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UVM Spatial Analysis Lab

The Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) is an applied research facility located in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources (RSENR) at the University of Vermont (UVM). The The SAL is not your average academic GIS lab. We excel at building production systems capable of extracting information from vast amounts of data and back that up with relentless quality assurance and quality control procedures.

We do everything from ecosystem assessments to biodiversity analysis to, land-cover mapping to conserved lands planning to scenario modeling, to LiDAR processing to web-based mapping to transportation analysis. Turnaround time for projects is often months, not years. Our collaborators include consulting firms, nonprofits, government agencies, municipalities, and national labs. We also take our educational mission seriously, training what we believe to be some of the most spatially adept undergraduates in the country. Losing them to jobs where they earn more than our senior staff has taken some getting used to.

Despite our love for geospatial technology, our domain expertise runs much deeper. Our faculty and staff have degrees in everything from aerospace engineering to forestry. In past lives we've worked for consulting firms, government agencies, and served in the military. We love working with large, complex data sets and still find those small, local projects rewarding. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten our roots. We still keep a classic Calcomp digitizing table around, but now it's a sit/stand desk.

The SAL has been designated one of the three international Trimble Imaging Innovation Programs in recognition of the expertise in the application of Object-Based Image Analysis (OBIA) techniques. SAL staff have recently been awarded the Vermont Spatial Data Partnership Outstanding Achievement Award, the New York State GIS Partnership award, the eCognition Black Belt by Nobel Laureate by Dr. Gerd Binnig, a bronze medal by the Association of Natural Resource Education Professionals, and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station award for Excellence is Science and Technology.

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