New! BSc program at the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics!

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2018

New B.Sc. program at the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics!

Be part of the first cohort of the BSc Major in Physical Geography and Geomatics, our new program starting September 2018. Physical Geography is the scientific study of processes and patterns at the Earth's surface. It uses field and laboratory measurements and spatial data to evaluate our world's changing climates, water, land, plants and animals. Physical geographers are trained to synthesize environmental knowledge and apply it to real-world problems such as coastal erosion or loss of habitat. Solving these problems also requires the collection, management and computer analysis of the vast amounts of spatial data now available, which is the domain of Geomatics.

Geography and Geomatics are ubiquitous in today’s society; there are numerous example of this including the creation of the Geography and Exploration Pavillon in Ottawa (opening 2017), the evolution of Google Maps, the navigation of autonomous vehicles, drones, and the growing use of satellite remote sensing of the environment. There is an ever-increasing need for well-trained graduates that understand and can leverage these important technologies. The Canadian geomatics sector generates over $2.3 billion annually through 2450 private geomatics firms in Canada, and the use of geospatial information has generated over 20.7$ billion to Canada’s GDP in 2013. The employment opportunities for students trained in geomatics are significant.

Students in the BSc Major in Physical Geography and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa learn to use the full range of geospatial technologies (drones/UAVs, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, satellite imaging, spatial analysis) to study environments ranging from the mountains of the Yukon to the coral reefs of Zanzibar. Geomatics and spatial analysis skills are in high demand and employment out of the program is almost guaranteed. Geomatics is a key component of modern-day geography and increasingly in many other disciplines including Biology, Geology, Engineering, Public and Population Health, among others. This program, with its strong geomatics component, is therefore expected to attract individuals across a range of disciplines.

Graduates from the program will have the scientific knowledge and the technical skills to become leaders in these growing fields.

For more information about the program courses and structure visit our program page at or contact professor Anders Jensen Knudby

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