is affiliated with the
University of Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program,
and the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS), incorporating
30 years of agricultural and natural resource research
and product development experience. KARS and KBS are
responsible for maintaining TMAI's leading edge in research
and commercial product development.
TMAI scientists and consultants work
hand-in-hand with KARS Program scientists. The KARS
Program is the home of theNASA Great Plains Regional
Earth Science Applications Center (Great Plains RESAC
), one of only seven NASA centers of excellence in the
United States selected in a national competition, and
the only one dedicated to large scale agricultural remote
As a NASA designated center, TMAI
and the KARS Program receive direct research and technical
support from several NASA agencies and participate in
the highest-level NASA strategic planning meetings.
The Program also serves on NASA's technical advisory
and review committees, presents research results at
NASA sponsored workshops, and has real-time access to
world satellite data coverage. TMAI and the KARS staff
serve on national and international scientific editorial
and advisory boards, and have chaired national remote
sensing specialty groups for professional and scientific
societies. These activities insure that TMAI will be
on the leading edge of scientific and technological
advances in remote sensing.
Belongs to a leading research
consortium drawing from both the government and private
sectors including NASA, USDA, and Planalytics.
Has developed state-of-the-art
multi-temporal data analysis techniques for identification
of land cover types using LANDSAT satellite data.
Operates an AVHRR satellite
ground receiving station for North and Central America,
and has near real-time access to data from South America,
Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Is the leader in the development
of proprietary models to determine crop yields from
remotely sensed data, with the ability to monitor
vegetation condition and model crop yields anywhere
in the world.
Is the leader in developing
and utilizing satellite data to create a 11-year crop/vegetation
database for crop modeling and comparative analysis.