GIScience at UM
University of Memphis is the premier research university in Tennessee characterized
by robust research programs and a diverse student body. Geographic Information Science
is an integral part of numerous activities on our campus. Geographic Information Science(Advanced
GIScience Showcase) is one of the seven major research areas that will take place
in the new FedEx Technology Center.
Several departments and research centers have particularly interesting and noteworthy
applications of GIS. They include the Department of Earth Sciences, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Ground water Institute, SUAP, and CERI.
The University of Memphis first started using geographic information systems (GIS)
software in 1991 with its purchase of Arc/Info workstation (ESRI) by the Ground Water
Institute. The Institute, housed in the Herff College of Engineering, had three seat
licenses running on SUN Unix systems. The GIS software was used for investigating
ground-water resources within the Mid-South and mapping and planning purposes for
the City of Memphis, City of Germantown, and Town of Collierville.
We have come a long way since then. The University of Memphis picked up the site license
agreement with ESRI in 1998 and has demonstrated support of GIS technology through
continued acquisition of hardware, software, and personnel in many academic units.
As a result, additional departments are becoming interested in GIScience at UM, new
faculty are undertaking research, and more students are turning to GIScience as a
major area of study from a variety of disciplines such as Earth Sciences, Planning
and Civil Engineering.
UCGIS Home Page
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit
organization of universities and other research institutions dedicated to advancing
our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved
theory, methods, technology, and data.