Association of American Geographers
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. The AAG advances professional studies in geography and encourages the application of geographic research in education, government, and business. It promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, supports the publication of scholarly studies, and performs services to aid the advancement of its members and the field of geography. Its 6,500 members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), the monthly AAG Newsletter, and the activities of its nine Regional Divisions and 53 Specialty Groups.
American Geographical Society
Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States. It is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in geographical research and education. The mission of the American Geographical Society is to link business, professional, and scholarly worlds in the creation and application of geographical knowledge and techniques to address economic, social, and environmental problems. The Society's work serves to increase geographical knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world.
Through its landmark publications, the Geographical Review and Focus magazine, and through assorted consulting and lecture services, the AGS excels in presenting clearly and concisely relevant geographical information that can be understood by the general public as well as by professional geographers. It has been noted for pioneering work in exploration and cartography; for amassing the foremost geographical research library in the Western Hemisphere; and for research, mapping, and consulting services for government and business at the highest levels.
National Council for Geographic Education
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. To meet its mission, the NCGE: 1) Promotes the importance and value of geographic education; 2) Enhances the preparation of geographic educators with respect to their knowledge of content, techniques, and learning processes; 3) Facilitates communication among teachers of geography; 4) Encourages and supports research on geographic education; 5) Develops, publishes, and promotes the use of curriculum, resource, and learning materials: and 6) Cooperates with other organizations that have similar goals.
New York Geographical Alliance
The New York Geographical Alliance (NYGA) seeks to promote and improve geographic education from kindergarten through university throughout New York State. Most of the NYGA's 3,500 members are K-12 teachers, but the membership also includes college and university professors, school administrators, and others interested in the NYGA's mission.
The NYGA is part of a nationwide network of state geographic alliances sponsored by the National Geographic Society's Geography Education Program (GEP). The goal of the GEP is to revitalize geographic education within the nation's classrooms. Financial support for the New York Geographic Alliance comes largely from the National Geographic Society with assistance from the New York State Education Department, foundations and corporations. Membership in the New York Geographic Alliance is free and open to anyone interested in geographic education.
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies.
The ASPRS has officially incorporated the tag line "The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society," as part of the ASPRS identity. This tagline is representative of the Society's "New Vision," as it makes the changes necessary to better position its focus for the future.
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) is a nonprofit association dedicated to serving the public interest and advancing the profession of surveying and mapping. ACSM's more than 8,000 individual members are surveyors, cartographers, geodesists, GIS/LIS experts, and related professionals from private industry, government, and academia. The Association also has corporate members who provide high-quality products and services to the surveying and mapping profession.
ACSM offers members the opportunity to open doors to all the information needed to keep up-to-date on the latest and most crucial issues of the profession.
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified< Planners, are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning -- physical, economic, and social -- at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and society more effectively.
NCGE Remote Sensing Task Force
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) was organized in 1914 to promote and improve the effectiveness of education in geography. To meet this goal, the NCGE has established several committees and task forces. The Remote Sensing Task Force was organized to improve geographic education at all instructional levels through remote sensing. The Task Force is interested in promoting remote sensing as a means for students to gain a synoptic understanding of the Earth's landscape and to assist teachers in learning how to apply remote sensing materials and techniques in the classroom. The Task Force is involved in several projects, several of which are identified below. Also, listed below are the members of the Task Force who serve five year terms.