Everything is Spatial and Location Matters
NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics is the foremost research center of its kind in the nation. Forestry and Environmental Resources faculty in the Center work alongside top researchers, policy experts and leaders in industry to apply geospatial analytics to a host of problems. Their work serves a common purpose: advancing innovative solutions to grand environmental and social challenges, and many of their tools and applications are open-source, free and adaptable for others to use.
Research and teaching in spatial modeling, measurement, visualization and remote sensing are critical in preparing students for professional success, serving the forest industry, and forging new scientific understanding of forests and environmental resources. Technological advances such as the proliferation of Earth observing satellites, phone-based location services and UAS technology, and a growing recognition of the importance of spatial relationships like epidemiology have made geospatial analytics more important than ever.
The teaching and practice of geospatial analytics continues to evolve to meet the growing demand for this essential science in everyday professions. As an enduring core strength in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, geospatial analytics continues to specialize in research areas related to spatial modeling, geovisualization, statistics and remote sensing.
Geospatial Analytics Research Features
Taking Research with Drones to New Heights
NC State alum and current doctoral student Will Reckling is putting drones to work in new and unique ways to monitor the environment––from finding rare plants on the tops of mountains to mapping harmful algal blooms.
UAVs and Christmas Trees: New Research to Help NC Growers Benefit From Drone Technology
A new partnership between NC State’s Christmas Tree Extension Team and Center for Geospatial Analytics will test how drones can help NC Christmas tree growers more efficiently monitor tree size and health.
Custom Geospatial Tool Helps National Park Service Better Predict Fire Risk on Florida’s River of Grass
A custom mapping tool developed by researchers at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University is helping the National Park Service to quickly and easily map water levels––and forecast fire risk.
Meet Our Geospatial Analytics Faculty
Interested in Geospatial Analytics research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.