Geographic environments are comprised of natural environments and human-made environments, and their spaces expand in scale from cities and regions to nations, continents, and the planet. Geography is not just the study of the dynamic interrelationships between geographic environments and human beings from the past to the present, within a particular space. Rather, it aims to explain occurrences by taking into account the interrelationships between phenomena that occur on a variety of spatial scales.
This point is particularly important when conducting research in a local community on phenomena that occur on a global scale, such as global warming or economic globalization. It is possible to intensify the research being conducted on cities and the environment by adding this new perspective to the conventional field of geography, which has focused on the differences in the configurations and mechanisms of geographical phenomena due to differences in spatial scale, and on regional differences within the same spatial scale.
The Department of Geography is comprised of five labs focused on (1) geomorphology and geology, (2) climatology, (3) environmental geography, (4) geographical information sciences, and (5) urban and human geography, and conducts research in each of these fields.
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