Geography & Environment Update

Dr. Marvin Creamer returned to Rowan University to retell his epic journey of sailing around the world using no navigational devices. (See above. From left: Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Scott, Professor Charles McGlynn, Department Chair Dr. John Hasse, Wife Elaine, Dr. Marv Creamer, John Reiser, Professor Katrinka Somdahl-Sands and Laura Ruthig.) Dr. Creamer will be returning on March 23rd, 2013 for an event in his honor. Additional details to follow in upcoming months. For more information on his visit to Rowan check out this article in The Whit.

Also, this week the Department Geography & Environment have launched their inaugural newsletter. The newsletter, “Thirty-Nine, Seven,” will be published every two months (about twice a semester). Our aim is to keep students, alumni and friends of the department informed about what is going on in our corner of the world. Check out the PDF version by clicking the link below!

G&E – October Newsletter

Rowan Professor Sails Around the World Using Only the Stars : A Talk with Marv Creamer

Save the date: Thursday, September 20th 2012

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a particularly monumental feat. One that no other human before or since has accomplished. On December 21, 1982 Marv Creamer, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Geography department, set sail on the Globe Star from Cape May, New Jersey on an unprecedented journey to sail around the world with no navigational aids, not even a clock.

After 510 days of raging seas and unrelenting obstacles, Creamer returned to the safe harbors of New Jersey. So, why did he do it? How did he manage to pull it off? What happened along the way? This is his story. And he is an AMAZING storyteller.

Please join us in welcoming Marv Creamer back to Rowan University and celebrating his tremendous feat.

Marv will be speaking on Thursday, September 20th at 4:45 in Rowan Hall Auditorium. The talk will also be part of the Rowan Seminar Passport Program series.

“What we demonstrated,” he concludes, “is that information taken from the sea and sky can be used for fairly safe navigation. How far pre-Columbians sailed on the world’s oceans we do not know; however, it is my hope that the GLOBE STAR voyage will provide researchers with a basis for assuming that long-distance navigation without instruments is not only possible, but could have been done with a fair degree of confidence and accuracy.” -Marv Creamer


Field work with the Guard

Today, the GeoLab students working on the National Guard GIS Internship are out in the field at the Atlantic City readiness center.


While it’s a hot day, they jumped right in to collecting facilities data on the site.

They’re using Trimble GPS units, GPS-enabled camcorders and a laser rangefinder and metric tape to capture as much information on the site as possible. The data will then be used for facilities, engineering, master planning, and updates to the Army’s real property inventory.


Feel free to contact us if you’d like to find out more about our internship programs.

published from the field in the sweltering heat

Interactive maps comparing the 2000 and 2010 Census

Steven Romalewski pointed us to a really great map put together by the Center for Urban Research, out of the Graduate Center of CUNY.

Visualizing a Changing Region, block by block

While it does not cover the entire state of New Jersey, it does cover a large chunk and a majority of the population in the state. The analysis dovetails nicely with our research studying land use changes over time. It is also a really slick, well designed interface. They spent the effort customizing OpenLayers to get the slider interface to work just right, and I think it adds a new element to exploring and comparing data from two different time periods.

Summer work in the GeoLab

Campus has gotten considerably more quiet and calm since the end of the spring semester. While most of the students are gone for the summer, there are still a few taking courses during our summer sessions. Those not taking classes are working on internships. The students in the National Guard internship are out at the armories in the state, collecting data. Other students working on internships with the GeoLab include studying land use patterns around proposed rail stations and updating maps of the campus. We’ll be posting updates (with pictures and video) of the work our interns are doing throughout the semester.