About IGRE


The Institute for Geospatial Research and Education (IGRE) has a long history as an EMU research center (previously CEITA – the Center for Environmental Information Technology and Application) for developing innovative research methods, technologies and applications in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) to address emerging challenges. IGRE collaborates with researchers across many universities and U.S. government agencies to develop spatial modeling, geo-computation, and GIS analytical tools and methods to support informed decision making in environmental studies, sustainable development, and land use planning. IGRE has won a good number of significant grants from NSF, NASA, NOAA, USEPA, USACE, and USGS, published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, completed many projects successfully, and developed a dozen cutting-edge software packages.

In addition, IGRE is missioned to provide experiential learning opportunities to students at EMU. This learning takes place in a "Project-Based" environment where problems are researched and practical applications are developed. Our students tackle today's environmental issues using spatial thinking skills, remote sensed data and software tools such as ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI and Feature Analyst. IGRE employs undergraduate  and graduate students and collaborates with  post-doctor research fellows, visiting research scholars, and faculty fellows. IGRE also places or recommends student interns with regional and local organizations and industries yearly.

Dr. Yichun XieThe Office of Research Development (ORD): EMU's ORD serves and supports faculty, staff and institutes like IGRE engaged in grant sponsored activities that promote basic and applied research, public service, teaching, learning, scholarship, and artistic expression. The services ORD provides to IGRE can be found here: http://www.emich.edu/ord/

Project Sponsors: IGRE works with many types of sponsors who provide experiential learning opportunities for our students. A short list of past and current sponsors includes:


The National Science Foundation

Peoples Republic of China

Michigan State Education Network

Federal Researchers (EPA, NASA, NOAA, F&WS & USGS)

State Agencies (MDNR's Urban and Community Forestry Department, Michigan Virtual University, Michigan Department of Education)
Counties (Ogemaw, Livingston, Oakland, Sanilac & Washtenaw)
School Districts (Wayne RESA, Detroit Public Schools, Dearborn & Ann Arbor) 
Non-Profit Organizations (Archdiocese of Detroit, Great Lakes Commission, Pacific
Disaster East-West Center, University of Michigan, American Forests & Merit Network)

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