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Computer Lab Facilities

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Computer Lab Facilities Overview

The Department maintains three high performance computing labs. These labs are located on the 3rd (ES307) and 4th (ES407 & ES415) floors of the Earth Science building and are primarily used in lab and lecture instruction for GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Hydrology, Landscape Ecology, and Spatial Statistics. The ES415 computer lab is primarily for MGIS (Masters of GIS program) graduate students.

Please note that labs must be booked by faculty members.

The computer lab located in ES 307 has 24 available seats for student learning. The courses that primarily use this lab are undergraduate GIS, remote sensing and cartography.

The computer lab located in ES 407 has 26 available seats for student learning. The courses that primarily use this lab are undergraduate and graduate level GIS, remote sensing, hydrology, and Spatial Ecology.

The MGIS computer lab has 24 dedicated machines for use by MGIS and graduate students only. Courses that are generally taught in this lab include Spatial Statistics, Advanced GIS and RS, and Programming.


The Department is host to state-of-the-art software packages in GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography, and Statistics. Refer to the full suite of software applications that we currently deploy in our computer labs below.



GME (Geospatial Modelling Environment)
postgreSQL + PostGIS
PCI Geomatica



FME Desktop
Rapid Miner
GPS Utility
Google Earth Pro
Adobe Illustrator



Office PyScriptor
Visual Studio
JDK & Netbeans


S-Plus, S-Plus Spatial Stats


  • Adam McLane - RS/GIS Analyst, Computer labs
  • Bart Hulshof - GIS/RS Specialist, Computer labs
  • Alex Choi – Geography Department general hardware and software support

Geography Collections Room

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Geography Collections Room Overview

ES 457

The Collections Room is a resource centre and a location for reading, studying, or  doing group work

View our large collection of atlases, air photos, topographic maps of Alberta and Canada (NTS), and other maps from around the world, as well as geographical reference and course materials. More than 20,000 maps are stored in large map cabinets and in wall map format, complementing those in the Maps and Air Photo Library section of the main library on campus. Teaching sets and visual aids are made available to course and laboratory instructors. Many journal titles, books, course and laboratory material, Geography graduate theses, proposals and projects are also available for viewing.


Have questions about the Collections Room, available resources, or D2L support?

Physical Geography / Soil / Weather / Geography Instrumentation Support

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University Weather Research Station

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University Weather Research Station Overview

One of the most important services provided by the Geography Department is the servicing and maintenance of the University Weather Research Station which is housed in a separate building located on the west side of the University of Calgary campus. It has been in operation since the early 1960s and has continued to grow in its function. Today the station collects and stores almost a million bytes of raw data every day, 365 days a year. This data includes twice-daily manual observations of cloud cover, present and past weather conditions, visibility, precipitation, evaporation, ground condition and snow depth. Also recorded are one minute values of seven depths of soil temperature, three levels of air temperature, relative humidity, wind data, incoming and outgoing short, long and PAR  bandwidth radiation, ground heat flux, soil moisture, pressure and precipitation.

 In addition, the University Weather Research Station has a wide selection of other equipment used for special research projects and field work including radiosonde equipment, nuclear soil moisture probe, snow and soil sampling equipment and hydrology equipment. The station provides a hands on teaching facility for students in and out of the University community, and also provides processed data to everyone from the Atmospheric Environment Service to the general public. This data may vary from the present atmospheric pressure to climatological and meteorological maps and charts used in forecasting and scientific studies.


Student Societies

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The Palliser Club

The Palliser Club is the Undergraduate Society for Geography majors. Undergraduates may join the Palliser Club, named for Captain John Palliser, an Alberta surveyor and one of the many famous geographers in Southern Alberta. The Palliser Club offers many services to undergraduates, from presentations to exam banks. Many social activities take place throughout the year, including hikes, ski trips and parties. Activities are the responsibility of the students themselves. The Palliser Club is run by an elected student executive.

Contact the Palliser Club at:

Twitter:  @Palliserclub

Earth Science Building, Room 450

Urban CSA

Urban Calgary Students’ Association is a student led organization originating from the University of Calgary. The objectives of UrbanCSA are to engage students on urban issues (especially those faced by Calgarians), and to bridge the gap between the student, the citizen, and the professional. UrbanCSA runs monthly speaker sessions, tours, academic workshops and more casual events. The association provides members with the opportunity to meet similarly interested students and citizens, and supplement their degree with experience outside of regular academic activities. The Urban CSA is run by an elected student executive.

Contact the Urban CSA at:


Earth Science Building, Room 916

Geography Graduate Students Association (GeoGSA)

GeoGSA (Geography Graduate Student Association) is a Departmental Student Association for graduate students in the Department of Geography. It is affiliated to the University of Calgary GSA.

GeoGSA is the representative for all Geography graduate students at the department level (attending Faculty meetings and regularly meet with Department faculty and staff on students’ behalf), and at the university level (attending monthly Graduate Representative Council meetings with the GSA, and communicating to the GSA and other university representatives on your behalf).

GeoGSA plans events to foster a sense of community and collaboration in the Department, as well as to enrich the student experience. GeoGSA also shares information on events, workshops and other things happening around campus or the greater community that might interest students.

Technical Support

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General computer hardware/software support

Do you have a general computer hardware or software issue? Common requests include eID accounts, email, network and wireless, D2L, antivirus, webdisk, and software training.

Geography students have access to all these services at the University of Calgary's IT Support Centre. There are three main ways to access these services:

Need help in one of the Geography computing labs?

The Geography Department technicians provide a wide variety of specialized support services, from graphic art to lab material development and support.


  • Adam McLane - RS/GIS Analyst, Computer labs
  • Bart Hulshof - GIS/RS Specialist, Computer labs
  • Robin Poitras – Cartographer, Graphic Design, Posters
  • Alex Choi – Geography Department general hardware and software support

Policies and Procedures

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