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The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is comprised of physical, natural and social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our mission is to create, extend and disseminate applied and theoretical scientific knowledge of the Earth’s physical, natural and human systems and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service.  Read more >>

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Professor Brian Magi Talks about Low-Cost Air Pollution Sensors

   September 2, 2021

In a recent interview, Professor Magi described a network of low-cost air pollution sensors in North Carolina that he helped deploy in collaboration with non-profit CleanAIRE NC. The sensors are contributing new data to the network of Environmental Protection Agency regulatory air monitors around the country, and the low-cost sensor data is also helping to amplify community-scale...

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GES Alumna Claire Schuch and PhD student Tonderai Mushipe collaborate on paper

   August 17, 2021

GES Alumna Claire Schuch and PhD student Tonderai Mushipe publish article on perceptions of Charlotte light-rail expansion.

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Elizabeth Delmelle Talks Lower-Wage Jobs in the Suburbs

   July 28, 2021

In the 1960s and '70s, a hypothesis took hold among researchers that African Americans in poor neighborhoods in big cities did not have easy access to low-wage jobs that were quickly moving to the suburbs. It was called spatial mismatch hypothesis. There were transportation challenges and Black families often couldn't move to the suburbs because of...

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Mapping Displacement Risk in Charlotte - Providence Adu

   July 16, 2021

As Charlotte grows rapidly, concerns about gentrification and displacement have become key issues for city government to address. Tracking gentrification and displacement can be challenging, as this process of neighborhood change is slow and takes many forms across space and time. However, when analyzed with viable data sources, areas that are potentially vulnerable to gentrification and...

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Shoemaker talks the future of Charlotte's tree canopy on the "Future Charlotte" podcast

   July 16, 2021

Many Charlotteans enjoy the natural amenity provided by its prominent urban forest, so much so that we've become known as "The City of Trees." However, this lush urban tree canopy is under threat and losing hundreds of acres per year, mostly in residential areas, leaving the City hotter and more prone to flash floods. And because trees are not distributed evenly across...

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Professor Jack Scheff Comments on the Western US Heat Wave

   July 13, 2021

Geography and Earth Sciences professor Jack Scheff explained the factors that have led to record heat in the Pacific Northwest in an article titled "Why the latest Western heat wave will be so oppressive" at https://mashable.com/article/heat-wave-west-us-why-so-hot

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David Hartgen

   July 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. David Hartgen, Professor Emeritus. From 1989 to 2006, Hartgen was Professor of Transportation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While here, he established the University's interdisciplinary transportation studies center and conducted numerous studies of transportation systems throughout the nation. He...

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Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

   June 21, 2021

We have some exciting news to announce. The GES department would like to welcome Dr. Hoover, Dr. Idziorek and Dr. Zuniga to the university starting this fall. 

Dr. Fushcia-Ann Hoover is an interdisciplinary researcher specializing in environmental justice,  urban planning and green infrastructure. Her questions engage the social processes that drive...

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Ahad, Turner Receive Top Graduate Fellowships

   May 19, 2021

Dewan Mohammed Abdul Ahad, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, and Dylan Turner, Ph.D. Geography, each have been awarded the Wayland H. Cato Jr. First-Year Doctoral Fellowship which provides $18,500 plus tuition and insurance beginning in the fall. Recipients of the Cato Award, one of 13 Graduate School donor funded fellowships, also receive tuition and health insurance benefits offered...

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Meteorology students and faculty celebrate Spring 2021

   May 5, 2021

On Sunday May 2nd, the STORM club sponsored an end of semester event for meteorology students and faculty to celebrate another great semester, to honor the graduating seniors, and to give out annual awards.  The event took place at the Alumni Pavilion on campus and of course had great weather!

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