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Posted November 16, 2009

Laurier celebrates international Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16-20

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s distinguished Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will mark international Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16 to 20 with a variety of events and demonstrations.

“Part of geography’s strength and beauty is that there are many disciplines within the subject that are seemingly unrelated, yet they are all focused on how humans have an impact on their environment,” said Dr. Michael English, chair of Laurier’s Geography and Environmental Studies department who researches ground and surface water hydrology. “Geography Awareness Week is an effective way to increase public knowledge about the study of geography.”

Highlights of Laurier’s Geography Awareness Week events include:

Monday, Nov. 16

* Meteorological equipment demonstration, 11:15 a.m., courtyard between Dr. Alvin Woods and Arts buildings (rain date: Nov. 17)

Tuesday, Nov. 17

* Hands-on surveying instrument display, from leveling technology to hand-held GPS devices
* Roving geographers on campus with trivia questions and prizes

For a complete list of events, click here.

Geographical research at Laurier illustrates Dr. English’s point about the diversity of the subject. Some examples: Dr. Scott Slocombe, the Dr. John McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography, studies the challenge of managing diverse human activities in large regions while maintaining environmental integrity; Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer studies food systems and economic development and how they relate to our carbon footprint; and Dr. Sean Doherty uses GPS technology to examine human activity patterns and their impact on the environment.

In addition to more than 20 researchers, Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies is home to the Cold Regions Research Centre and plays a prominent role in the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Centre for the Study of Nascent Entrepreneurship and the eXploitation of Technology, the International Migration Research Centre, and the Viessmann European Research Centre.

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