The CGR undertakes projects involving the use and integration of GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry and GPS methods and technologies for environmental and natural resource management applications.
For example, we have completed highly detailed vegetation maps of national parks in the southeastern United States, including Everglades, Biscayne and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Maps of additional parks, historic sites and battlefields (including Cowpens, Cumberland Gap, Mammoth Cave, Blue Ridge Parkway, Carl Sandburg Home, among others) are underway.
A multiyear contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is focused on assessing the potential of images recorded by the new generation of high-resolution commercial satellites for creating highly detailed map databases of littoral regions.
Other CGR projects have included evaluations of the cartographic potential of Landsat, SPOT and Shuttle Imaging Radar, photogrammetric assessments of erosion from cropland throughout the United States, automated feature extraction from satellite images for digital map revision and GIS studies of agricultural land, wetlands and tropical forests to assess man’s impact on the environment.