About Geography Realm

Geography Realm is an information site covering research and case studies about the applications of geography, geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial technologies, and cartography.   Find information on Geography Realm about physical and human geography as well as guides for learning about geography and developing a career in geography. Geography Realm covers a wide range of topics, including natural landscapes, climate patterns, cultural geography, cartography, and environmental issues.

Articles on this site are focused on geography concepts, advances in the field of geography including applications of geospatial technology, and hands on tutorials for analyzing and mapping spatial data. 

Who writes for Geography Realm?

The editor of this site is Caitlin Dempsey (bio below). Contributing writers are geographers Mark Altaweel, Marques Hayes, Jeff Oppong, and Katarina Samurović

Technology/Equipment used for geography articles

Maps credited to Geography Realm/Caitlin Dempsey are created using QGIS, an open source GIS software package. Base data comes from a variety of public domain sources including naturalearth.com, nasa.gov, and usgs.gov. All other geospatial data used to create maps is credited in the captions of each map.

Photographs credited to Geography Realm/Caitlin Dempsey are typically taken using a crop-sensor camera (Sony α6700) accompanied by the Sony APS-C E-Mount 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS lens.

GIS Lounge archives

GIS Lounge was merged with Geography Realm on November 28, 2023. All older GIS and geospatial articles formerly published on GISLounge.com are now archived on Geographyrealm.com.

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About the Editor

An experienced geographer

Caitlin started out in the GIS field as an intern for the National Park Service headquartered in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Before moving to municipal GIS she was a GIS analyst for a natural resource agency located in Topanga, California. In addition to her work with GIS Lounge, Caitlin Dempsey was the principal of DM Geographics, LLC, a geospatial consulting firm.

Citations of my published work: Google Scholar profile.

Educational background in geography

Caitlin earned her master’s degree in biogeography from UCLA and also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from SJSU. She spent her last year of graduate school sidestepping rattlesnakes (well, one at least) in an effort to look at the effects of hiking trails on native vegetation in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Thesis: Vegetation Structure in Northern Mixed Chaparral as Affected by Trail Usage and Location

From Caitlin Dempsey:

“Geography has powerful tools to help record, analyze and map spatial data. I’m here to help you learn more about geography and how researchers are using geospatial research to understand the world around us.”