Institute for Resource Information Sciences (IRIS)Vision
Integrating environmental information science and technologies provides a strong mechanism to effectively utilize, conserve, and sustain environmental resources for the benefit of the world community.
To advance through research and education the development and use of environmental data and information using resource inventory, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and related spatial information technologies.
• Enhance the derivation of information from maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and other remotely sensed data for meeting environmental management needs.
• Disseminate knowledge and promote understanding of maps and images and enhance skills in spatial data processing, analysis, and management for professionals and students.
• Lead and support an environmental information science and technology capacity for accessing, exchanging, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data and information.Institute Structure
IRIS is the focal point at Cornell for programs in remote sensing, resource inventory, and geographic information systems supporting the environmental data and information needs of the public and private sectors both domestically and internationally.
Remote Sensing [W. Philpot, Civil and Environmental Eng., Leader]
Geographic Information Systems [S. Smith, Program Leader]
Resource Inventory and Analysis [S. Hoskins, Program Leader]
• Basic and applied investigations of advanced multi- and hyper-spectral sensor systems.
• Information extraction from analog and digital aerospace imagery in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
• Data integration and visualization using simulation modeling of biophysical processes to address environmental quality issues.
• Education of stakeholders who desire advanced information, knowledge, and sets of skills to access, manipulate, and analyze analog and digital imagery, maps, and spatial databases.Institute and Program Support