The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Advanced Resource Technology Lab

The Advanced Resource Technology Group (ART) was formed in 1988 with an aim to provide leadership in such areas as GIS institutional development, GIS environmental database design and development, application of cartographic and spatial analysis for agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. Besides using traditional remote sensing and GIS techniques, researchers at ART are developing the next generation of GIS-based modeling and simulation tools including artificial intelligence, intelligent visualization, synthetic environments, and semantic-based data access. The ART Group provides the primary focus for research and extension in cartographic and spatial analysis for the College of Agriculture, but also encourages and facilitates cooperation among faculty with similar expertise and interests campus-wide. For new and old GIS users from all departments ART helps with GIS hardware and software selection, provides advice and training on GIS database development and analysis, and offers technical review of proposals. Furthermore, as an integral component of research and extension, ART faculty promote and assist in the development of GIS instructional resources and curriculum for the benefit of the college, university, and the State of Arizona. Some of ART's many interdisciplinary projects include a HPCC challenge grant from NSF (with Electrical & Computer Engineering projects) to study natural process interactions with very large-scale simulation environments that are supported by GIS databases. The US Army and Navy has contracted ART to develop GIS-based management systems for land-use and threatened and endangered species.