In courses and research projects, students use differential GPS units and software, total station surveying equipment, digital theodolite and automatic level, along with map and compass techniques. In addition, Geography has stream- and weather-monitoring equipment. The GReaT Lab provides digital cameras, scanners and video-capture techniques so that students can add photo layers to digital thematic maps and presentations. Physical geographers have access to equipment for the collection, analysis, and microscopy of soil samples and sediment cores and resources in the Physical Geography Laboratory (oldJ306) which is undergoing renovation in Spring 2010.
Current weather conditions at department's Hellgate Canyon Weather Station are live on the web.