Prior NCGIA Research Programs
National Center for Geographic Information & Analysis

The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis is an independent research consortium dedicated to basic research and education in geographic information science and its related technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS). The three member institutions are the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University at Buffalo; and the University of Maine. The consortium was formed in 1988 to respond to a competition for funding from the National Science Foundation. The three institutions have functioned independently since 1999, but they come together on a regular basis for cooperative initiatives that promote the original objectives of NCGIA. For more information, visit National Center for Geographic Information & Analysis

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Project Battuta


Principal Investigators:

Sarah Nusser and Les Miller

Iowa State University,

Mike Goodchild and Keith Clarke

University of California, Santa Barbara

Project Battuta was an interdisciplinary research initiative to investigate the potential of emerging technologies and geospatial information resources to bring new functionalities to mobile field data collection. Research projects were undertaken in four main areas:

  • Infrastructure designs to support use of geospatial information in heterogeneous mobile field computing environments
  • Scientific software tools for sampling and conflation in limited field computing environments
  • Wearable computing environments and interface designs
  • Methodological approaches to using and collecting geospatial data in federal statistical surveys

Research was prototyped and explored using a testbed environment. A variety of geospatial data sources were assembled for a small area in Iowa undergoing urban development and experiencing a reduction in wetlands and prime farmland.

The concepts created under Project Battuta were developed with environmental and demographic applications in mind. The infrastructure design readily extends to less structured information gathering settings such as crisis management and law enforcement.

For more information, visit Project Battuta
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Project Varenius


Principal Investigators:

Michael F. Goodchild and Karen K. Kemp

University of California, Santa Barbara

David M. Mark SUNY, Buffalo and Max J. Egenhofer

University of Maine, Orono

Motivated by scientific, technical, and societal concerns, the objective of NCGIA’s Project Varenius was to advance geographic information science through basic research, education, and outreach. The research was aimed to:

  • Serve science and scientists in two ways, focusing on areas in which our knowledge of formalizable geographic concepts is currently incomplete, and contributing to the development and refinement of tools and methods that scientists can use to study geographically distributed phenomena;
  • Provide basic understanding of geographic concepts, which is required for the production of new technologies;
  • Examines the impacts that these technologies have on individuals, organizations, and society, and that other digital technologies have in the context provided by geographic space.

For more information, visit Project Varenius
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Project Gigalopolis


Principal Investigators:

Keith C. Clarke

University of California, Santa Barbara

Gigalopolis is the growing urban structure containing billions of people worldwide. Urban settlements and their connectivity will be the dominant driver of global change during the twenty-first century. Intensely impacting land, atmospheric, and hydrologic resources, urban dynamics has now surpassed the regional scale of megalopolis and is now considered a continental and global-scale phenomenon.

Developed by Keith C. Clarke, Project Gigalopolis extended and refined the Clarke urban growth model, enabling predictions at regional, continental and eventually global scales. This work began through sponsorship from the United States Geological Survey’s Urban Dynamics program, and continued under the NSF-funded Urban Research Initiative.

For more information, visit Project Gigalopolis

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NCGIA Publications & Products

NCGIA Education

National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation

Strategic Enhancement of NGA’s Geographic Information Science Infrastructure

Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation Analysis Laboratory