The Department of Geography works closely with Social Sciences Computing to
provide students, faculty and staff state-of-the-art computing resources and
GIS / Research Lab
Regional Environmental Assessment Laboratory and Geographic Information System (REAL/GIS), a component
of Institute of the Environment, is an advanced computer unit and a teaching lab housed in Geography.
State-of-the-art Intel hardware, funded by a $700,000 donation from Intel, provides a full range of
geographical information science tools to students.
The Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives
The Spence Collection and the Fairchild Aerial Surveys, two of the finest and most
extensive oblique aerial photograph collections of California, are housed in the Air
Photo Archives in the Department of Geography. The archive is an invaluable
historical record and extremely useful for visually documenting changes
in the social and natural environment of Los Angeles as well as in neighboring
counties. Because the photographs are oblique (taken at an angle instead of straight
down) they provide a very descriptive view allowing easier determination of how
property was used over the years. For more information, contact Airphoto Archives at
Facilities are relatively extensive and consist of four rooms with full facilities for pollen and plant
macrofossil processing and analysis, tree-ring analysis and elementary sedimentological analysis. Field
equipment includes livingstone and hiller sediment corers, tree-ring corers and chainsaws, GPS, radios, and
misc. field camp supplies. For more information, contact
Principal Investigator Glen MacDonald.
The Geography Department runs a lab exclusively for the graduate students of the Geography Department. The
lab is equipped with fast computers and has the full ArcGIS suite installead as well as ENVI. Other GIS
applications are constantly being evaluated and put on the grad lab computers.