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At Western, GISci research and teaching is focused in the Department of Geography, which offers a diverse suite of undergraduate and graduate courses and a wide variety of research possibilities and projects in three core areas of GISci: GIS, remote sensing and cartography. GIS research and teaching include: exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial modelling, spatial statistics, multicriteria analysis, and visualization methods. The GIS-based approaches are applied to answer research questions and to analyze spatial planning/policy-related problems in the areas of: health and health care, urban land use, sustainable development, water systems, and landscape studies. The second focus is in remote sensing methods (such as pattern recognition, feature detection and extraction techniques) and applications to address specific topics with an emphasis on environmental issues with local and global significance including natural resource management and earth surface processes such as vegetation patterns, river channel form, and urban surface temperatures. Cartography complements the two main teaching and research interests in GISci. This research strand centres on history of cartography, historical maps, and lunar and planetary cartography and mapping.