GIS Day Podcast including guests Rick Lawson and Frank
Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even all of them).
As I have mentioned before, I see Geography as a series of relationships and as we look back through the history of Geography we see three main areas that we can use as umbrellas for the broad aspects of Geography: cartography, human geography and physical geography. Physical Geography covers the relationships within the environment around us, a broad area to be sure, but an important one in our daily lives.
This week we will be taking a look at five broad areas within Geography, beginning today with Physical Geography with the rest of the week as:
Tuesday – Human Geography
Wednesday – GIS Day complete with podcast
Thursday – Cartography
Friday – A round-up of the myriad of topics that we won’t be covering
We will have the first up later today.
I can file this under “new to me”. The government is taking full advantage of many of the geospatial tools that are out there. The newest that I have come across is the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination).
This site is a gateway to a standard ArcIMS viewer for viewing the locations of current wildfires. It seems to be a partnership between most of the land holding agencies in the governement for the US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture.
The Canadian Association of Geographers is the main professional organization for Geographers from the public and private sectors in Canada. They are active in disseminating geographic research and promoting geographic education. They have 14 study groups that focus on specific areas ranging from marine studies to diversity and 5 regional divisions. Annual membership includes 4 issues of The Canadian Geographer and 6 issues of the newsletter all for the first time member price of $84 and student price of $45 (all prices Canadian dollars).
The CAG holds an annual meeting in the late spring, apparently on the same dates, May 29 to June 2. The next meeting will be in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Check out the web page to find out more
The International Geographical Union is an academic organization intended to overcome the national and regional divides between geographers. They host an International Geographical Congress every 4 years, the last was Glasgow, Scotland in August 2004, with regional and topical conferences between.
In there own words:
The International Geographical Union has the following aims:
- to promote the study of geographical problems;
- to initiate and co-ordinate geographical research requiring international co-operation and to promote its scientific discussion and publication;
- to provide for the participation of geographers in the work of relevant international organizations;
- to facilitate the collection and diffusion of geographical data and documentation in and between all member countries;
- to promote International Geographical Congresses, regional conferences and specialized symposia related to the objectives of the Union;
- to participate in any other appropriate form of international co-operation with the object of advancing the study and application of geography;
- to promote international standardization or compatability of methods, nomenclature, and symbols employed in geography.
The Assoication of American Geographers is the main academic and professional organization for Geographers in the US. The AAG, which has been around for over 100 years, supports all areas of Geography and hosts an annual meeting each Spring. Within the AAG there are several specialty and affinity groups (for instance, I am currently the chair of the Graduate Student Affinity Group…more on that later) that support the wide range of of interests within geography community. The next meeting will be in Chicago in early March 2006, however anyone interested in presenting at the AAG must submit abstracts by October 13, 2005.
In addition to general presentations, most of the specialty groups have student paper competitions. Visit their respective web page to obtain more information on these and other opportunties.