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UFV's department of Geoscience houses dedicated teaching and research facilities, and shares laboratory facilities at the Chilliwack campus.

Geographic Information Systems/Student laboratory

Located in A407A of the Abbotsford campus, the GIS lab/student lab is available for use by any student currently enrolled in a geography class or working on projects with faculty. Students need not be majoring or minoring in the program to use the facility.

The lab includes a dozen computers, each of which has ArcGIS software, Adobe Creative Suite, as well as word processing and spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Office).

The lab also has a printer (with card reader), scanner, large format plotter (for use under faculty direction only), and a digitizing table. The Geography department's map library is also housed here, and workspace is provided for students completing laboratory assignments and other projects, either with or without topographic maps.

During the Fall and Winter terms, a lab monitor is available to answer questions and help with materials. The lab is usually open from 9 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, and occasionally on Saturdays.

During the summer, lab hours are less regular, although it is usually open during the day; however, lab monitor assistance is limited.

Geoscience classroom

The geoscience lab classroom on the Abbotsford campus is located in A413. This classroom is booked through the department and is used heavily for geoscience courses, lab time, and meetings.

If you are from another UFV department and are looking to book this space for a meeting or class, please contact the department assistant at 604-854-4568.

Biogeography Laboratory

Directed by Dr. J Hughes, research in the biogeography laboratory focuses on the response of vegetation to past earthquakes, fires, floods, climate change, and anthropogenic modification of the landscape.

Luminescence Dating Laboratory

Under the supervision of its director, Dr. Olav Lian, this NSERC-funded laboratory serves as a nexus for faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research in Quaternery geology and geomorphology.


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