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GEOSPATIAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE CENTER (GCCC)

Welcome to the CAENS GCCC

The Geospatial and Climate Change Center (GCCC) is a multidisciplinary research center with tools and resources for research and teaching in critically important need areas of Geospatial Information Systems, including but not limited to Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Climate Variability and Change, Hydrology and watershed modeling, climate modeling, Environmental modeling and Decision Support Systems. The GCCC is equipped with several high performance workstations, a central server, two high volume processing printers, video conferencing and projector systems, and internet connectivity and site licenses for different geospatial software.

WHAT'S NEW

USGIF attends GEOINT at HBCUS Summit

Representatives from academia, government, and industry met July 24-26 at Tuskegee University in Alabama to discuss the future of geospatial intelligence programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). READ MORE...

RESEARCH AREAS

Research and teaching areas at the GCCC are broadly grouped into;

  • Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth Observation 
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems 
  • Precision Agriculture 
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Crop Modeling
  • Hydrology and Water Resource Management
  • Agrometeorology
  • Land Use land Cover Change
  • Decision Support Systems and Early Warning Systems 
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Monitoring
  • Forestry

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PROJECT 1
Enhancing Geospatial Research, Teaching and Outreach Capabilities at Tuskegee University
Funding Source: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Project Summary.pdf

PROJECT 2
Assessment of Global Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Crop Productivity and Adaptations by Limited Resource Farmers and Land Owners in the Black Belt Region of Alabama. 
Funding Source: USDA National Institute of Food and agriculture (NIFA)
Project Summary.pdf

PROJECT 3
Implementing the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Engineering Doctoral Program at Tuskegee University
Funding Source: USDA National Institute of Food and agriculture (NIFA) CBG
Project Summary.pdf

GRADUATE STUDENT PROJECTS

The GCCC has a number of graduate students who are either completed or currently working on various geospatial related research projects. 

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH
  • Pauline Kageha Welikhe, MS Student, “Assessing Crop Yields Response to Climate Change and Spatial– Temporal Soil Moisture Variability in Alabama”, 2016
  • Dionne Blanks, MS Student, “Satellite Remote Sensing Approach to Forest Management” , 2017.
  • Megan Franklin, MS Student. “Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Extremes in Alabama”, 2017.
  • Devotha Joseph Mwaezembe, MS Student. “Climate Change Projection and Impact on Maize Production in Morogoro and Mbeya Regions” 2016.
COMPLETED GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH
  • Oluwatomiwa Adalumo, MS. “Assessment of climate Variability impact on Water Resources within the Alabama River Basin”, 2014               http://tuspubs.tuskegee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=caens_etds
  • Rokaya M. A. Hassan, MS. ‘Estimation of Evaporation over Egypt Using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model’, 2014
  • Doaa M. Z. Saleh, MS. "Evaluation of the Sensitivity of Weather Research and Forecasting Model to Parameterization Schemes for Wind Prediction over Egypt", 2014 
  • Irin Nishi, MS. “Impact of Climate Change on Major Crops in Mississippi”, 2014
  • Rebecca Gyawu, “Evaluation of the Community Food and Physical Activity Environment in the Alabama Black Belt using GIS”, 2014
  • Denisha D. Thorton, MS.”Impact of Climate Changes on Major Crops in Georgia”, 2012
     

COURSES

All GIS Center courses are available to all learners for academic credit or for continuing education. A variety of courses exists to suit your interests and a variety of course delivery options are available to suit your academic or professional needs.

EVSC 0507.  INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits Hour - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Introductions to GIS concepts, fundamentals of GIS, including managing and processing geographic data, coordinate systems, spatial data analysis, database creation, and cartography. Familiarity with Arc-GIS software.  

EVSC 0517 ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS IN GIS  
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Research applications of GIS with special emphasis on the processing and spatial analysis of natural resources and environmental data. Specific topics will include:  forest management, soils management, water resources, biodiversity conservation, environmental modeling of atmosphere, natural hazards, site suitability analysis and vulnerability assessment.

EVSC 0545 REMOTE SENSING: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
The course introduces students to fundamental concepts and principles of remote sensing, including energy sources, electromagnetic radiation, sensor systems, satellite image types including multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal and radar data acquisitions, image resolution types, image processing and classification techniques, ground referencing, and GIS integration. Various satellite remote sensing methods and applications with respect to different academic disciplines and research areas are also covered.

