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.
As front-line researchers and educators, we are dedicated to deploying the power of:
- 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 innovative undergraduate programs – minors in GIS and Sustainability Science, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, and Spatial Studies and majors in GeoDesign and Global GeoDesign – masters programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology, Spatial Data Science, and Spatial Economics and Data Analysis, and doctoral programs in 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
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