W21-Undergraduate Research Projects

GEOG*4480 Applied Geomatics 2021 Projects

GEOG*4480 is the department’s capstone geomatics course, providing 4th year students with an opportunity to design and implement projects using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analytical methods. In the Winter 2021 semester, GEOG*4480 students took on projects addressing issues including food accessibility, satellite remote sensing, land cover change, urban infrastructure, natural resource conservation, and the environmental impacts of climate change. Many of this year’s student projects were carried out with in collaboration with various community partners, including Chalmer’s Community Services Centre, Shawanaga First Nation, Shared Value Solutions and Dufferin County Public Works Department. We are grateful to our partners for their input and support in these projects.

This course would not have been possible without the outstanding support of the two teaching assistants, Nigel van Nieuwenhuizen and Zohreh Alijani, who regularly met with students to assist them with all aspects of their project, from the research proposal to the final reports. Adam Bonnycastle, the Department’s Geomatics Specialist, also provided regular support by providing technical advice to myself, the TA’s and the students. Melissa Tanti at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) at the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences provided training support and facilitation for a number of the community-engaged projects shown here. Shannon Thibodeau from Student Engagement and Leadership and Quin Shirk-Luckett from the Data Resource Centre at the University of Guelph provided additional training support throughout the course. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the excellent IT and web publishing support provided by Gihan Sooriyabandara and Marie Puddister.

I would like to commend all our students for their impressive work on these projects, especially given the unprecedented challenge of doing so during a pandemic. I am proud of the work our students accomplished this semester.

Ben DeVries

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics


  "" Using a Multi-Criteria Evaluation Model to Assess the Impact of Climate Change on the Suitability of Agricultural Lands to Grow Rainfed Maize, Soybeans and Potatoes in Dufferin County

Chris Bennard | Jocelyn Widjaja | Esla Alaku

"" Evaluting Potential Relationships between Marginality and Healthy Food Access in Guelph, Ontario through Network Analysis

Rachael Fung | Thanuja Thavarasa

"" Assessing the Drivers of Mangrove Cover Change in the Mekong Delta Region Using GIS and Logistic Regression Analysis

Chi Tran | Natasha Brooks | Marcin Babol

"" Using a GIS-based Multi-Criteria Evaluation Model to Identify Suitable Spawning Habitat and Priority Restoration Sites for Lake

Elaina Cox | Eric Morgan | Breanna Redford

"" Classification of Asset Levels of Service within the Water Distribution System of Smiths Falls via Multi-Criteria Evaluations (MCE)

Rhiannon James | Carys Owen | Zane White

"" Spectral Detail versus Spatial Detail: A Land Cover Classification for Northeastern Georgian Bay Using Sentinel-2 Multispectra Imagery

Cameron Lacelle | Zhaoshu Shi

"" Quantifying Runoff Generation Mechanisms in the Grand River Watershed and their Relationship to Nutrient Concentrations using MCE

Claire Haar | Nicolas Perciballi | Nicholas Puopolo

"" Application of LiDAR-Derived Data using Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) and Stochastic Modelling; A Flood Risk Analysis of the Mersey River, Nova Scotia

Daniel Almuina Pica | Alejandro Nieto Rodriguez | Tyler Strange

"" Does Climate Change Affect the Spread of Beech Bark Disease Across Ontario? A Predictive Forescast Model on the Spread of Beech Bark Disease

Kaylee Bigelow | Cameron Guitard | Jonah Stegman

"" Identifying Areas of Greatest Heat Vulnerability in Dufferin County's Orangeville, Shelburne and Grand Valley using an MCE in GIS

Jamie Barnes | Alexander Boekestyn | Aneta Brynkus


The projects presented here were created by students at the University of Guelph as part of an undergraduate course in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. The reports included here are not peer-reviewed and are not intended to reflect the aims, objectives or policies of any level of government or any external organizations referenced in these projects. While we strive to educate the students on making their files AODA compliant, they do not necessarily meet this compliancy standard.

Past student research projects Winter 2020