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									          Instructional Programs                                          CALMIT Faculty and Staff

CALMIT maintains an instructional program consisting of      CALMIT has a full-time staff consisting of:
both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in re-
                                                             Dr. James W. Merchant (Professor and Director)
mote sensing and GIS. Students pursue undergraduate,
                                                             Dr. Sunil Narumalani (Professor and Associate Director)
masters and doctoral degrees via many departments at
                                                             Dr. Donald C. Rundquist (Professor )
UNL including Natural Resources, Geography, Agron-           Dr. Anatoly Gitelson (Professor)
                                                             Dr. Ayse Irmak (Assistant Professor)
                                                             Dr. Qingfeng (Gene) Guan (Assistant Professor)
                                                             Chad Boshart (Research Scientist)
                                                             Karin Callahan (Research Scientist)
                                                             Galina Keydan (Research Scientist)
                                                             Bryan Leavitt (Research Scientist & CALMIT Facilities Manager)
                                                             Rick Perk (Research Scientist & Airborne Program Manager )
                                                             Dan Pfeffer (Research Scientist & GIS Web Portal Project Manager)
                                                             Ian Ratcliffe (Research Scientist)
                                                             Cullen Robbins (Research Scientist)
                                                             Milda Vaitkus (Research Scientist & NebraskaView Project Manager)

                                                             The CALMIT staff is complemented by affiliated Faculty Fellows
                                                             including:

omy and Geosciences. Recent graduates who have
                                                             Dr. Viachaslav Adamchuk (UNL, Biological Systems Engineering)
earned doctoral degrees are now faculty members at the
                                                             Dr. Merlin Lawson (UNL, Geosciences)
University of Montana, Clark University, University of       Dr. Yunwoo Nam (UNL, Community and Regional Planning)
Alabama, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Kansas State Uni-   Dr. Jeffrey Peake (UNO, Geography/Geology)                              The Center for Advanced
versity, Mississippi State University, the University of     Dr. Larkin Powell (UNL, School of Natural Resources)                    Land Management Information
New Orleans, and George Mason University. Graduates          Dr. John Schalles (Creighton University, Biology)                       Technologies (CALMIT),
of the B.A. and M.A. programs are employed by GeoEye,        Dr. Zhenghong Tang (UNL, Community and Regional Planning)
                                                                                                                                     University of Nebraska-
Inc., General Dynamics, Inc., the U.S. Geological Sur-       Dr. Brian Wardlow (UNL, School of Natural Resources)
                                                                                                                                     Lincoln, is internationally
vey/EROS Data Center, the National Park Service, the
                                                             In addition, CALMIT employs approximately 15 undergraduate and          recognized as a center-of-
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, John Deere, Inc., and
                                                             graduate research assistants.                                           excellence in education and
the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
                                                                                                                                     research focused on
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CALMIT maintains an active outreach program as well.                                                                                 applications of remote sensing
Both introductory and advanced short courses in remote       Center for Advanced Land Management Information                         and geographic information
                                                                           Technologies (CALMIT)
sensing and GIS are offered. All courses feature exten-                                                                              systems (GIS).
                                                                         School of Natural Resources
sive hands-on instruction. CALMIT has also instituted                   University of Nebraska-Lincoln
both a visiting scientist and a post-doctoral program.                      3310 Holdrege Street
During recent years CALMIT has hosted visiting scien-                      Lincoln, NE 68583-0973
                                                                            Phone: 402.472.7531
tists from Pakistan, Sweden, Italy, Japan, Mexico, China,
                                                                         Email: jmerchant@unl.edu
Saudi Arabia, Israel and Spain.                                           http://www.calmit.unl.edu                                  http://www.calmit.unl.edu
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                    Overview                                                             Facilities                                           Research Programs

The Center for Advanced Land Management In-                       CALMIT offices are located in Hardin Hall, a modern class-      CALMIT faculty and staff have special expertise in:
formation Technologies (CALMIT) is a unit of the                  room and research facility located on the UNL East campus.      • hyperspectral remote sensing focused on observa-
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) School of Natural            CALMIT faculty, staff and students use a broad selection of
                                                                                                                                    tions of vegetation, surface water, soils and coral
Resources (SNR). Established in 1986 by the Board of              software for geospatial data analysis including ENVI, ERDAS
                                                                                                                                    reefs;
Regents of the University of Nebraska, CALMIT was                 Imagine and ArcGIS. Data processing capabilities are com-
founded to enhance and significantly expand research and          plemented by large-format color plotting and scanning capa-
instructional activities in remote sensing, geographic            bilities, over 10Tb disk storage and other peripherals. An
information systems (GIS), automated cartography and              indoor spectroscopy/water quality laboratory facilitates
image processing that had, since 1972, been conducted             teaching, controlled experiments and sensor calibration.
through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Re-
mote Sensing Center.         As a center-of-excellence                                                    Additional CALMIT
CALMIT serves to focus the significant interdisciplinary                                                  resources include:
expertise in advanced land management information                                                         • a 29-hectare field
technologies that exists on campus and in the region, and                                                 research station at
is the Nebraska node for the national AmericaView pro-                                                    UNL’s Agricultural
gram (http://nebraskaview.unl.edu/).                                                                      Research and Devel-     • remote sensing of water quality and aquatic vegeta-
                                                                                                          opment Center near        tion (including toxic algae);
                                                                                                          Ithaca, NE.             • analysis of satellite image data for regional, continen-
                                                                                                                                    tal and global land cover characterization;
                                                                  • unique close-range re-                                        • estimation of biophysical parameters of vegetation
                                                                    mote sensing capabilities                                       with emphasis on agricultural crops;
                                                                    including platforms to                                        • remote sensing of invasive plants;
                                                                    deploy sensor packages                                        • GIS-based spatial modeling focused on renewable
                                                                    that operate from the                                           resource management, environmental hazard assess-
                                                                    UV through the micro-                                           ment and land use/land cover change.
 Landsat Thematic Mapper image of western Nebraska (left) and a
 land cover map (right) developed via image classification          wave spectral bands,
                                                                    over a variety of land and
CALMIT faculty and staff collaborate regularly with col-            water environments, and
leagues affiliated with SNR’s High Plains Regional Climate                                            • an aircraft for support
Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the
                                                                                                      of remote sensing re-
Great Plains Center for the National Institute for Global
                                                                                                      search, outfitted with
Environmental Change (NIGEC), the USGS Cooperative
                                                                                                      instruments that include
Fish and Wildlife Unit and the UNL Water Center.
                                                                                                      a thermal-infrared cam-
Strong ties also exist with the USGS Center for Earth
                                                                                                      era and an AISA Eagle
Resources Observation and Science (EROS), NASA,
                                                                                                      hyperspectral (244 band)
NOAA, USDA and the Nebraska GIS Council.
                                                                                                      imaging system.

                                                                                                                                            Modeled soil erosion, Wagon Train Lake, NE

								
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