UD geography students are using high-resolution satellite images to update geographic maps of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Department of
Geography &
Spatial Sciences


The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) has nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are engaged in cutting-edge research and offer exciting educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

GSS provides a unique perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment. In the Department, students examine the physical properties of the natural environment and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making have in shaping the world around us.

Mapping competition

2022 Student Competition for Geospatial Data Visualization and Map Design

The results for the 2022 Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and the UD Data Science Institute's university-wide competition for achievements in the art and science of mapping geospatial data have been announced! Click below for winner details and galleries.


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Students and instructor in a geospatial mapping class
Student looking at laptop


GIScience & Environmental Data Analytics major

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the analysis and mapping of large geospatial data sets to better understand the world around us. GIScience allows us to harness the large amounts of data being collected today for the betterment of the environment and society. This major will help you develop in-demand skills, including managing and using large geospatial and environmental data sets, finding meaningful patterns in them, representing their complexity in graphs and tables, and distilling and presenting the coherent and logical stories they tell.

GIScience  major


Crop switching

Enhancing China’s environmental sustainability and farmer incomes

Notable geographer

Lindsay Naylor named fellow for the American Association of Geographers

Global land rush

UD professors examine how foreign land investments impact biodiversity across the planet

Understanding where things happen, and why

UD faculty and staff spread geography awareness throughout Delaware

For the Record, Jan. 13, 2023

University community reports recent presentations, publications and appointments



 UD student Rebecca King toured one of Russia’s cathedrals.

Senior geography and Russian double major Rebecca King becomes first UD student to receive Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Award.



Resource Governance and Climate after COVID: Social Justice Challenges

Anthony (Tony) Bebbington, Ph.D., presented the 2021 John R. Mather Lecture on Dec. 2nd. Dr. Bebbington is the International Program Director for Natural Resources and Climate Change at the Ford Foundation.

Anthony (Tony) Bebbington, Ph.D., presents the 2021 John R. Mather Lecture: youtube.com/watch?v=EibF0Y-MW1k