Spatiality-using concepts of space and place to understand patterns and processes-is found across many academic disciplines at the spatial university. This chapter outlines how spatial sciences both enhance and are furthered by work in an array of fields. It first offers an overview of the breadth of work going on at the spatial university, from arts and humanities to the social, natural, policy, and health sciences. It then provides specific examples of the spatial sciences at the university as advanced by researchers in natural resources, remote sensing, computer sciences, polar research, supercomputing, and geography and CyberGIS. The chapter then examines how a range of centers and groups are using spatial approaches to deal with topics in geology, population, urban affairs, informatics, environment, food protection, and health. We also showcase how the advancement in spatial sciences at the University of Minnesota benefits various domain knowledge areas. In sum, while this chapter can only scratch the surface in describing the range of research at the spatial university, it handily demonstrates how spatiality is central to range of important scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuilding the Spatial University
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Thinking, Learning, and Service Throughout the System
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030928476
ISBN (Print)9783030928469
StatePublished - Feb 23 2022

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  • Geospatial
  • GISc
  • Spatial research


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