdings. The CGA is supported with grants from Mellon, NSF, and internal awards.