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  • Center for Environmental Applications in Remote Sensing (CEARS)- Our mission is to provide interdisciplinary leadership in remote sensing through formal instruction, outreach, cooperative research, and consulting. CEARS contributes to applications of the science and technology necessary to better understand effects of both natural and human-induced variability and change within the Earth system.
  • Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT)- As a truly interdisciplinary university-wide center at Virginia Tech (VT), CGIT's mission is to generate visibility, procure research funding, and provide technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, and Computer-Aided Design. Our staff, researchers, and affiliated faculty and researchers seek to integrate spatial awareness in intelligent data collection methods, in-field analysis, modeling and simulation, decision support, visualization, and several other techniques in a wide variety of domains.
  • Conservation Management Institute (CMI) - The Conservation Management Institute provides assistance to natural resource agencies interested in vegetation and wetland mapping, GIS building and applications, as well as field support and other information gathering activities.
  • Enterprise GIS Research and Development - Enterprise GIS facilitates access to central IT resources supporting storage and hosting of GIS data for academic and administrative uses within the university community.  The group also provides training that lowers barriers to entry to the use of GIS tools, analysis processes, and other resources as the state-of-the-art in geospatial sciences continues to advance. Central support of GIS as a strategic component of the university’s technology infrastructure is intended to create efficiencies of scale and significant cost savings to university departments by leveraging the latest technologies in data hosting and storage as well as the expertise of the IT professionals in the IT organization who manage the university's computing and networking functions on a daily basis.


  • OGIS- OGIS is an affiliation of teaching and research faculty from 5 colleges, 15 departments and the Virginia Tech Libraries who share an interest and expertise in Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT).

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Maps Librarian

GIS specialist

  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Newman Library Hours

Open 24/7 through May 10th.
Wed. May 11, 2016 - Closes at 8 P.M.

*During 24-hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30 a.m.