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Welcome Msg

Welcome Message From The Chair, Assoc Prof. Frank Mugagga
Hello and welcome to the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences, one of the Departments within the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University.
We offer crosscutting academic programmes and research, combining the aspects of Human, Physical and Environmental Geography. Our research foci spans climate science, climate change and earth observation; Coupled human-environment systems, demography and development; disaster risk management and reduction and Urban and regional systems, transformations and sustainability. We are a highly networked Department working with several local, regional and international collaborators to address some of the contemporary issues of our time. We are open to more partnerships and collaborations.

We are currently running the following graduate and undergraduate programmes;
1. PhD in Geography (by Research)
2. Master of Science in Climate Change and Sustainability
3. Masters of Geographical Sciences (2 years)
4. Master of Science in Disaster Risk Management (2years)
5. Master of Land use and Regional Development Planning (2 years)
6. Master of Science in Applied Meteorology (2 years)
7. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology (3 years)
8. Bachelor of Geographical Sciences (3 years)

The following programmes are in their final approval stages and will soon be launched;
1. PhD in Disaster Risk Management

Our strategic actions entail;
a. Mobilization of funding for research through competitive grants for students, research fellows and faculty
b. Wider dissemination of research results and policy engagements
c. Increased participation of departmental staff in events, conferences and workshops both national and international through their services to the professional and society
d. Functional research labs and new interdisciplinary research programs
e. Increased literacy and competency of students and department in computer and IT for E-learning, communication and research
f. Enhanced use of geo-information technology in spatial analysis and research by students and lecturers

We boast of the following state of art equipment and resources;
a. Eighteen full time Academic Staff, all qualified at PhD level.
b. GEONETCAST Satellite Receiver at CIT building
c. Equipped GIS laboratory with field equipment including GPS, Remote sensing, soil analysis and water testing
d. A functioning synoptic weather Station
e. An Urban Action Research Lab and the Habitat UNI on Climate Change Hub
f. Climate and Water Resources Center
g. Mountain Resources and Disaster Management Center
h. A well-stocked book bank

Organization of the Department
The Department is organized through Coordinators who assist the Head of Department in the day to day running of the affairs. These include;
1. Coordinator of Examinations
2. Coordinator of Graduate programmes
3. Coordinator of Undergraduate programmes (Bachelor Geographical Sciences)
4. Coordinator of Undergraduate Programmes (Bachelor of Science in Meteorology)
5. Secretary to the Departmental Academic Board
6. Secretary to the Departmental Appointments and Promotions Committee
7. Finance and Welfare Officer
8. Media Communications Officer

For more Information, please kindly reach us at;
Makerere University
Department of Geography, Geo-informatics & Climatic Sciences
P. O. Box 7062, Kampala (Uganda)
Tel: +256 414 531 261
Fax: +256 414 531 641
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