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Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence

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Mission, Vision and Core Values 

The Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and provides quality education for future scientists, educators and decision-makers. The GSCE is a research and educational collaboration that combines the unique strengths of South Dakota State University and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) center. Our mission is to address fundamental questions about the functioning of the biosphere and its implications for the environment and human welfare in a rapidly-changing world. Our approach focuses on the development and application of geospatial technologies, including remote sensing, modeling and geographic information systems. Through research, education and communication, we seek to enhance basic understanding of critical earth system processes, develop practical tools for monitoring and predicting change and facilitate sustainable management of ecosystems, societies and the biosphere.

To be national and international leaders in the application of satellite remote sensing and other geospatial technologies for monitoring, understanding and forecasting terrestrial environmental change at regional to global scales. This vision will be achieved by engaging in collaborative research and by conducting graduate-level mentoring and teaching to train the next generations of geospatial scientists.

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Impact 

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Graduate Programs — Geospatial Science & Engineering (Ph.D.)

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Celebration of Faculty Excellence awards table and display

SDSU faculty recognized for excellence

The annual South Dakota State University Celebration of Faculty Excellence recognized 25 faculty members, researchers and scientists Tuesday. The event honors faculty members in the university's colleges for outstanding research, teaching and service.

SDSU’s remote sensing program earns world ranking  

South Dakota State University’s remote sensing program has been ranked as one of the top academic programs in the world by the Shanghai Ranking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. ...

Wildfire season: Improving community evacuation plans using data-driven models

Wildfires pose a significant risk to residents living in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in the American West, and a South Dakota State University assistant professor hopes his research can help make resort towns and other communities with high transient populations safer.  ...