MTRI’s outreach activities are designed to provide educational programs, technical expertise, tools/data and information and make them available to the public and stakeholders to promote awareness and improve environmental management.
Infrastructure / General
MTRI’s fully-equipped Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) is the primary source of hardware and software resources for all geospatial projects at the institute.
- A full suite of GIS and remote sensing software and large-format
- Remote sensing software includes Trimble eCognition Professional, ENVI+IDL, ERDAS Imagine, the Leica Photogrammetry Suite, ERMapper, LizardTech GeoExpress, and IDRISI Andes
- A comprehensive collection of GIS layers for study focus areas including the Great Lakes, Alaska, Canada and Africa.
- High-speed GIS workstations and laptops for software development
- ESRI ArcGIS Server/ArcIMS servers and two GeoServer instances, and ERDAS Image Web Server
- Enterprise database servers including a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database cluster with a fully-parallel transactions configuration supporting parallel queries balanced between two servers, each with 10 TB of hard disk space, 30 GB of RAM, and 8 cores
- Web-facing virtual servers supporting open-source Python geoprocessing in GDAL/OGR, GeoDjango, and PostGIS
- A virtual server for high-throughput streaming applications in Node.js utilizing both relational (PostgreSQL/PostGIS) and non-relational (MongoDB, CouchDB), ACID-compliant, enterprise databases
- A remote access GIS processing server for Desktop ArcGIS applications
Equipment highlights include:
- Various servers and workstation for processing high-resolution spatial imagery with up to 63 terabytes of data storage
- Trimble GeoXT global positioning system sub-meter capability
- GPS digital cameras such as the Sony HX5V
- Multiple tablets, including iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, and Hanheld Algiz 7 rugged