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Institute for Resource Information Sciences (IRIS)

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.

Programmatic Goals
• 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 [M. Laba, Progarm Leader]
Geographic Information Systems [S. Smith, Program Leader]
Resource Inventory and Analysis [S. Hoskins, Program Leader]

Program Foci
• 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
University Support
Sponsored Program

Department of Crop & Soil Sciences
Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.


Total number of photographs
About 50,000 in 221 data sets, covering 57 New York counties and the New York City boroughs, between 1936 and 1995.

Oldest Imagery
1936 Susquehanna Watershed collection

Aerial photo enlargements mapping natural resources in New York City parks, printed to scale 1 inch = 200 feet, with
some photos as large as
40-by-40 inches.

1930s contact prints from
silver nitrate plates that
no longer exist.

2002 true color 1:14,400 scale photos of the upper Hudson River, made for the submerged aquatic vegetation study,
but available to the public for any other purpose.





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