Paper No. 8
Presentation Time: 10:45 AM
NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY, GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS IN NATURAL SCIENCE (GAINS) LAB
Through funding from the USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program, we developed the Geospatial applications in natural Sciences (GAINS) Lab – New Mexico Highlands University’s geospatial technology resource center. It provides geospatial education, research, and service support to NMHU and external stakeholders. It is managed by the Director of Geospatial Technology, under the supervision of the Natural Resource Management Department Chair. The GAINS Lab has a full suite of geographic information systems (GIS) hardware and software. It maintains a broad variety of geospatial applications including cartography, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and Global Position System data acquisition and processing. It has emerging capabilities in photogrammetric feature extraction and terrain modeling, stereo/3-D visualization, Object-Oriented Image Classification, and LiDAR processing and analysis. In addition, the GAINS Lab provides support to a 20 seat GIS and Remote Sensing classroom outfitted with ESRI ArcGIS Advanced, Erdas Imagine Professional, and Pathfinder Office software. The GAINS Lab is unique in that its primary focus is support to geospatial instruction and integration of geospatial concepts and techniques into faculty and student research across all disciplines. It also provides technical assistance to local regional organizations seeking to incorporate geospatial information into their functions. All lab efforts are designed to develop student knowledge of geospatial capabilities, endow them with practical, hands-on learning opportunities, and provide them with a highly marketable skill-base when seeking employment. Through GAINS, we are developing a rigorous natural resources management curriculum inclusive of new GIS technologies which will translate to an increase in a diverse and geotechnically capable workforce.