Dr. Christopher Schaney Associate Professor, Geography & Regional Planning, AWARE Advisor

Courses that Dr. Schaney Teaches


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    GEOG 104 - World Geography/Global Context
    GEOG/RGPL 316/516 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    GEOG/RGPL 341-541 - Climatology
    GEOG/RGPL 342/542 - Physiography
    GEOG/RGPL 343/543 - Fresh Water Resources
    GEOG/RGPL 415/515 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
    GEOG/RGPL 444/544 - Energy Development and Compliance I
    GEOG/RGPL 445/545 - Energy Development and Compliance II




GEOG 104 - World Geography/Global Context

Relates theories of the discipline of geography to current world issues and global patterns. Emphasizes local versus global strategies of resource management, spatial legacies of colonialism, contemporary multiscale issues with workforce migration, urban structure, disease, and globalization. Focuses on global patterns of development through comparative approaches and understanding of human and physical geographic characteristics of world regions.

GEOG/RGPL 316/516 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Presents automated methods for creating, maintaining, and analyzing speacial data. Includes (1) specialized GIS hardware and software; (2) vector vs raster vs. object-oriented spatial data structures; (3) creation and manipulation of geogrpahic data files; (4) database design and management concepts; (5) spatial analysis; and (6) cartographic designs.

GEOG/RGPL 341/541 - Climatology

Examines the elements of weather and climate on earth. The location and causes of global climatic regions are examined in relation to moving pressure and wind systems. Also considers the climatic history of the planet and recent human modifications of the atmospheric environment.

GEOG/RGPL 342/542 - Physiography

Focuses on landform types and their spatial distribution. Emphasizes the tectonic forces that build landforms and the weathering and erosional processes that erode and shape surface features. The relationship between human activities and landforms is also considered.

GEOG/RGPL 343/543 - Fresh Water Resources

Students learn about surface and groundwater as a resource with unique properties. Fresh water is defined physically by storage in the hydrologic cycle and the values assigned by different cultures. Problems featured relate to consumptive and withdrawal water uses, the problems of water supply and scarcity, water law and its inconsistencies, flooding and floodplain management, sources of contamination and pollution, wetlands, and case studies of selected river basins.

GEOG/RGPL 415/515 - Introduction to Remote Sensing


Deals with air photographs, satellite imagery, thermal sensing, and radar imagery and their applications to deriving information about the earth's physical and cultural landscapes.

GEOG/RGPL 444/544 - Energy Development and Compliance I

Reviews and characterizes energy resource found in northern Appalachia and the logic and techniques used to identify, quantify. and regulate their development and extraction. Focuses in particular on the spatial dimension of shale gas, coal, and wind as major energy sources in northern Appalachia and deals with topics such as exploration, environmental and cultural compliance, logistics, production analysis, and infrastucture maintenance.

GEOG/RGPL 445/545 - Energy Development and Compliance II

Reviews and characterizes the spatial representation and analysis techniques used by public, private, and nonprofit entities engaged in the energy industries. Focuses in particular on the implementation of energy resource applications such as exploration and development, environmental and cultural compliance, logistics, production analysis. and infrastructure maintenance.