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ART is a designated service center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences providing geographic information systems (GIS) services for research, instruction, and extension.

ART's primary focus is the provision of professional GIS services and products for clients at The University of Arizona and other regional entities. ART has completed projects in Arizona, California, and Mexico, with groups such as the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Arizona State Lands and National Science Foundation. ART provides expertise in several GIS areas including:

  • GIS Institutional Development: ART assists cooperators in the development and management of GIS projects and programs. This includes helping cooperators perform needs assessments, data inventories, hardware and software selection, application development, training, and technical support.
  • Environmental Database Development: ART has considerable experience in the creation of high quality spatial databases utilizing several methods including direct digitizing, remote sensing, and mapping using global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Development of GIS-based Applications and Modeling: ART develops GIS-based applications for solving management problems. This includes GIS-based cartographic modeling, using GIS databases to parameterize external models, and developing GIS-based dynamic models. Examples of applications ART has developed include: fire growth modeling, hydrological and erosion modeling, forage production and utilization prediction, archeological site prediction, and visual quality evaluation.

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