Geotechnology is identified by the US Department of Labor as one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields, and scientists who can combine geographic information systems with satellite data are in demand in a variety of disciplines (Nature 427, 376-377). Job opportunities are growing and diversifying as geospatial technologies prove their value in more areas.
The Center for Geo-Information Science was established in 1998 and pursues excellence through applied and theoretical research in spatial information technology. In that spatial information technology enables work across disciplinary lines, the center focuses on encouraging multi-disciplinary research. The center functions as a key resource for business, industry, government, social services, with responsiveness to local, regional, and international problems.