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The Center for Spatial Studies focuses on promoting spatial thinking and spatial analytics across academia, industry, and government agencies, and across disciplines ranging from the humanities to the physical sciences with a particular focus on novel Spatial Data Science methods and Knowledge Graphs.

The center has expertise in spatiotemporally-explicit machine learning, in the formal representation of spatial phenomena including but not limited to geographic space, knowledge engineering, as well as in methods to improve the publication, retrieval, reuse, and integration of heterogeneous data across domain boundaries.

Following the insight that understanding when and where things happen is key to understanding why they happened or will happen, our vision is to demonstrate how (geographic) space and time act as convergence catalysts to integrate heterogeneous data across domains to answer complex social and scientific questions that cannot be answered from within one domain alone. Our mission is to develop spatially and temporally explicit techniques for the creation, filtering, linkage, synthesis, prediction, and forecasting of information in large-scale, cross-domain data repositories and knowledge graphs.

The center is particularly interested in regional and cultural differences in the conceptualization of geographic space with the ultimate goal of assisting machines to better understand the information needs of an increasingly diverse user base.

Our Vision 2021+
  • Renowned internationally as the leading center of expertise for spatial knowledge graphs
  • Support industry in spatial data science applications
  • Spatially-explicit modeling

This overall vision and mission have been implemented in the organization of the center’s annual outreach and events as illustrated throughout the website.


To meet its mission of accelerating geographic solutions for a better world we will catalyze research, advance education, and deploy geographic data science solutions to our partners and community. 

Your support can provide funding for 

  • Students learning, applying, and developing geographic data science solutions.
  • Summer schools, speaker series, or our podcast (Earth + Humans).
  • Student interns working on community projects
  • Specialist meetings to advance the field of Geographic Data Science
  • Projects that develop or deploy Geographic Data Science methods
  • Training of students underrepresented in data science

To learn more about how your support can make a difference, please contact:

Erin Kozaki
Senior Director of Development
(805) 280-6317


Trisalyn Nelson
Dangermond Chair & Professor, Department of Geography
Director, Center for Spatial Studies

Ways to Give:

By Mail

To make a gift by mail:  make your check out to “UC Santa Barbara Foundation” and mark it “in support of spatial@ucsb.” Please mail your check to:

UC Santa Barbara Foundation

Attn: Erin Kozaki
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2013

If you have questions, please contact Erin Kozaki (erinkozaki@ucsb.edu) and she will be happy to assist you.

By Phone

You may also make a credit card gift by phone by contacting Roxanne Morganstern 805-893-5075.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions that their employees or spouses make. Matching gift programs can double or possibly triple your donation. Please obtain your company’s matching gift form and return it with your contribution.

Wire transfers or gifts of securities (stock)

For information about making a contribution via wire transfer or gifts of securities, please contact Erin Kozaki at 805-280-6317.

Planned Giving/Estate Gifts

For information about making a gift through planned giving vehicles such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, gift annuities, bequests, or other vehicles please visit UC Santa Barbara’s Planned Giving website or contact Ilana Ormond Senior Director, Planned Giving Phone: 805-893-5556. Fax: 805-893-3583. Email: ilana.ormond@ucsb.edu


We offer a sincere thank you for your assistance toward ensuring that our Program continues to be among the strongest in the nation.


Activity Reports

2020 Report899.82 KB
2013 Report232.17 KB
2010 Report77.77 KB

Executive Committee

  • Trisalyn Nelson - Director
  • Somayeh Dodge - Associate Director
  • Alan Murray - Associate Director