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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.

An Experiment in Sound and Place

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Check out an amazing initiative by Prof Bauch. “Unexpected combinations often become unexpected delights; peanut butter and chocolate, a ball and a net, oboes and experimental geography.”


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Welcome to Dr Jeff Widener!

DGES alumnus and former OU GIS Librarian, Dr Widener has been selected as the Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA). CSA is a multidisciplinary university research center housed in DGES/College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (AGS) that specializes in the study and application of geospatial science and technology. In addition to teaching courses for the department, Jeff will help lead CSA in its efforts to build partnerships with the academic and community sectors (governmental and private) to develop and implement GIS applications that advance research and support day-to-day spatial management practices. The center also supports GIS and geography education through outreach, including OU’s annual GIS Day expo and Summer GIS Fellowships.      



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Congratulations to our graduate student winners for 2018 Student Research and Creativity Day! 

1st place in Education/Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science

Logan Gerber-Chavez

2nd Place in Oral Presentations 1

Zhen Hong