In October, the Department of Geography officially announced the launch of its new Online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming. This is the first online degree offered by our department and we are excited to expand our educational outreach to new audiences and deliver globally in-demand geospatial development training.
The degree offers working professionals around the world a chance to earn a non-thesis M.Sc. in less than one year. It builds upon and differentiates itself from our successful GIS Certificate Program by focusing on GIS and web map programming, rather than GIS application. The new master’s is catered to working GIS professionals who weren’t formally trained in web GIS, programming, or web mapping when they completed their education. (more…)
Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a recent study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands. (more…)
The Office of Sustainability (OS) website now hosts the new “Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide“ created by UW–Madison students Danielle Caputo, Jen Tirella, and Russell Wagner. The interactive map includes reviews of all campus eateries and their sustainable dining options. The students developed this map as part of their capstone project in Env. Studies 600 “Consumer-Driven Sustainability” taught last spring by Prof. Holly Gibbs and Nelson graduate student, Tyler Lark. (more…)
Researchers say they looked at the combined effects of land use decisions and climate change because, while there are many studies of each, the two factors need to be examined together.
As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country. (more…)