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The Institute for Spatial Analysis

The Environmental Science and Management department at Humboldt State University seeks to provide geospatial research technologies and solutions through the Institute for Spatial Analysis. Our students and professors work on a variety of projects across numerous disciplines.


The Humboldt State University Institute for Spatial analysis (ISA) was established in April 2006 as a focal point for the advancement of spatial research, innovation and application. The ISA is dedicated to the expansion of spatial analysis methodologies across disciplines and the full spectrum of real world issues. We work closely with governmental, public and private sector entities to achieve this goal.

The Institute evolved from a predecessors established as early as 1995, including the Klamath Bioregional Assessment Research Project, the Spatial Information Systems Institute (SISI) and the Advanced Spatial Analysis Facility (ASAF). The ISA has grown to support a wide range of projects and activities for research involving spatial analysis and modeling. The facility serves as the focal point for graduate and faculty from across campus to effectively utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and image processing technologies in a wide variety of projects and research.

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Northern California offers student researchers and faculty a wealth of natural resources with which to apply geospatial solutions.

Research into new technologies is a part of the daily work-flow of students and faculty here at HSU, and few University's in the world operate in an environement as diverse as Northern California.

To supplment the University's geospatial capacities, the Department of Environmental Science and Management maintains the Humboldt Data Hub, a database of geospatial content. The Data Hub was developed to streamline the process of content acquisition, minimize error, and make the process of applying geospatial solutions effective and efficient.