Human Geography

Human geography is a branch of geography that focuses on the study of the human population and their cultural, economic, and social interactions with the environment. It examines the distribution of human populations across the globe, the impact of human activity on the natural environment, and the ways in which people use and manage natural resources.

Learn about the different areas of human geography including economic geography, population geography, cultural geography, and more.

A small child riding a kids red play scooter on a sidewalk.

Using GIS to Design Child-Friendly Cities

Mark Altaweel

Using GIS, cities can design child-friendly pedestrian pathways that prioritize children's interests and safety, promoting urban living and sustainability.

A series of maps measuring heat stress and heat risk reduction in a neighborhood in Washington D.C. and the relationship to urban tree cover.

Urban Tree Canopy Affects How Heat Stress Impacts Residents

Mark Altaweel

Minority and low-income neighborhoods have 11% fewer trees, are 1.5°C hotter, and have 14% more impervious surfaces than wealthier, whiter areas.

Photo of the Espada Acequia in San Antonio, Texas.

Acequias in the Southwest U.S.

Caitlin Dempsey

In New Mexico and other Southwestern states, acequias are channels that are dug to divert water from snow runoff and rivers in order to irrigate fields.

A small brown bird holding a small caterpillar.

How Inequality Affects Urban Wildlife

Mark Altaweel

More access to green space and mature trees in wealthier neighborhoods in the United States has also led to a greater diversity of wildlife in those areas.

A couple of small white boats on a hazy day out in the ocean with the coastline in the background.

Mapping Human Activities in the Oceans

Mark Altaweel

Geospatial technologies are being used to map human activities in our oceans, from fishing to transport.

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