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Welcome to Geography

Our Mission Statement 

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The mission of UGA Geography is to advance understanding of social and natural processes in a complex and changing world.  As geographers, we are interested in where things happen, how people and places near and far are interconnected, and the impact of humans on the landscape and environment.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs cultivate geographical curiosity, critical thinking, and a rich array of methods for solving real-world problems.  We support instruction and research in climate studies, atmospheric sciences, landforms, biodiversity, geoarchaeology, environmental change, geographic information science, remote sensing, urban processes, dynamics of the global economy, food systems, and social movements, such as those for food, climate and racial justice.  As a community, we seek to understand how the world works and to contribute to the conditions for a more just and sustainable future.


Our Diversity Mission Statement

The Department of Geography affirms that a diverse student body enriches education by providing a wealth of understandings and perspectives that augment and improve our research, teaching, and service. As an inclusive academic environment, the Department promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. In building a program which is diverse in the broadest sense, we are committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, mentoring and retention of students, faculty and staff, including those from historically excluded and under-represented groups. Higher education inspires and trains future generations of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society.



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An American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) communicationworking group, co-chaired by UGA Atmospheric Sciences DirectorMarshall Shepherd, has published a white paper and brief on effectiveclimate change communication strategies. These reports are part of the
An American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) communication working group, co-chaired by UGA Atmospheric Sciences Director Marshall Shepherd, has published a white paper and brief on effective climate change communication strategies.
Jada Smith, who was a First Honor graduate (BS in atmosphericsciences) of UGA in Spring 2023, is the lone recipient of the 2023June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship from the American GeophysicalUnion (AGU), the world's largest professional society devoted to the

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Atmospheric Sciences Program

The University of Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences Program addresses the needs of students interested in studying meteorology or climate science.

Employment of atmospheric scientists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The best job prospects for atmospheric scientists will be in private industry.

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Marshall Shepherd

Center for Geospatial Research

A student-led University of Georgia team has gotten grant funding to design, build and launch two small satellites into space, but they’re aiming for something bigger.

The student team wants not only to launch UGA’s first small “cube satellite” in 2018 (with another to follow as soon as 2019) - they want to establish a continuing University of Georgia space program, said Caleb Adams of Powder Springs, a key leader of the undergraduate student team.

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