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Picture This: Geospatial Facility Aids Many Fields

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Until recently, researchers interested in analyzing fire risks would be hard-pressed to work on a scale that can account for differences between one homeowner’s property and another’s. But the new Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) allows CNR researchers to do just that.

As shown in the images to the left, layers of data are integrated to give researchers a nuanced understanding of how landscape features, city infrastructure, and built structures correlate with parcel-specific fire risks.

By combining remote sensing and spatial analysis tools that make such data-rich visualizations possible, the GIF vastly increases the possibilities for students and scientists. What’s best, the technology can be applied in many fields, from agriculture to public health to wildlife conservation. Not only is the facility home to cutting-edge technologies, it is also a training facility for researchers and students new to the exploding field of geospatial imaging.


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