DFW adds one person to its population every four minutes
What do Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and other cities worldwide share in common? They are growing ... and fast. In fact, DFW is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, adding another person to its population every four minutes! These striking images taken from satellites in space show how Earth’s landscapes are transformed with the rapid creep of urbanization, http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/road-to-rio/satellite-photos-urban-sprawl/index.html. These images also highlight the pressing need to characterize patterns of urban expansion and understand the processes underlying them. Why is DFW growing so rapidly? What are the consequences of urbanization for human populations and the environment? How can we best manage Earth’s resources and utilize lands to sustain this rapid growth? Can we make our cities more sustainable?
If these questions interest you, then you may well find a home in geography. At UNT, we offer highly marketable skills you need to attack these questions. Remote sensing and geographic information systems can be used to map and analyze urban processes. A focus on physical geography will give you the fundamentals you need to understand the environmental consequences of human activity. An emphasis on human geography will allow you to examine the societal impacts of urban development, whether social, economic, or cultural. By improving your understanding of past societies, environmental archaeology will help you understand the present dynamics of urban areas.
Geographers are prepared for a wide range of careers in urban environments, including environmental management, sustainable development, public health and safety, natural resources management, and business marketing – these fields affect and are affected by urbanization.
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