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What is Geography?

The ground we walk on, the air we breathe, the crops we grow — geography surrounds us. Geographers study the interactions between natural elements of the environment, such as weather, plants, soils, and landforms. But it’s not just about dirt and water — it’s about people too. Our interactions with the environment — including our responses to environmental crises — have dramatic consequences for the future of our planet.

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Everything from your home to the grocery store — or even your entire neighborhood — likely had its location determined by a geographer. People who specialize in human or regional geography often work in city planning and policy development, and have a large influence on where we live, work, or travel. Physical geographers examine weather, climate, soil, and vegetative systems to determine their impact on our health. Want to chart a new course? Geomatics specialists study maps, satellite images, and information systems to gain a new understanding of Earth’s surface.

Career opportunities

  • City planning
  • Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Natural resource assessment and management
  • Agricultural development
  • Soil and resource conservation
  • Cartography

Bronwyn Butterfield

Student Profile - Bronwyn Butterfield

Studying human and physical geography has allowed Bronwyn Butterfield to see the world in a whole new way. Her undergraduate research into social and physical landscapes has taken her across Canada and around the world. Read Bronwyn’s Story.

Impact stories

UWinnipeg faculty, students, and alumni are leaving their mark in the field of geography. Read their stories:

Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

Harmful algal blooms investigated in water bodies across Canada

Visualizing climate change

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