At the Spatial Sciences Institute’s 2010 inaugural address, Esri founder Jack Dangermond articulated the importance of approaching the world through the spatial lens. He said,
Today our world has a lot of problems to solve that we face in almost every discipline — environmental climate change, designing more livable cities, ending poverty and hunger — almost all of it has to do with a spatial dimension.
The power and importance of spatial thinking – the ability to understand the connections between place and space – is what the USC Spatial Sciences Institute is all about.
As faculty, researchers, and students, we are dedicated to this science of “where”:
- people, place, and time;
- information as maps;
- environmental sustainability and human well-being; and
- actionable research and informed decision-making.
We collaborate with a cross-cutting array of researchers, businesses, non-profits, NGOs, and other entities from a wide range of disciplines and industries to analyze, model, and visualize location-based data. Through our unique Spatial Studies and GeoDesign undergraduate programs and graduate programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology, Spatial Informatics, Spatial Analytics, and Population, Health & Place, we develop the next generation of spatial thinkers, empowering them with capabilities to help address global challenges. Members of our internationally-recognized faculty contribute to the rapidly-evolving body of geospatial knowledge.
Join with us as we plumb the depths of data to bring out the compelling stories in search of solutions, answers, and decisions for a more sustainable and healthy planet.
With kind regards,
John P. Wilson
Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, GIS Research Laboratory, and Geographic Information Science & Technology Graduate Programs
Co-Director, Measurement and Modeling Core, Southern California Health Sciences Research Center
Professor, Department of Sociology, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; School of Architecture; and Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Computer Science, Viterbi School of Engineering
Visiting Professor, Institute for Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Editor, Transactions in GIS