Geospatial Program Area

We help researchers work with geospatial data for all their research needs.

Contact Information:  Steve Gaughan, Research Facilitator / GIS Applications Specialist (questions, schedule a meeting)


Locations: By appointment / Zoom / remote, 4 Currier Place, Hanover, NH 03755   map location

Services (see also examples toward the end of this page) :
  • Consulting services, spatial data workflows
  • Mapping
  • Historical map scanning, data extraction, and transformation
  • Geocoding street addresses
  • Workshops
  • Guest lecturing
  • X-hour teaching 
  • Web-mapping
  • Data transformation and data visualization
  • ESRI / ArcGIS 
  • Spatial processing and visualization with R 
  • Spatial processing and visualization with Python 
  • SQL database extraction and loading

Geographic Information Systems are systems to create, store, view, edit, analyze, visualize, and export data that is tied to locations on the earth’s surface.

We support and provide GIS software and training, and our GIS Application Specialist offers expert consultations and assistance.

We teach workshops, typically announced in the first week or two of the term.  For a list of workshops, see 

Research Contributions

Companion website to “National attribution of historical climate damages” 
Published 12 July 2022 in the Journal Climate Change
volume 172, Article number: 40 (2022)

Footprint evidence of early hominin locomotor diversity at Laetoli, Tanzania Published 01 December 2021 in the Journal Nature

Nature:  volume 600, pages 468–471

Ellison J. McNutt, Kevin G. Hatala, Catherine Miller, James Adams, Jesse Casana, Andrew S. Deane, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Kallisti Fabian, Luke D. Fannin, Stephen Gaughan, Simone V. Gill, Josephat Gurtu, Ellie Gustafson, Austin C. Hill, Camille Johnson, Said Kallindo, Benjamin Kilham, Phoebe Kilham, Elizabeth Kim, Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, Blaine Maley, Anjali Prabhat, John Reader, Shirley Rubin, Nathan E. Thompson, Rebeca Thornburg, Erin Marie Williams-Hatala, Brian Zimmer, Charles M. Musiba & Jeremy M. DeSilva
Nature Volume 600, pages 468–471

Surface Contour Extraction, Transformation, and Visualization 

New Guinea bone daggers were engineered to preserve social prestige
Nathaniel J. Dominy, Samuel T. Mills, Christopher M. Yakacki, Paul B. Roscoe, and R. Dana Carpenter

Published 25 April 2018 in the Journal Royal Society Open Science

Publication-quality maps 

The Dialogues Bioregional Project: Landscape Ecology in Central Italy from the Sixth Century to the Present
Damiano Benvegnù

Published 31 December 2019 in the Journal Humanist Studies & the Digital Age

Web Mapping with Leaflet.js

Machine Learning and Image classification with ArcGIS & Python Code

Data Extraction from scanned historical Maps

Shimásání dóó shicheii bi’ólta’ – My Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s School: The Old Leupp Boarding School, A Historic Archaeological Site on the Navajo Reservation. Two Bears, Davina Ruth.  Indiana UniversityProQuest Dissertations Publishing, Degree Year2019. 22616943.

Google Earth Engine

Google Earth Engine Sentinel-2 Remote Sensing time-series data –  Scripting with Javascript and Python to analyze satellite imagery 

Geocoding street addresses to base maps

We support developing reproducible workflows for research using R and Python with spatial libraries and spatial data.



Current-term workshops, in-person or via Zoom: 

supported software:

Software as a service: Software-As-A-Service browser-based applications

ArcGIS 10.8 link for instructions and to download ArcGIS Desktop  (network and standalone licenses available)

ArcGIS Pro link for instructions and to download ArcGIS Desktop  (network and standalone licenses available)

ArcGIS Online browser-based Software-As-A-Service available to Dartmouth through a web browser. Visit this link for Dartmouth’s ArcGIS Online system. Click “Sign In” > Dartmouth College, and sign in with your Dartmouth Single-Sign-On credentials to create an account.  For more details on ArcGIS Online, see

Google Maps / MyMaps from Google Suite is available through a web browser.  Log in to Google Drive (  In the upper right, click the Google Apps ‘waffle’ icon, and click “Maps”.  In the upper left of Maps, click the three-line ‘pancake’ icon, choose “Your Places” > Maps > Create Map

Additional links and resources: 

Geospatial Analysis—A Comprehensive Guide, 6th edition; 2007–2018; de Smith, Goodchild, Longley.

Leaflet and Folium – and

Geographic Information Systems, Dawsen, Christopher J.
New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2011

Getting to know ArcGIS Desktop, Ormsby, Tim

The ESRI guide to GIS analysis
Mitchell, Andy

Geographic Information Systems and Science, Longley, Paul

GIS Concepts and ArcGIS Methods by David M. Theobald

Stephen P. Gaughan

GIS Applications Specialist


or visit GIS Office Hours: