Facilities and Equipment
- The new
home of the Department of Geography and Meteorology includes
classrooms, departmental and faculty offices, the VU Weather
Center, a Weather Observation Deck as well as plenty of
spaces for students, faculty, and visitors to gather and
to work collaboratively.
of the art classrooms in Kallay-Christopher Hall include
a 60 seat tiered classroom, a small classroom with moveable
seats designed to facilitate discussion, two laboratory
classrooms and a conference room. All classrooms offer full
multimedia capabilities and Internet access.
high-tech laboratory where students gain "hands-on"
experience and provide weather information and forecasts
for Northwest Indiana. This facility has an excellent array
of meteorological equipment, including a 55-foot instrumented
tower, UNIDATA McIDAS and GEMPAK data retrieval and display
systems, Meteorologix and WeatherTap NWS Doppler radar,
satellite and data feeds, as well as portable sensors and
Kallay Geographic Applications Laboratory
facility, outfitted with more than twenty Pentium 4 desktop
computers, provides access to powerful GIS, cartography,
and remote sensing software including ArcView, ArcGIS, and
Adobe Illustrator. Located in Schnabel 34. This is not an
open lab and access is limited to Geo/Met majors/minors
and other students taking classes in the lab. Geo/Met students
who would like access should see Rusta Ault.
- A five
Pentium IV LINUX cluster for faculty/student research and
education. Each LINUX system has the specs of Pentium IV
2.4 GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250 GB ATA 100 7200RPM
hard drive, Nvidia 64MB video, 52X CD-ROM reader.
Simultaneous dual-polarization Doppler radar. Located on
the west side of campus. It is used for student research
weather observation deck offers an unobstructed view of
the southern and western horizon. Located next to the Meteorology
lab classroom and the weather center the weather deck is
an ideal place for doing hands-on labs. In combination with
the windows in the Weather Center, it is possible to observe
all 360 degrees of the sky from the second floor of Kallay-Christopher
Hall. the Radiosonde Launcher is also located on the weather
- An automated
radiosonde launcher used for coursework and student research.
Inflates weather balloons and launches intstrument packages.
It can be controlled from the VU Weather Center.
Honda Pilot used during summer storm chases. Outfitted with
a variety of instruments during field studies.
in Schnabel Hall, the Weather Studio gives Meteorology students
the chance to learn the art of TV weather broadcasting.
on the roof of Kallay-Christopher Hall, the Total Sky Imager
takes pictures of the entire sky that can be used to measure
foot diameter rotating globe with cities that glow at
night. Located in the yellow stairwell.
Center Map Collection
- The map
collection located on the second floor of the Christopher
Center includes maps from the U.S. Geological Survey, National
Imagery and Mapping Agency, CIA and Departments of Agriculture
and Interior. The collection also contains National Geographic
maps, maps of cities in Indiana, the United States and the
in the map cabinets in the downstairs lab, the departmental
map collection includes selected USGS topographic maps for
all 50 states.
area adjacent to the Weather Center on the second floor
of Kallay-Christopher Hall where all students in the Department
of Geography and Meteorology are welcome to study. Includes
a wall sized map of the world as well a display area for
posting daily weather maps.
outside of faculty offices designed to encourage interaction
among faculty, students, and visitors. Location of faculty
mailboxes, 120 v. 2.0 amp high-speed, electric pencil sharpener
with shaving collection capabilities, and a two volume dictionary.
Often a very lively place!
- The conference
room has seating for 12 and is located adjacent to the GEO/MET
office. Also location of refrigerator and microwave oven.