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Laboratory Facilities

The department uses state-of-the-art facilities located on the 3rd floor of Storm Hall. They include excellent computing and field equipment resources housed in laboratories within the Storm Hall North wing. The computing facilities include a cluster of high-end servers and workstations maintained by department’s technical staff, GPS and UAV equipment with specialized cameras, and a variety of software packages.

The Richard D. Wright Spatial Analysis Lab (SH 324)

This is the main teaching lab for the Department of Geography. The introductory and intermediate GIS, remote sensing and cartography lab sessions are conducted in this facility. Open lab time is utilized by students to finish assignments and also by the intro and intermediate spatial statistics classes.

The Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Lab (SH 328)

CESAR is the computing hub of the department. In addition to high-end workstations, the CESAR complex houses the department server room consisting of numerous processing and storage devices linked to all department labs and offices through a Department of Geography administered LAN; a special projects room for student-accessible servers; a large work/equipment storage room; and the offices of the technical staff. A large format printer and scanner are also located here.

The William A. Finch Jr. Remote Sensing Lab (SH 331)

The laboratory is primarily utilized by students conducting research and/or working on laboratory exercises involving remote sensing and image processing. It is named after William Finch, a former SDSU Geography professor who was to teach remote sensing at SDSU. This laboratory primarily consists of 10 high-end workstation computers which have dual screens and enable display of three-dimensional images. It also houses a small collection of hard copy imagery and manual stereoscopic viewing equipment.

The Geography Physical Lab (SH 333)

This lab serves primarily as a teaching laboratory where eight sections (each containing 20 students) of a lower-division physical geography lab are conducted each semester. The physical geography lab contains a variety of apparatus and teaching aids essential for weekly completion of students' lab experiments. In addition, the lab is used to store hydrologic equipment and samples used by the Watershed Analysis group.

The Qualitative Lab (SH 337)

This area is used to analyze qualitative data collected by interviews and surveys.

The Visualization Lab (SH 339)

This is a graduate research area exploring new topics in Visualization.

Storm Hall 324

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 9:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Storm Hall 328

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Storm Hall 331

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Storm Hall 333

Always locked. Access by RedID Card

Storm Hall 337

Always locked. Access by RedID Card

Storm Hall 339

Always locked. Access by RedID Card

All geography students are welcome to use the labs during these times whenever there are no classes scheduled. Graduate and Teaching assistants have 24 hour access via RedID cards to all lab facilities.

The following days and times are reserved for class instruction.

Storm Hall 324

Monday:

  • GEOG 580: 11:00am - 1:40pm

Tuesday:

  • GEOG 484: 9:00am - 10:40am
  • GEOG 592L: 3:30pm - 6:10pm

Wednesday:

  • GEOG 380L: 8:00am - 10:40am
  • GEOG 580: 11:00am - 1:40pm
  • GEOG 503: 2:00pm - 4:40pm

Thursday:

  • GEOG 484L: 9:00am - 11:40am
Storm Hall 331

Monday:

  • GEOG 578: 9:00am - 11:40am
  • GEOG 683: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Tuesday:

  • BDA 696: 9:30am - 11:45am

Wednesday:

  • GEOG 593: 9:00am - 11:40am
  • GEOG 683L: 2:00pm - 4:40pm

Thursday:

  • BDA 696: 9:30am - 11:45am
  • GEOG 700: 3:30pm - 6:10pm
Storm Hall 333

Monday:

  • GEOG 101L: 10:00am - 12:40pm; 2:00pm - 4:40pm; 5:00pm - 7:40pm

Tuesday:

  • GEOG 101L: 9:30am -12:10pm; 2:00pm - 4:40pm; 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Wednesday:

  • GEOG 101L: 10:00am - 12:40pm; 3:00pm - 5:40pm; 6:30pm - 9:10pm

Thursday:

  • GEOG 101L: 2:00pm - 4:40pm; 5:00pm - 7:40pm

Friday:

  • GEOG 101L: 8:00am - 10:40am
Storm Hall 339

Monday:

  • CICS Research Group: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • GEOG 780: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Wednesday:

  • CICS Research Group: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

All labs (excluding the Physical Lab) are equipped with high-end computer workstations. Each computer has extensive GIS, Remote Sensing, statistical and modeling software resources including ESRI ArcGIS and related products, GRASS, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, SPlus, and SPSS. Graphics software includes Adobe products along with various software utilities.

The laboratories are supported by three (3) full time technical staff.