Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS)

Department of Geography
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-2388 (Fax)

Marguerite Madden, Director
Thomas Jordan, Associate Director

The Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS) is a research, teaching and training facility within the University of Georgia, Department of Geography that undertakes interdisciplinary projects requiring the development, use and analysis of geospatial data for applications in the physical, biological, human and mapping sciences. Specialties of the Center's multidisciplinary staff encompasses the full range of geographic information science (GIScience) including remote sensing/digital image processing, digital photogrammetry, image interpretation, geographic information systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) surveys, geovisualization, web-mapping services and software development. Our applications are broadly based and include ecology, forestry, geography, geology, anthropology, hydrology, human geography and disease studies ( A staff of approximately seven full-time and part-time employees, along with five to seven graduate research assistants and five to seven undergraduate interns and student workers conduct research and training in GIScience. Specific research conducted by Dr. Marguerite Madden, CRMS Director and current President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), has focused on the use of geospatial techniques to study spatio-temporal patterns of vegetation community distributions in the southeastern United States, landscape level impacts of disturbance such as human impacts, storm events and invasive species on vegetation, and more recently, web-based geovisualization and geospatial tools for landscape analysis related to wildlife diseases, monkey tool-use behavior and crowded camp conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASPRS Manual of Geographic Information Systems to be published in 2008. Dr. Thomas Jordan, CRMS Associate Director and ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and Mapping Scientist, conducts research in Lidar, digital elevation models (DEMs), mobile mapping and web-based data dissemination and spatial data analysis.

The CRMS has a long history of involvement in ISPRS activities with both Drs. Madden and Jordan actively involved in ISPRS Commission IV since 1988. Dr. Roy Welch, founder and Director Emeritus of the CRMS was ISPRS Commission IV Working Groups 5, "Geographic Information Systems" Chair and Dr. Madden was Secretary from 1988-1992. Dr. Welch was President and Dr. Madden was Secretary of Commission IV, "Geodatabases and Digital Mapping" during the 1992-1996 term and hosted the Commission IV Symposium at the University of Georgia in 1994. From 1996-2000, Dr. Welch was Chair and Dr. Madden was Co-Chair of WG IV/2, "Digital Terrain Models, Orthoimages and 3D GIS. Dr. Madden was then Chair and Co-Chair of Working Group IV/4, "Landscape Modeling and Visualization" with Professor Jochen Schiewe of the University of Osnabrueck, Germany from 2000 - 2004 and 2004 to 2008. Dr. Jordan has been the WG IV/4 Secretary from 2000 to 2008. Dr. Madden also served on the Editorial Board of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from 1992 to 2005, was ISPRS Journal Associate Editor specializing in papers on GIS and optical remote sensing from 2004-2005 and has been an Editor/Co-editor of four special issues of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

  • Schiewe, J. and M. Madden (Eds.) 2008. Visualization and Exploration of Geospatial Data, Special Issue, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, in progress.

  • Madden, M. and J. Schiewe (Eds.) 2003. Challenges in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization, Special Issue, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 57, No. 5-6.

  • Madden, M., M. Sester and T. Krug (Eds.) 1999. Women's Activities in ISPRS, Special Issue, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 54, No. 4.

  • Welch, R. and M. Remillard (Eds.) 1996. ISPRS Commission IV: Mapping and Geographic Information Systems, Special Issue, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 51, No. 4.

It would be an honor for the CRMS to be accepted as a Sustaining Member- Educational Institution of ISPRS.

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