Geography

Stained glass from the Geography building at Clark

Research Centers and Resources

George Perkins Marsh Institute

The George Perkins Marsh Institute (GPMI) is an association of research centers concerned with human-environmental relations and their implication for social, cultural, and economic development. In addition to housing the Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library, the GPMI facilitates the interdisciplinary work of the following three research centers:

  • CENTED
    The Center for Technology, Environment, and Development (CENTED), is internationally recognized for its work on environmental risk and hazards, is home to the Greening of Industry Network, and examines land use/land cover change and the human dimensions of global change.
  • Clark Labs
    Clark Labs is a nonprofit research project dedicated to the development of analytical tools for use in geographical research. The IDRISI and CartaLinx software programs are products of Clark Labs with over 25,000 registered users worldwide. Clark Labs maintains International Resource Centers at an increasing number of universities outside the United States, including the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungry, Russia, China, and Costa Rica. IRC's support Clark Labs products and participate in collaborative research directed towards software development and education.
  • Center for Community-Based Development (CCBD)
    The CCBD addresses participatory and gender themes in development, and is associated with both the Graduate School of Geography and the Clark Program for International Development and Social Change. It has a long-established history of research in association with a variety of international development agencies such as USAID.

Guy H. Burnham Map and Aerial Photograph Library

Founded in 1921, the Guy H. Burnham Map and Aerial Photograph Library is an active cartographic information center. The collection contains 230,000 maps, imagery, digital data, GIS and mapping software, atlases, journals, globes, reference materials, and tourist information. As a depository for the U.S. Government Printing Office, the Map Library houses a full array of maps and electronic products published by the federal government.


J. K. Wright Reading Room

The J.K. Wright Reading Room and the Libbey Seminar Room contain regularly updated publications in the field of geography and subscriptions to geography journals. These black serve as a reserve library/reading room for many geography courses.


CoFERT

The Computer Facility for Environmental Research and Teaching (CoFERT) is a facility created by gifts from the Culpeper and Keck Foundations. It supports research in Geography and the Marsh Institute requiring large data sets and advanced computer-based analyses. The lab has a Windows NT server capable of handling a large number of clients. Additional hardware includes Pentium NT workstations and other data input and output peripherals, such as a large format color printer, a flatbed scanner, slide scanner, CD-writers, and large format digitizers.


Geography Computer Lab

The Geography Computer Lab is primarily a teaching lab for such courses as GIS, automated cartography, statistics, and physical geography. The lab has 12 Windows NT workstations and full access over the network to specialized computer equipment in the CoFERT Lab. Software supported includes Idrisi, ArcView, ArcInfo, ERDAS, Delphi, and a variety of products for numerical and statistical analysis.