You use them every day. From asking your smartphone to find the best route to a concert, to guiding the efficient arrival of emergency services when you need them most, geospatial technologies are the tools that merge our physical surroundings with the technology we need to navigate our world.

Not only are we reliant on it for everyday tasks, so are the businesses, industries and agencies that make decisions on things like natural resources management, security, recreation, healthcare, transportation and utilities. Every day, the need for geospatial technologies gains momentum: from self-driving cars to drones delivering packages, to mapping our planet’s changes for assessing the impact of climate change – geospatial technologies are the foundation for how we live today and how we will navigate our futures.
With all of this in mind, the seven campuses of the University of Maine are partnering with agencies, industries and communities to build a central resource to take on geospatial science and technology as a collaborative project in which everyone can participate. This resource is the Maine Geospatial Institute.


In the News:

Find your next courses in geographic information systems and related disciplines

January 11, 2021

See Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 course offerings from across the University of Maine System.

Link to MGI Course Listings webpagepage.


“Navigating Your Geospatial Future,” a virtual discussion with Maine geospatial technologies leaders

November 19, 2020

Listen to the experts discuss careers and the future of the industry (External Site) on November 18, 2020.

Link to Navigating Your Geospatial Future video (External Site)


Maine Geospatial Institute Celebrated “World GIS Day” With Virtual Events for Mainers of All Ages

November 19, 2020

Learn more about MGI’s celebration of World GIS Day, held on November 18, 2020.

Link to GIS Day Events


“Map Your Maine” state-wide collaborative online mapping project draws more than 100 participants

November 19, 2020

Mainers of all ages shared their favorite photos of places in Maine to a mapping project: See the map here! (External Site)

Link to Interactive Map (External Site)


UMaine researchers team up to develop AI to count, identify birds in aerial photos

October 5, 2020

Read about a project using machine learning technology to pinpoint colonial nesting birds (External Site) in photos captured by cameras mounted in unmanned aerial vehicles, featuring Dr. Cynthia Loftin of the Maine Geospatial Institute.

Link to UMaine News Article: UMaine researchers team up to develop AI to count, identify birds in aerial photos (External Site)


New data science project to model range shifts of hundreds of plant and animal species in New England

September 21, 2020

Read about an interdisciplinary research initiative designed to predict species movement in New England (External Site), featuring Dr. Matthew Dube of the Maine Geospatial Institute.

Link to UMaine News Article: UMaine researchers team up to develop AI to count, identify birds in aerial photos (External Site)


Sea-Level Rise: How Bad Will It Get, How Are Maine Communities Preparing & What Can Individuals Do?

September 15, 2020

Listen to National Public Radio’s Maine Calling discussion on sea-level rise (External Site), featuring Dr. Tora Johnson of the Maine Geospatial Institute.

Link to National Public Radio's Maine Calling discussion on sea-level (External Site)