About the GIS/ASA Lab|
The GIS/ASA lab works to support research and applications in geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and related fields. The lab is sponsored by the departments of Geography and Earth Sciences, the Environmental Studies program, the Biology department, and Academic Computing. Generous support for the lab has come from alumni donations, the J. Robert Porter '57 Fund, and other sources.
The lab's resources are available for several types of projects, including:
Research by faculty and staff affiliated with the lab's "home" departments.
Research by personnel from other departments on campus.
Smaller, non-funded "exploratory" projects by students, faculty, staff, or others (as resources permit, and when the project will contribute to the lab's mission).
Support for instructional use of GIS and remote sensing technology across campus.
The lab is located in 114 Fairchild Hall. To learn more about the lab, or to discuss a project that might benefit from access to the lab, please contact us.
Hardware resources include a variety of workstations, 9 TB of space on Network Attached Storage (NAS) units, and peripheral equipment such as large-format plotters, printers, a large-format map scanner, and other devices. The lab also maintains a collection of GPS units and an Ocean Optics JAZ dual field spectroradiometer. Lab users have access to the college’s advanced Research Computing network.
The primary software available in the lab includes ArcGIS, ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, Matlab, IDL, and other packages for GIS, spatial analysis, and remote sensing / image processing. This is supplemented by a wide range of database, statistical, graphic design, and other software.
The lab's data library includes spatial data and satellite imagery for New England, other regions of North America, and the world.
Finally, the GIS/ASA lab benefits from close connections with several other related facilities on campus, including the Geography Department's Rahr Cartography/GIS lab (013 Fairchild), the Earth Science Department's Glaciology Research Group/ICE lab (113 Fairchild), and the Dartmouth College Library's Evans Map Room (Second floor of Baker/Berry). The lab has a long history of collaboration with researchers at the Dartmouth Flood Observatory.