Geospatial Information Technology Laboratory

The Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT) are comprised of three major technologies; Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing (RS).

GIS is a powerful tool used for storing, displaying, and analyzing spatial data.  This tool is used in many applications such as: land use planning, natural resource management, global change analysis, environmental assessment and planning,  precision agriculture, emergency vehicle dispatch, demographic and overpopulation research, spread of disease, utilities planning, weather forecasting, and many business applications

GPS receives signals from satellites to determine your location on the Earth, and is used for data collection and navigation.  Onstar© uses GPS receivers in the vehicles in order to locate the vehicles.  GPS receivers can also be found in your cell phone and is activated when 911 is dialed.

RS uses many sensors including spectral, laser, and sonar to map the surface of the Earth.  Satellite and aerial imagery is commonly used in many online mapping systems, such as GoogleEarth©, MapQuest©, and Yahoo Maps©.

Our brand new facility is located in the Crop Research & Aquaculture Building.  The GeoTech lab houses new computer workstations, a large format printer, GPS units, and a large format digitizer.

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