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The consulting service offers the following types of services. If your project will take longer than 240 hours or requires specialties outside the experience of our consultants we will refer to one of several research labs on campus or external vendors who will be better able to handle your project needs.

I. Cartography and Visualization:

The consulting service provides comprehensive support in cartography and visualization, including the production of traditional paper maps, 3D visualization, web mapping, and other cartographic and visualization methods.

II. Remote Sensing Data Preparation and Analysis:

The consulting service provides assistance with locating, processing, and interpreting remotely sensed data, including aerial photography, multi- and hyper-spectral satellite data, and LIDAR data.

III. Spatial Statistics and Analysis:

Spatial statistics differ from classical statistics, largely because spatial observations are rarely independent, which is a central assumption of classical statistics. Rigorous analysis of spatial data requires a different set of statistical tests. The consulting service can help you identify which test is appropriate for your data and can perform these tests.

IV. GIS Database Development and Design:

Sound data management is critical for most research projects, and this is particularly true for projects with geospatial components, since such projects generally involve large volumes and varieties of data. As with any database, spatial databases need to be designed, populated, maintained, updated, evaluated, and improved over time. Unlike most databases, however, spatial databases require proficiency with GIS and related technologies in order to perform these activities. The consulting service can provide
geospatial database support, and in cases where databases need to be populated, the consultants can identify and direct clients to secondary spatial data sources.

V. 3D Visualizations and Spatial Modeling:

3D visualizations and spatial modeling can improve communications and benefits researchers in a variety of fields, allowing viewers to explore different scenarios as if they were real. The consulting service can create 3D visualizations and spatial models to meet your needs.

VI. Preparation and Analysis of Field Data:

With the increasing availability and decreasing cost of high accuracy GPS technologies, many researchers are now recording location information for their field measurements so that their data sets can be analyzed spatially. Although recording location is often straightforward, it is often far less straigtforward to use this information, due to the data manipulation and technologies that are often required. The consulting service provides support to researchers that need assistance in incorporating spatial data from the field into their analysis.

VII. Decision Support Tools:

In many instances, applied research in regional science (urban and environmental planning, transportation planning, economic geography) and other fields calls for the development of decision support tools. Such tools are particularly useful when projections based on landscape-scale processes are necessary in order to make informed decisions. Although many researchers may have the conceptual background to build decision support tools, implementation can become difficult if the tool is to provide meaningful insight in a specific context. In most cases, advanced GIS knowledge, including GIS programming, is necessary to implement landscape-based decision support tools. The consulting service will provide the expertise necessary to help researchers implement landscape-scale decision support tools.

VIII. Short Courses and Instructional Modules:

Whether preparing for summer field research or organizing a workshop, it is often necessary, particularly in a research environment, to train a group of people on some specific set of skills to accomplish a task. In the geospatial arena, such tasks could include properly taking GPS points in the field, high-quality digitization of paper maps, or geo-registering a set of remotely sensed images. The consulting service can develop custom instructional materials for short courses, workshops, and other types of training sessions.

1. Short courses/Workshops Short courses to inform clients with readily available resources such as open source toolkits (QGIS, R, PostGIS etc), general instructions for using GPS devices and downloading acquired data will be offered. Additionally, short term workshops can be setup to guide the campus community when they are setting up projects that involve geographic research components (concepts, methods, technical applications etc).

2. Studio/Seminar Courses Formal courses will be structured for current students to share consulting experiences, up-to-date applications, and educational material that could further enrich geographical education on campus through graduate studio courses and seminar courses on geographic topics.