Research Projects

Our researchers continue to look for collaborations - both within the U of A and at other institutions - that will extend the application of spatial techniques and technologies to new areas of research. Snapshots of some of the research in which CAST researchers have been the lead or serving as key personnel are below, categorized by Research Strength.

Spatial Archaeometry: Expanding Collaborative Opportunities for Research in Archaeo-Geomatics and Archaeo-Geophysics at CAST (SPARC)

http://sparc.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2013 - Jul 31 2017

SPARC, an NSF-funded program at CAST, is dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology. SPARC offers direct support to archaeological projects through awards in three categories, 1. Fieldwork: On-site data collection; 2. Data and Analytics: Preparation, processing and analysis of geospatial data; 3. Publication: Presentation, publication and archiving of complex geospatial datasets. The SPARC program began in August 2013 with a grant from the NSF Archaeometry Program, and aims to expand the use of spatial analysis, 3D and geophysical remote sensing technologies in archaeological research projects around the world. The availability and sophistication of these technologies and methods has begun to profoundly affect how archaeologists and other scholars work. CAST was selected by the National Science Foundation in September 2015 to receive an additional grant and continue to serve as a national center for innovative geospatial research and methods in archaeology through the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) Program. SPARC has been funded through two NSF Award 1321443 and NSF Award 1519660.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry

Funded by:
University of California - Santa Cruz

Project dates:
Jul 6 2015 - Jul 5 2016

CAST researchers worked with the The Milot Archaeological Project (MAP) team, led by Dr. J. Cameron Monroe (UC - Santa Cruz) to collect ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys to map and identify the subsurface features within the Milot complex. With these data, the MAP investigates an example of state formation from the early modern Atlantic World: the short-lived Kingdom of Haiti (1811-1820), which emerged in the years following the Haitian Revolution. Essential research questions that the MAP seeks answer include: (1) did the Kingdom of Haiti draw from earlier forms of power in the region, and (2) did the Kingdom of Haiti restructure and routinize the social lives of its citizenry, or rather was it focused largely on public spectacles that sat suspended above everyday social life? The MAP mobilizes documentary and archaeological evidence to explore the relationship between architectural space and political power, evaluating competing models for the nature of Haitian political authority in the early 19th century.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

Building a Hosted Platform for Monographic Source Materials

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/

Funded by:
University of Michigan, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Project dates:
Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2018

CAST, the Gabii Project, and Michigan Publishing are collaborating to produce a series of digital volumes based on the excavations and research of the Gabii Project, bringing together data publication, interactive 3D models, and synthetic text. The first volume, "A mid-Republican House from Gabii" is under preparation. In addition to designing and developing these volumes, this project aims to advance the sustainability of digital long-form publication in the humanities. This work is part of the "Building a Hosted Platform for Monographic Source Materials" Project, generously funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry

Remote Sensing Investigations of Fort Randall Historic Cemetery

Funded by:
South Dakota State Historical Society

Project dates:
Apr 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015

This research investigation utilized ground-penetrating radar (GPR), magnetic gradiometry, and electrical resistance methods, as well as UAV-based aerial photography in the Fort Randall Cemetery area. Aerial photography was used to produce a high resolution orthophoto that may indicate the locations of graves in the form of vegetation markings and shadowing. Additionally, the orthophoto could be used to address the relationship between grave markers and geophysical anomalies.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria - Design and Development of a Digital Map and Inventory

Funded by:
U.S. Department of State

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jul 31 2015

This project was an expansion of the CORONA project specifically for extending the site database to southern Syria. The expansion of this dataset coupled with complementary data were combined with the “Do-Not-Strike” list of heritage and culture sites developed through collaboration of the US Department of State, the Blue Shield, and other partners. This list, distributed in August 2013, includes around 200 of the best-known archaeological sites (i.e., those that were home to excavation projects or that are on the tourist itinerary), but critically also includes a quite comprehensive list of museums, libraries, historic buildings, and monuments that are not easily mapped via satellite imagery. Combining this existing list with the archaeological site database helps to produce the most comprehensive inventory of known cultural and heritage sites that is currently achievable for that region.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; Image Analysis; Spatial Archaeometry

Lava Beds National Monument

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Jun 16 2014 - Sep 30 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Reality Capture

The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and Distribution of Declassified Satellite Imagery

http://sunspot.cast.uark.edu/corona/index.php/home/register

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jun 1 2013 - Jun 30 2016

The expansion of this NEH-funded project focuses on building a more robust interface for georeferencing, as well as storage and distribution of the CORONA images. The study area increased to include Eastern China and those surrounding regions. CORONA image coverage is abundant in these areas and its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry, Image Analysis

Mapping Archaeological Landscapes of the Middle Missouri River Valley

Funded by:
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, South Dakota State Historical Society

Project dates:
Jan 1 2013 - Dec 31 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

Gabii Project - Summer 2015 Field Season

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/

Funded by:
University of Michigan

Project dates:
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015

The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. It was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. CAST researcher Rachel Opitz leads the project's survey and digital data team, and is involved in bringing the project to publication. The Gabii Project is supported by generous grants from from the University of Michigan, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, FIAT-Chrysler, the National Geographic Society, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and several private donors.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

