UM provides a multi-disciplinary community for GIS research and teaching. The units
at UM collaborate with a wide range of institutions in the state of Tennessee, municipalities,
other states, and federal agencies. GIS community at UM frequently finds opportunity
to interact with colleagues and discuss more applied developments that feed into research
and teaching related activities.
Curriculum development is one of the main areas where multidisciplinary connections
in GIScience are facilitated at UM. The Department of Earth Sciences offers a focus
in Spatial Analysis that builds upon faculty strengths in research, education and
applications development in geographic information science and its related technologies,
including Remote Sensing and Global Positioning System. DES faculty represents UM
as lead delegate at the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
and explores advancing spatial theory and methods with the GIScience community throughout
The spatial analysis research focus teaches students GIScience applications and design
as well as technical aspects of GIScience, including algorithms, data structures,
spatial statistics and field techniques. Students take courses toward GIScience education
mainly in the Department of Earth Sciences, and related other courses in Biology,
and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Research focus areas in these departments
all provide fertile areas for the exploration of spatial analysis tools and theories.
Faculty in each of these departments encourage students with interests in GIScience
to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to their academic program..
Research focus areas throughout the university- all provide fertile areas for the
exploration of spatial analysis tools and theories. Teaching and research lab reflect
how multidisciplinary connections are facilitated at UM. There are a number of research
centers and teaching labs on UM campus that foster multidisciplinary connections.
Research in the Memphis Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (MCASA), CERI, SUAB,
and Groundwater Institute allow for multidisciplinary collaboration in spatial problem
solving. In cooperation with the FedEx Technology Institute, University of Memphis
faculty use the Memphis metropolitan area as well as national and international settings
as a laboratory for their GIScience related research. These connections strengthen
and expand as new faculties on campus become more involved in the on-going activities
and as they introduce new research projects of their own.
The Geographic Information Systems User Group at UM is composed of faculty and staff
representatives from various departments and centers at UM. This cross-fertilization
of backgrounds greatly contributes to successful completion of research grants and
contract projects. The User Group works closely with the University Administration
and the community to improve the service and performance of GIScience activities and
The Geographic Information Systems User Group at UM:
Dr. Esra Ozdenerol
Dr. Brian Waldron
Dr. Roy Van Arsdale
Dr. Arleen Hill
Dr. David Cox
Dr. Hsiang-Te Kung
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.