The California State University Geospatial Review

The number of disciplines and California State University (CSU) campus departments using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related methods is long, including: Anthropology, Biology, Business, Marketing, MIS Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Geology, History, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Library Science, Natural Resource Planning, Oceanography, Physics, Political Science, Public Health, Recreation & Parks, Sociology, Social Science, Statistics, Urban Planning, and Wildlife.

We're often trying to solve the same problems, which might be staffing a lab, setting up internet map access, or integrating Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) technology into a research program. The goal of the CSU Geospatial Review is to provide a means to share ideas or discover future research collaborators on other campuses. With the wealth of disciplines contributing to the discussion, there’s tremendous potential for cross-fertilization, and a great spatially-aware future for the CSU.

The CSU Geospatial Review (ISSN 2373-5783, e-ISSN 2373-5791) is published yearly and mailed out in early May. Please submit interesting stories about appropriate projects to the GIS Specialty Center no later than December 15. You may email or provide a CD with the story content (about 500 words) and high resolution images. Submitted stories will be reviewed by the Editorial Board. Please send your submission to:

  • CSU GIS Specialty Center
  • HSS 272
  • 1600 Holloway Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94132


2018 Geospatial Review

  • Multispectral Unpiloted Aircraft System
  • Assessing PES Projects
  • Optimizing Outdoor Campus Wi-Fi Coverage
  • Detection of Water Stress in Vineyards Utilizing UAV & Hyperspectral Imagery
  • Developing a Coastal GIS Model of Sri Lanka
  • Virtual Visit: Developing a 3D Campus Map
  • Regeneration of Cypriot Native Plants following Agricultural Abandonment
2017 Geospatial Review
  • Establishing Sea Cliff Erosion Rates and Identifying Erosional Hotspots for Bechers Bay, Santa Rosa Island
  • Director's Message
  • Implementing a Collaborative Web-based GIS
  • Teaching Photogrammetry and Agisoft in the Classroom to Assess Earthquake Hazard
  • Water Mains Integrity Management using Hot Spot Analysis
  • A Brief View of Colombia's Referendum on the FARC Peace Agreement
  • Santa Ana Watershed Evapotranspiration Surface Model


2015 Geospatial Review
  • Spatial Obfuscation of GPS Travel Data
  • Director's Message
  • The CSU GIS Specialty Center Unpiloted Aircraft Systems Workshop
  • Using GIS to Assist with Emergency Evacuation Planning
  • CSU Stanislaus-Gallo Partnership Expands Study Opportunities
  • Building a Center for Excellence for HDMA


2014 Geospatial Review
  • Using a Low-Cost Unmanned Aircraft System and Structure-From-Motion for Hillslope Gully Modeling
  • Director's Message
  • The Impact of Episodic Land Cover Change on Ecosystem Services
  • Spatial Analysis of Distressed Residential Property Sales in the Fresno/Clovis Metro Area
  • Student Activities in Climate Change Using NASA Satellite Data


2013 Geospatial Review
  • Spatial Analysis of Potential and Actual Organ Donors
  • Director's Message
  • Geographical Analysis of Climate Variability in Climate Divisions of California
  • Spatial Analysis of Satellite Telemetry Data
  • Re-examining Travel Time to Work
  • Discriminating California's Natural Vegetation Types with Multi-temporal Hyperspectral Imagery


2012 Geospatial Review
  • Measuring river geometry for automatic discharge estimation using geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA)
  • Director's Message
  • Using Web-Based GIS Tools to Evaluate Spatial Aspects of Crime
  • Mapping of Serpentine Soils in the Lassen and Plumas National Forests
  • NSF/Advanced Technology in Education funds Geospatial Education Collaborative
  • Collaborative Mapplets for Service Learning Opportunities at CSU Chico
  • Teaching Race/Ethnic Relations with GIS


2011 Geospatial Review
  • Using GIS to Map Streamflow Measurement Deficiencies in Remote Moutnain Watersheds
  • Director's Message
  • Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Archaeological Applications of GIS
  • Estimating Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Urban Trees
  • Geoprocessing Methods for Hypsometry, Morphometry, and Spatial Sampling
  • New CSU Coastal Geospatial Research, Education, and Technology


2010 Geospatial Review
  • Using LiDAR to Assess Aboveground Carbon Stored in Tropical Rain Forests
  • Director's Message
  • Sprawl Fighting GIS Tools to be Developed by Cal Poly Pomona CGISR
  • Using R for Geographic Analysis and Education
  • Forest Fire Severity Mapping Using Satellite Imagery and GIS for Carinthia, Austria
  • Using PPGIS to Study Rural Ethnic Entrepreneurship
  • Quantifying Urban Forest Function and Value


2009 Geospatial Review
  • California Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Movement Studies
  • Director's Message
  • GIS in Integrated Water Management Planning
  • Bathymetric Mapping
  • What is GIS
  • Mapping Land Use/Land Cover Changes
  • Cal Poly Pomona Developing Plant Atlas GIS Data Model


2008 Geospatial Review
  • "Seeing" the Forest for the Trees
  • Director's Message
  • Mapping Mountain Vegetation Alliances
  • CalWater Map" A GIS Tool for Small Water Agencies
  • What is GIS
  • "Forecasting" Road Failures
  • GIS Career Awareness Learning Modules
  • Interactive Campus Directory


2007 Geospatial Review
  • Payday Lending
  • Director's Message
  • Disaster GIS
  • Child Poverty, 2000
  • What is GIS
  • Community Based GIS
  • Geographic Distribution of Graduates of CSU, Long Beach
  • Landscape as Art



2006 Geospatial Review
  • Watershed Monitoring and Hydrologic Simulation using GIS
  • Director's Message
  • 2005 UCGIS Summer Assembly
  • A Web-based GIS Awareness Program for High School Students
  • Flying Carpet
  • DIVA: An Innovative Digital Resource
  • Habitat Modeling Using GIS adn Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing Committee Report


2005 Geospatial Review
  • Wetlands Inventory in Southern California
  • Statewide GIS Organizations
  • Director's Message
  • "Every Place Counts" Educational talent search at CSU Chico
  • Microclimate Variability in Complex Terrain
  • Curricular Development Grant Program
  • GIS Goes Global
  • Mapping Vernal Pools in Northeastern San Joaquin Valley
  • Remote Sensing Committee
  • Software Challenge


2004 Geospatial Review
  • Tracking the 2003 San Diego Wildfire
  • Modeling Marten Habitat for Conservation
  • Director's Message
  • Protecting Rockfish Habitat
  • GIS for Site Analysis
  • GIS and Criminal Justice
  • Web-based Public Access Guide
  • HyperTool Teaching Module
  • Watershed Anaysis
  • Children's Museum Exhibit
  • Build It and They Will Come


2002-2003 Geospatial Review
  • GIS Aids Fight Against Sudden Oak Death
  • Director's Message
  • Cal Poly Expands GIS Offerings
  • CSU GIS Specialty Center
  • Legislative Districts Redrawn with GIS
  • What is GISci?
  • GIS Helps Monitor Quakes