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:

Join the Latest Lunch & Learn with GIS Aviation Expert Tony Cole

April 20, 2021

The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine invites you to join a Lunch & Learn program with Geography-Anthropology alumnus, Tony Cole, about his GIS work at ForeFlight. The program will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at noon EST. Join the Lunch & Learn with GIS Aviation Expert Tony Cole zoom session here (External Site). Password is 568866.

University of Southern Maine Logo - Link to zoom meeting for April 28, 2021 Lunch & Learn (External Site)


Lunch & Learn With Sewall Geographic Solutions

March 25, 2021

The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine invites you to join a Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. This event will feature Nasir Shir and Justin Mugnai of the Sewall company, discussing GIS sharing demonstrations of current projects. Learn more about Lunch & Learn With Sewall Geographic Solutions and join the program here. (External Site)

University of Southern Maine Logo - Link to more info on Lunch & Learn (External Site)


Gain an in-demand credential in geographic information systems (GIS) applications

March 25, 2021

We invite you to join Dr. Tora Johnson, director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center at the University of Maine at Machias, for a live, virtual presentation and Q&A session on 100% online degrees (External Site) and certificates (External Site) in geographic information systems at 6 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 8.

The informal open house is open to prospective students of all ages and backgrounds. Working professionals and degree-holders looking to pursue a flexible, part-time online certificate are especially encouraged to attend!

Register for the event today! You’ll receive a Zoom invite via email.

Thursday, April 8, 6 P.M. EDT

Click here to register for the GIS Virtual Open House! (External Site)

Logo for University of Maine at Machias


Aroostook geologist unearths fossils that provide new history for Fish River chain of lakes

March 17, 2021

Read about MGI professor Chunzeng Wang’s research at the Fish River chain of lakes area in the Bangor Daily News (External Site).

Bangor Daily News Logo - Link to Fish River chain of lakes article (External Site)


Find your next courses in geographic information systems and related disciplines

March 17, 2021

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

Link to MGI Course Listings webpagepage.


Join these webinars

February 19, 2021

Canada’s Conservation Biology Institute and Society for Conservation GIS are offering a Spring 2020 Webinar Series: a Geospatial Conservation Showcase! Tap into these exciting resources by learning more and registering now at Conservation Biology Institute’s website (External Site).

Conservation Biology Institute Logo - Link to Conservation Biology Institute website (External Site)


Prospective students, this one’s for you!

February 19, 2021

Want to learn more about MGI, the University of Maine System, and have an opportunity to connect to all of our campuses? Join one of the virtual college fairs to speak directly with MGI faculty and students, and learn how to enter for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Learn more about the event, check out the schedule, and register at the University of Maine System Virtual Fair webpage.

Link to MGI Course Listings webpagepage.


Learn more about election mapping

February 15, 2021

A Maine GIS User Group’s Virtual Lunch & Learn featured MGI’s Dr. Matt Dube on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. See Dr. Dube discuss an innovative approach to analyzing potential redistricting plans against counterfactual samples, an important step in the decadal process of reapportionment which the country will be engaged in for the next year. This talk will detail research that has been conducted for the past five years between the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Watch the video here (External Site).

Maine GIS User Group Logo - Link to Election Mapping Video (External Site)


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)