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Research in Physical Geography

Department research in physical geography is largely focused on the geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands, with a partricular emphasis on aeolian processes. Other important areas of research include planetary geomorphology, biogeography, paleoecology and applied climatology.

Field research is strongly encouraged and the department is well-equiiped to undertake studies that utilize remote sensing and GIS.

Related research in the department includes:


Dr. Guofeng Cao, applications of GIS and spatial statistics in physical geography.

Dr. Jeff Lee, geomorphology, aeolian processes, arid lands.

Dr. Kevin Mulligan, geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands, GIS.

Faculty Collaborators

Dr. David Leverington (geology), planetary geomorphology, remote sensing.

Dr. Seiichi Nagihara (geology), applications of LiDAR to study arid landforms, GIS.

Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu (geology), structural and tectonic evolution of terrestrial landforms

Dr. Jennifer Vanos (atmospheric science), applied climatology, air pollution, human biometeorology.

Research and Teaching Facilities