Past Projects

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.
GRSM Vegetation Overstory Map

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Overstory Vegetation

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.

Big Cypress National Preserve – ORV Impacts on Vegetation

Blue Ridge Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Fire Fuel Modeling

Littoral Mapping

National Park Vegetation Mapping

Sapelo Island

Social Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise

Trout Stream Mapping

USGS Great Smoky Mountains LiDAR and Orthophotos

Wildlife Disease