Spatial Innovation in Geography, Environment, and Society

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Welcome to the Spatial Innovation Lab (SIL) of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at University of Minnesota. We are home to dozens of researchers who focus on developing new data, methods, and theories in spatial science.

Interest in spatial thinking and approaches is fast increasing. Billions of people use spatial technologies such as Google Maps, GPS, and satellite remote sensing to discover the world. Spatial scientists recognize the spatiotemporal nature of people, places, and processes through concepts such as location, space, scale, and distance.

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Society is just one of many homes to spatial science on campus - check out USpatial for other departments and resources.

October 2019: Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois wins two student poster awards for “Visually Linking Azerbaijan’s Social Inequality & Environmental Vulnerability" and "Where are 'Human Rights' positioned within the Environment? A Closer Look at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)”​ at the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (WLDAAG) 2019 Annual Meeting.