Geographic Information Systems
Forested systems are spatial and stochastic. Measurements of a forest taken at various points in time and space and at different scales provide data with which to study these systems. Geographic information systems (GIS) are useful for organizing, viewing, manipulating and analyzing these data to improve our understanding of ecosystem interactions, and address concerns and optimize opportunities in resource management. The goal of this graduate study area is the advancement of our understanding of forested systems in the context of spatial and temporal variability. The Program of Study is determined by the research interests of the student and the guidance of the student’s advisory committee. A partial list of research foci includes:
- Hydrologic resources and water quality protection
- Multiple resource models and management
- Relationships between decision support systems and data accuracy and scale
- Timber inventory and long-term production management
- Wildlife habitat models
Career opportunities for graduates include consulting, industry, academia, and the entire range of governmental institutions.