A world in motion!

Geography, Environment and Geomatics study our world’s dynamic systems and how they interact, from the social-cultural aspects all the way to the earth’s natural processes. In our department, you can study highly relevant issues like environmental sustainability, climate change, or urban development. We also provide the option to gain hands-on skills in the increasingly relevant and employable field of geomatics, GIS and remote sensing. Travel and learn in a real-world setting through our various field courses, which can take you from the glaciers of Iceland to the bustling streets of New York City. Gain real work experience through paid internships in between semesters through the optional CO-OP program.

Climate Policy

The Assembly of the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics adopted its Climate Policy by unanimous vote on January 16, 2020. We invite you to read the preambule and follow the link to the complete text.

The Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa conducts research into the physical processes of climate change as well as the natural and societal impacts and responses to it. We acknowledge that human behaviour is the root cause of present-day climate change, and we have developed this policy to be transparent about our own behaviour, and to work toward eliminating its contribution to climate change."

Why study with us

Why Study With Us

Gain a holistic understanding of our world and how it works, from our cities and societies to our environment and earth.  Check out what makes us unique, and discover some of the benefits we have to offer!

Field Courses

Field Courses

“…A program highlight would’ve been the Glaciology field course to Patagonia. This trip to Southern Patagonia was inspiring on many levels - it allowed us to collect sample data, experience a new and exciting culture, and have our minds blown by the otherworldly landscapes…”

Careers and Testimonials


“….I have founded an organization called Sonar, based in San Francisco, that advocates for dolphin and whale (cetacean) rights and does cognitive research with wild cetaceans….”

Our Laboratories and Research Groups

Our Laboratories and Research Groups

Our laboratories and research groups are many and diverse: Glaciology; Health geography; Climatology and Paleoclimatology; Applied Geomatics and GIS Science; Environmental change; Environment, Society and Policy; Arctic, Antarctic and Planetary Studies


Canadian Association of Geographers

The office of the Canadian Association of Geographers has moved to our Department!

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