When initially developed in the 1960s, the computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) made it possible to view, manipulate and analyze large amounts of geospatial data.
Using today's advanced GIS systems, researchers in Baylor's Center for Spatial Research (CSR) contribute multiple levels of research and development expertise -- spatial analysis, simulation model development, hardware development and system integration for spatially-related technologies, for example -- to projects ranging from water quality and wastewater treatment studies, land utilization planning, airborne and satellite remote sensing, wildland fire prevention and management, and atmospheric research.
In addition to supporting Baylor faculty in a wide range of research disciplines and projects, the CSR's extramural collaborations include project support for local municipalities and special resource districts, as well as such governmental agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.