Creating a better world

We see the world differently: we view it through a spatial lens and use “where” to help address global challenges. As the hub of spatial thinking and analysis at USC, we partner with researchers, businesses, non-profits, NGOs, and other entities to analyze, model, and visualize location-based data. Our internationally-recognized faculty contribute to the rapidly-evolving body of geospatial knowledge. Through our innovative academic programs, we develop the next generation of spatial thinkers, empowering them with capabilities to solve real-world issues.

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Where urban tree canopies and environmental justice meet

Researchers use grant to enhance greenery, cool cities, & address inequities.

Rates of food insecurity in US may be higher than surveys suggest

according to new USC Dornsife study

Being an Eco-Minimalist

SSI’s Robert Vos gives lifestyle tips

USC awarded $8.8M for sustainability research initiatives

SSI is proud to be part of the USC Urban Trees Initiative

New global security master’s degree program

holistic approach to preparing students for tomorrow’s threats

Esri Student Poster Competition

preparing the next generation of geospatial professionals at the Geospatial Summit

Empowering the next generation of spatial thinkers

Preparing SSI students to solve real-world problems

SSI alum Nick Foster

embarks on a sea-bound voyage, mapping the ocean’s floor

Congrats to the ’21-’22 Geodesign Fellows

Honors student team will support MWD’s energy sustainability plan

Bringing Health Solutions to Underserved LA

USC, Children’s Hospital, and LA County Health Service's Landmark Collaboration

Esri's Prestigious Prize

SSI undergrad Cameron Levine wins the Discovery Scholar Award

90,000 Trees For LA

SSI's John Wilson leads the USC Urban Trees Initiative

Spatial sciences student maps

New York City’s successful move to outdoor dining

Geolocating Fossils

SSI’s Kristiane Hill revolutionizes fossil recovery at the La Brea Tar Pits

Using Drones to Improve Wildfire Response

SSI’s Jason Knowles leads innovations in use of UAS imagery

Creating an Urban Forest in LA’s Eastside

SSI is USC’s project lead in Green New Deal partnership

Mapping for Humanitarian Causes

SSI students participate in annual mapathon for HOTOSM

More LA County residents are hungry during the pandemic

SSI researchers contribute to ongoing study

John Wilson & Kenan Li named COVID-19 Geospatial Fellows

NSF consortium program supports pandemic research and education

USGIF’s 2020 GEOINTegration Summit

SSI Faculty and Students contribute to the analysis of GEOINT’s Renaissance

Continuing a Lifetime of Service

Steven D. Fleming receives the USGIF Distinguished Academic Service Award

SSI researchers study COVID-19 food insecurity

8% of LA residents struggling to afford food

USC Awarded Designation

as an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

A Dual Career in Music

Makes USC’s Robert Vos a Better Professor

CONGRATS to the ’20-’21 Geodesign Fellows

SSI’s Robert Vos wins

2019 Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition

SSI Launches

B.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

Real-Life Problem Solving

M.S. HSGI Students Publish Article on Capstone Project Findings

On the World GEOINT Stage

Steve Fleming speaks at the 2020 Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference