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GDCS Locations

GDCS facilities are equally spread between Arizona and Hawaiʻi


GDCS-Arizona is housed in ASU’s Biodesign Institute C research building, the 2019 award-winning recipient of Engineering News Record’s national Best of the Best Project in the Higher Education/Research category. The five-story building encompasses over 188,000 square feet and boasts cutting edge wet and dry laboratories for chemistry, engineering, and the biological sciences. In late 2019, Biodesign Institute C achieved LEED Platinum status, the highest LEED rating available, from the U.S. Green Building Council for its exemplary architectural innovation in sustainability and energy efficiency. GDCS labs in the Biodesign Institute house our high-tech global ecology mapping and analysis program including the Global Airborne Observatory, Allen Coral Atlas, Planet Incubator Program, DREAMS Lab, and Spectranomics Program. These programs employ the latest in computational artificial intelligence, chemometrics, biospheric spectroscopy, airborne and satellite remote sensing, autonomous environmental measurements, and more to probe Earth’s ecosystems at unprecedented scales and with unmatched detail.


GDCS-Hawaiʻi is headquartered in the ASU Pacific Ridge-to-Reef Program, located in a joint facility in Hilo, Hawaiʻi that is administered by the US Forest Service. The Hilo facility houses computational and chemical labs, offices, conference rooms, and field operations space. GDCS-Hawaiʻi is located next door to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, fostering inter-university collaboration across the Hawaiian Islands. GDCS also operates major program elements along the West Hawaiʻi Island coastline, including Honokohau Harbor north of Kailua-Kona and Miloliʻi Village in South Kona District. From both locations, GDCS scientists operate large and small vessels for reef research and conservation applications. West Hawaiʻi is also home to the ASU Coral Atlas Laboratory, a network of field sites and land-based partners linking community-scale research and outreach to the global ASU Allen Coral Atlas program that seeks to map the world’s coral reefs with aircraft and satellite technology.

GDCS Arizona
Biodesign Institute C building, 5th floor
1001 South McAllister Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287

Phone: 480-727-7896

GDCS Hawaii
60 Nowelo Street
Hilo HI 96720