EVSC 0560 HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Students will be taught and introduced to the theories and principles of hydrologic cycle, hydrologic systems, hydrologic processes, surface and ground water, hydrologic measurement and analysis. Students will study the various types of point and nonpoint sources of pollution and the transportation and fate of pollutants. Particular emphasis is placed on NPS associated with urban and agricultural activities which end up in surface and ground water runoff, and how they impact water quality. Surface and ground water pollution in diverse aquatic systems including stream, river, lake, reservoir, and estuarine environments are considered. Students are exposed to a variety of structural and non-structural management practices for pollution control, Geospatial Information Systems and hydrologic modeling approaches for watershed management.

EVSC0570 AGROMETEOROLOGY
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Agrometeorology, also referred to as agricultural meteorology, is an interdisciplinary science in which principles of meteorology, climatology, and hydrology that are significant to agriculture owing to their interaction are applied to agricultural systems. The aim of Agrometeorology is to apply climatological information for the purposes of improving farming practices and increasing agricultural productivity in both quantity and in quality.

EVSC0610 CLIMATE CHANGE & CLIMATE MODELING
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
The modeling of past, present and future climates is of fundamental importance to the issue of climate change and variability. Climate Change and Climate Modeling provides a solid foundation for science students in all disciplines for our current understanding of global warming and important natural climate variations, and lays out the essentials of how climate models are constructed.

PLSS 0425 SOIL GENESIS AND CLASSIFICATION
(Fall Semester, 3 Credit Hour - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Courses takes students through the theory and practice of soil classification and survey; soil morphology and composition, soil genesis processes and reactions, soil taxonomy, and soils types for different regions. Students will also be trained in the methods of soil morphology and survey and to familiarize the student with the principles of soil taxonomy and the soil classification systems used in the United States, Western Europe, USSR and developing countries. Students will also be introduced to computer based GIS analysis of soil database and soil mapping analysis.

OUTREACH AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

1. GEOSPATIAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (GET)
The two day GET workshop will provide geospatial training to teachers from local minority high schools and community colleges. Participating teachers will benefit from the increased knowledge of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, and how they apply to most fields. The workshop will help them (1) introduce Geospatial sciences to students and (2) facilitate the integration of Geospatial Sciences into STEM curricula.

To apply, complete and submit this APPLICATION FORM, together with a letter from your Principal indicating you teach there. Since the program fills quickly, application materials should be sent as soon as possible. We will begin making decisions early in the spring and will continue until all open spots are filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 8, 2017. Honorarium, housing (if necessary), snacks will be provided for all participating teachers for the two day workshop.


2. GEOSPATIAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROGRAM (GREP)
GREP will provide hands-on education and research activities on the basics of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, geospatial analysis and their integration and applications in STEM disciplines. Small projects will help students to put in practice their newly acquired skills and expose them to the basic principles of geospatial research. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their research work in the form of reports and presentations.

To apply, complete and submit this APPLICATION FORM, together with your transcript (s) for the academic year 2015-2016 from your current school, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher in your school. Since the program fills quickly, application materials should be sent as soon as possible. We will begin making decisions early in the spring and will continue until all open spots are filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 8, 2017CLICK HERE for the GREP summer program brochure.

Please email your application to jquansah@tuskegee.edu. If you need additional information, you can contact us at:
   
Dr. Joseph Essamuah-Quansah
Tuskegee University CAENS Dept. of Environmental Science
201 Mary Starke Harper Hall
1200 W. Montgomery Road
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Office (334) 727 8419, Cell 334-444-4731
Email: jquansah@tuskegee.edu

RESOURCES AT GCCC

Hardware:
 - Eighteen high performance workstations
 - High volume processing printer 
- Video conferencing and projector systems

Software:
- ArcGIS 10 Site license 
- ERDAS IMAGINE License
- MultiSpec RS software
- Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)
- Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT)
- Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) 

PEOPLE

GCCC Faculty

Dr. Joseph Essamuah-Quansah

Dr. Souleymane Fall

Dr. Gamal El Afandi