The University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences has partnered on many projects focused on mapping land cover change at regional, continental and global scales. These maps enable better informed approaches to natural resource management, including deforestation and biodiversity monitoring, and can be used as inputs to carbon, climate and hydrological modeling.

The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellent teaching, research, and service. The University educates students and advances knowledge in areas of importance to the State, the nation, and the world. The University is committed to being a preeminent national center for research and for graduate education, and the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise. The Department of Geographical Sciences conducts outstanding research projects, and ranked 3rd out of 49 geography departments in the 2010 NRC Rankings.

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