Purpose of Collection:

The Geography and Geomatics collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Geography is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields within FASS, STEM, and FPA.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Geography Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Geographic Thought
    • Philosophy and Methodology
    • Geographical perception, field observations
    • Quantitative revolution
    • Feminist and postcolonial theories
    • Critical geography
    • Indigenous
    • Communicty based research
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Methods
    • Theory and methods of qualitative research (data collection, participant observation, positivism, constructivism, critical theories)
    • Statistical methods (inferential, graphical and numerical tools)
    • Modelling environmental systems
    • Empirical and physical/numeral modelling
    • Multivariate quantitative methods (statistical, mathematical and computational)
    • Artificial intelligence, machine learning
    • Analysis of 'big data'
  • Physical Geography
    • Climatology, surface microclimatology, eddy covariance
    • Meteorology, weather, climate, radiation, energy balance, weather forecasting
    • Hydrologic studies, surface water, groundwater, precipitation, runoff, atmospheric moisture
    • Geomorphology, landforms and change (floods, landslides, erosion), topography
    • Biogeography, methods in paleoecology, dendrochronology, paleo-limnology
    • Geo-cryology, permafrost studies, tundra
    • Glaciology
    • Forestry, wetland ecosystems, peatlands
    • Physical, chemical and biological oceanography, bathymetry
    • Soils studies, mineralogical/chemical; quaternary, geomorphology/geotechnical studies
    • Biogeochemistry – carbon, nitrogen and other biogeochemical cycles
  • Resource Development & Conservation
    • Land classification and land use mapping
    • Canadian agriculture, sustainability and agribusiness
    • Rural development planning, domestic and developing countries
    • Environmental impact assessment, processes, anthropogenic impact
    • Economics of global environmental change, wealth, and resources
    • Natural resources, management, human ecology, environmental policy and protection
    • Political ecology
    • Human dimensions of climate change
  • Urban Studies and Globalization
    • Urban governance, urban and regional planning in global north and global south
    • Cities, urban sustainability, urban political ecology, climate change, quality of life
    • Housing and homelessness, human rights, immigration, urban inequality, social justice, discrimination
    • Geographical aspects of globalization, historic, current and future
    • Economic geography, urban political economy, wealth, resources and geo-economic power
    • Cities and colonialism, settler colonialism
    • Urban food insecurity, local food systems
    • Labour and legal geographies
  • Culture, Place, and Time
    • Cultural and historical geography including land settlement patterns
    • Ethnicity, population characteristics and distribution
    • Landscapes, empire and colonialism, migration, transnationalism
    • Population health and spatial epidemiology
    • Contemporary Geopolitics – territory and boundaries
    • Toponymy – Canada
    • Indigenous-non-indigenous relations
  • Geomatics
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (infrastructure, models, geo-referencing, implementation and applications)
    • Maps, Satellites, GPS (decision support systems, data formats, pattern analysis)
    • Air Photo Interpretation (visual interpretation of land use, landforms, surficial material)
    • Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (land cover classification, calibration, reflectance effects)
    • Geospatial Analysis (environmental models, landscape patterns, data visualization, spatial modelling, raster and vector GIS)
    • Radar, LiDAR, hyperspectral
    • Cartographic Theory and Design (cartographic communication and map design)
    • Web GIS
    • Surveying, geodesy, Global Navigation Support Systems (GNSS)
    • Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones
    • Historical GIS
    • Spatial humanities
  • Northern Studies
    • Regional geography of the Canadian Arctic
    • Climate change, Permafrost, Glaciers, Sea ice, Snow
    • Transportation
    • Northern public policy
    • Mining and resource extraction
    • Economic development
    • Tourism (adventure tourism, cruise ships, etc)
    • Health and wellness, Housing, Education, Suicide and suicide prevention
    • Indigenous self-determination
    • Northern governance. [Inuit Nunangat; Inuit Land Claims]
    • Decolonization
    • Alaska, Greenland, Yukon, North West Territories, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Inuit, Dene/Athapaskan
    • Inuktitut/Inuktut/Inuit languages
  • Environment
    • Environmental Ethics and Values
    • Climate change
    • Natural Laws and Environmental Quality Laws
    • Global Environmental Systems
    • People, Place and Environments
    • Technology and Environment
    • Interdisciplinary Science and Human Impact
    • Sustainable food systems
    • Energy
    • Environmental assessment
    • Environmental activism, environmental racism, environmental justice
    • Political ecology

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All geographical locations with focus on Canada and the Arctic.


English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are selectively purchased and at the specific request of faculty.


  • Monographs, journals, handbooks, government documents, maps, atlases, cartographic materials
  • ​Selectively: textbooks, translations, conference proceedings, audiovisual materials


  • Biographies, dissertations, popular press items, working papers, pamphlets, newsletters

Additional Collection Information

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