The NCGIA was founded in 1988 as a National Science Foundation center for research in geographic information and its related technologies. The Center is based at three sites in the United States: here at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo), at the University of California at Santa Barbara (NCGIA-UCSB), and at the University of Maine (NCGIA-Maine).
The Buffalo site of the NCGIA (NCGIA-Buffalo) manages the Buffalo portion of the national center, supports a range of research grants and programs, and coordinates GIScience activities on campus. NCGIA-Buffalo is an organized research unit of the University at Buffalo, facilitating an active and interdisciplinary research community. More about us.
The Geographic Information and Analysis Laboratory (GIAL) is a multipurpose facility shared by the Department of Geography and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). The laboratory supports the teaching and research needs of Geography faculty and staff, graduate, and undergraduate studies.