AboutGIS and geospatial mapping are important tools for geographers and any student or researcher examining the location and distribution of people or resources. GIS enables us to examine patterns and processes in just about any field of study in which location is important. The purpose of this site is to share GIS knowledge, tools, and data gained from the experience of instructors, students, and other professionals in the field with the Vassar community and beyond.
Author Archives: Neil Curri
by Rebecca Odell (Geography ’20)
As part of my internship at the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC), my project was to map road quality data from past internships completed by students from Cornell University. When I first started, there was no … Continue reading
Adele Birkenes (Geography, 2020) is working with the Office of Community Engaged Learing (OCEL) this year to support community GIS work, and created this map of CEL placements in and around Poughkeepsie. Alternatively, you can view the larger map or see … Continue reading
By Mariah Caballero (Biology, Geography ’19)
I spent my summer at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine in Spokane, WA. I was collaborating with researchers in the Community Health and Spatial Epidemiology (CHaSE) Lab on a project that … Continue reading
A natural resources inventory (NRI) is a document that catalogues the natural and cultural resources within a given locality (e.g., municipality, watershed, or region). NRIs are used by local leaders to make informed land use decisions. An effective NRI should … Continue reading
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If you want to do a thesis project or independent study that makes a difference, then start by finding out what is needed on campus. It’s … Continue reading
By India Futterman ’19
Emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle that arrived in the United States in packing material from Asia, has officially arrived in Dutchess County. During the summer of 2017, Elise Chessman ‘18 and India Futterman ‘19 … Continue reading
The recent consolidation of the City of Poughkeepsie Transit bus system into Dutchess County Department of Mass Transit’s bus system has been much debated among city leaders, bus system users, and other stakeholders. One of the voices that have engaged in the debate … Continue reading
In this post on Mid-Hudson Currents, the Benjamin Center (at SUNY New Paltz) Blog, Senior Research Associate, Joshua Simons, outlines the geographic and socioeconomic divides in the City of Poughkeepsie through a series of maps. “It is striking how the physical … Continue reading
Students enrolled in GEOG 228 – Web Mapping: Advanced Approaches to Publishing recently completed their final projects for the semester. Students in this course create web maps, map apps, story maps using ArcGIS Online, which offers new opportunities to publicize … Continue reading
Nearly 10,000 solar projects have participated in New York’s open enrollment solar incentive programs over the past 10 years. The data was made publicly available on Open NY, New York States open data portal. (See Environmental Leader’s story about the … Continue reading