The Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies is recognized as a center-of-excellence for education and research on earth's systems. We use state-of-the-art technology to answer important scientific questions such as:
- What factors influence crop productivity?
- How many species live in what ecosystems, and where and how is species richness changing?
- How do plants respond to stress and to changing ecological conditions?
- Can we pinpoint vegetation budbreak and senescence? Can we use this information to inform management practices?
- How has our landscape changed over the years, and what impact have these changes had on protected species and ecosystems?
- What is the status of our water table? Has it changed? How can we best manage our water resources to remain one of the most productive agricultural centers in the world?
We want to provide objective answers these questions using the most advanced scientific techniques available. Remote sensing techniques provide us with rich datasets that reveal secrets not visible to the naked eye. Our data come from instruments mounted on satellites, airplanes, ground-level trams, and at the ground or leaf level. We use geographical positioning systems (GPS) to link every datapoint to a location on the earth, providing a rich spatial data component that can be used in sophisticated statistical analyses. We also use geographical information systems (GIS) to map and further analyse these data. These combined resources provide us with detailed descriptions and pictures of our world that reveal patterns and trends we would not otherwise be capable of discerning.
CALMIT was one of the first centers to use sophisticated remote sensing techniques to understand and map our world, and remains a leader in the field. Our offices are located on the third floor of Hardin Hall on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. We maintain a field research facility at the Agricultural Research and Development Center.