About our Center

CGR BuildingThe Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) at The University of Georgia undertakes interdisciplinary research projects requiring the development of image and map data processing technologies for applications in the physical, biological and mapping sciences. The specialties of the Center’s multidisciplinary staff encompass the full range of geographic information science including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing/digital image processing, digital photogrammetry, image interpretation, Global Positioning System (GPS) surveys and software development focused on applications in ecology, forestry, geography, geology and hydrology.

Lake MarionIn late 2011, CGR finished the most detailed orthophoto and LiDAR mapping ever done for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We continue to collaborate with the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, the UGA  College of Environment and Design (CED), as well as the Geology, Psychology and Anthropology Departments and the Warnell School of Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the National Park Service.

The Center has 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, among others) were completed in 2010.

A multiyear contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) 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.

Our name was changed from Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS) to Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) in February, 2012, to better reflect our current research interests and expertise.