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World’s Top Geographers Meeting in San Diego

SDSU to host Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Conference

San Diego has long been a top destination for travel, tourism and now—geography.

Hundreds of geographers will gather in San Diego to discuss everything from geographic information systems to cultural geography as SDSU’s geography department hosts the Association of Pacific Coast Geographer (APCG)'s 74th annual conference, September 30–October 3, 2009.

"Geography is so much more than knowing about mountains and the names of state capitals," said Stuart Aitken, chair of SDSU's geography department and president of the APCG. "Geographers look at the complex relations between the physical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts of places, as well as their natural resources."

Hot topics in geography

Featuring some of the preeminent thinkers in the field, the conference provides a forum in which professional geographers from the Pacific Coast region can meet with each other and students to discuss the most pressing issues in geography.

Topics range from global warming trends to ever growing GPS technologies, from San Diego's day labor markets to arctic accessibility, from snowmelt in the Amazon Basin to child migration and from future scenarios for our national borders to cutting edge cartography.

"We look at the dynamics between local places and global change and the technologies that help us know more about the world,"said Aitken. "Those are the kinds of things that people are coming to this conference to learn about."

Conference highlights

Breakout sessions deal with human geography and social issues and how growing technologies play a part in affecting the dynamics between people. San Diego, with its lush and diverse location, terrain and people, provides an excellent city for hosting a conference based on recognizing the importance of such an environment.

Attendees can also participate in field trips throughout San Diego, including to Torrey Pines State Park, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, several of the region’s lagoons and a walking tour of downtown San Diego. In addition, the latest technologies used in the industry will be displayed in the conference exhibit hall.

The conference is open to the public and costs $125 for the entire weekend. Local community college and high school students can sign up for reduced registration ($30–$40), and special $10 day passes are available for all students. For more information, please email