Geospatial Research Center promotes awareness, prepares grads
The new MTSU Geospatial Research Center, serving both campus and regional private/public interests, aims to increase use and awareness of geospatial information and technology. It is located in the Ralph O. Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology, named after the retired department chair who pioneered the use of remote sensing and GIS technology in Tennessee. The GRC offers advanced computational infrastructure and qualified personnel to engage students in professional projects. Research areas include geographic information systems, remote sensing, watershed modeling, spatial analysis, computational sciences, and historical GIS projects that mine data out of records to map historical events or places. The center works with professionals and scientists at local, state, and federal levels such as the Tennessee Historical Commission, National Sedimentation Laboratory, UNAERP (Brazil), Environmental Protection Agency, National Resources Conservation Service, and other universities.