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Spatial Analysis Lab

The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS offers state-of-the-art spatial analysis capabilities to researchers interested in understanding biological, geographic, and socio-economic processes. SAL enables cross-disciplinary research for those in academia, government and industry who are engaged in biogeographical modeling, spatial statistics, data acquisition and mapping.

The lab is also used for training students in spatial data collection and analysis, for supporting the work of researchers at NIMBioS, and for tutorials and workshops offered through NIMBioS, including online courses.

A unique component of SAL is a sub-concentration on spatial analysis in biology. Biology at SAL, or BaSAL, supports research activities that collect and synthesize large-scale spatial data to understand biological and socio-economic processes, especially in the areas of biodiversity, disease ecology, and human-environment interface.

Analytical Lab Capabilities

  • Large-scale spatial data capture and collection
  • Data visualization and analysis (ArcGIS, ENVI, Trimble Pathfinder Office, FARO SCENE)
  • Training and outreach

Field Instrumentation

  • Terrestrial laser scanner
  • Unmanned Aerial System (max. payload: 5 kg)
  • Visual, multispectral & hyperspectral sensor packages
  • Trimble Juno handheld GPS units

FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Certified Pilot and Insured Operation (documentation available upon request)

SAL is in the process of becoming a recharge center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. SAL was developed in collaboration with UT's College of Arts & Sciences, and the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Geography.

HOW TO WORK WITH THE SPATIAL ANALYSIS LAB NOW

  • Current Project Engagement: Enhance your project by working with us on a spatial analysis component.
  • Grant Facilitation: Add SAL capabilities to strengthen and expand the scope and impact of a grant or contract proposal.
  • Education and Outreach: Develop a tutorial or workshop with us that combines your research area with the capabilities of SAL and NIMBioS.


SAL Contacts:
Lab email: SAL@nimbios.org

Mona PapeĊŸ, SAL Director
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee
mpapes@utk.edu
Eric Carr, SAL Science Coordinator
NIMBioS Computational Data Engineer
carr@nimbios.org

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