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.
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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
Renewable Highlands is working to help transition the Hudson Highlands region towards environmentally conscious energy consumption by informing local municipalities of the benefits of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and asking for their support. With enough municipalities involved, Renewable Highlands will provide assistance in obtaining … Continue reading
Students in GEOG/ESCI 220 (Cartography: Making Maps with GIS) presented their final projects last week using their cartographic and analytical skills to map features and phenomena ranging from cash crops in Africa to sea level rise in the US to … Continue reading
By Katherine Giesa
Urban Studies ’16
Over the summer I made a series of maps for Hudson River Housing (HRH), an organization working to encourage home ownership and provide affordable housing options for residents of the Hudson Valley. This work was completed … Continue reading
By Ellie Opdahl
Research and Restoration Post Baccalaureate Fellow, VCEE Co-op
Beginning this fall, the South wing of the historic cow barns located on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP) will begin to be renovated as headquarters for a greater conservation … Continue reading
During the summer of 2015, students participating in two different URSI projects gained experience using GIS and GPS as an integral part of their work. These projects demonstrate some of the range of applications to which geospatial technologies can be applied to assist faculty … Continue reading