LESAM is located in the Department of Geography and a collaborative interdisciplinary research laboratory linking the following research centers of excellence: NCGIAMCEER, and the Center for Geohazard Studies.

Members of LESAM work to develop and implement integrated, user-friendly analysis and modeling techniques using GIScience, Remote Sensing, Environmental Modeling, and readily available data sets to support rapid, practical and effective decision-making in managing natural resources and extreme events.