The Rooms Beneath Our Feet: Multisensory Survey of Late Archaic (3000-1800 B.C.) Ceremonial Architecture in Peru

https://caballetearchaeologicalresearchproject.wordpress.com/welcome/

Funded by:
The Field Museum

Project dates:
May 15 2015 - Aug 15 2015

In collaboration with The Field Museum, CAST researchers conducted aerial surveys resulting in photography/photogrammetry, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys, and magnetometry surveys to map the surface and to identify subsurface architecture on and around the platform mounds and sunken circular plazas at the site of Caballete in the Norte Chico region of Peru. This collaboration among CAST researchers and local Peruvian archaeologists uses innovative and experimental geophysical/remote sensing techniques to explore the Late Archair ceremonial structures and plan for later, more targeted excavations.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

21st C. Data, 21st C. Publications. 3D Models: Publication and Building the Peer Reviewer Community

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2013 - Dec 31 2014

This collaboration between CAST, the Gabii Project and Michigan Publishing aims to make 3D models and digital data a core part of scholarly archaeological publications, and to promote the acceptance of 3D models as basic data within the archaeological community. The project developed a prototype publication using data collected through the Gabii Project and conducted a series of peer review exercises and workshops online and at conferences. This work was supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry

Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jan 15 2013 - Dec 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; Spatial Archaeometry; Digital Preservation

Digital Institute for Archaeology (DIA)

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2012 - Jun 30 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; Spatial Archaeometry

Mapping Archaeological Landscapes using Aerial Thermographic Imaging

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
May 1 2012 - Jul 31 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

3D Imaging Evaluation at Prehistoric Architectural Sites

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Jun 21 2011 - Nov 15 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Reality Capture

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Settlement Systems for Environmental Change in the Northern Fertile Crescent

Funded by:
National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Project dates:
Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2013

Focusing on the northern Fertile Crescent, a study region of more than 200,000 sq km extending from the eastern Mediterranean to northern Iraq, the project brings together specialists in archaeology, environmental remote sensing, and geomatics to explore settlement and environmental histories through an innovative remote-sensing based series of analyses aimed at creating a model of dynamic trends in land cover and environmental change, or land surface phenology, over the past 30 years based on gridded climate data available through NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and remote sensing-based vegetation series derived from AVHRR and Landsat satellite data. In a region like the northern Fertile Crescent, where nearly all pre-industrial settlement was dependent on highly variable and relatively sparse precipitation, documenting the full effects that minor variations in climate can have is critical to understanding settlement and land use in the past and present. Our methods will enable us to map the actual effects that years or seasons with higher or lower than average rainfall had on land cover throughout the study region.

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Spatial Archaeometry; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

NPS Archaeology Program

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Sep 8 2008 - Sep 30 2011

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; Spatial Archaeometry

Corona Archaeological Atlas of the Middle East

http://corona.cast.uark.edu/index.html

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2008 - Jul 31 2011

CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields. This NEH-funded project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

Streamlining Archaeogeophysical Data Processing and Integration for DoD Field Use

http://archaeofusion.com

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Defense

Project dates:
Apr 1 2006 - Sep 30 2012

This project was funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), Department of Defense. ArchaeoFusion is a tool for Archaeologists and others who use ground penetrating sensors to build subsurface maps. ArchaeoFusion will load data from many sources, processes the data, and then integrate it into a clear representation of subsurface features.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

Time Scanners: 3D Documentation of Six Archaeological Sites for Six-Part Documentary Series

http://www.atlanticproductions.tv/productions/time-scanners/

Funded by:
Atlantic Productions

Project dates:
Feb 1 2013 - Dec 31 2013

Researchers in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas have traveled around the world using their advanced remote sensing technology to provide a 3-D perspective of archaeological sites and historic structures. Time Scanners showcases CAST laser-scanning experts collecting and analyze billions of measurements. They use the data collected by laser scanners to produce what is known as a 3-D point cloud. The six-part documentary series includes full episodes from the Egyptian Pyramids, St. Paul's Cathedral, Petra, Machu Picchu, the Colosseum and Jerusalem. Episodes are available online at http://www.pbs.org/program/time-scanners/.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeology, Reality Capture, Technology Education

Rohwer Reconstructed II: Making Connections across Time and Space

http://risingabove.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Aug 1 2015 - Jul 31 2017

During the second award period researchers will add an estimated 1,300 items to its existing online database of Rohwer and Jerome materials, including photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, 2D and 3D images of objects, incarceree interviews from the 2004 film, Time of Fear, and biographies of incarcerees and camp administrative staff. A 3D visualization of Barracks Block 12, created with a 2013 Japanese American Confinement Sites grant, will be expanded to include the auditorium, library and athletic fields, with audio narratives integrated into the model.

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction

Revealing Arkansas History Through Interactive Digital Environments

http://davidsonville.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

Almost no trace of the town of Davidsonville remains on the surface of the ground today. Davidsonville, Arkansas was once a flourishing community founded on the banks of the Black River in 1815. The town lasted for about 15 years until 1830 when the county seat was moved to Jackson. Today, archeologists have uncovered remarkable evidence of streets, foundations, and thousands of objects that tell a fascinating story of Davidsonville, its residents, and life on the early Arkansas frontier. Researchers at CAST have combined this information into a highly detailed, 3D reconstruction that depicts what Davidsonville could have looked like in the summer of 1824. Download the free Unity viewer and explore the streets of historic Davidsonville!

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction

Reliving Arkansas History at Historic Washington State Park

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; 3D Reconstruction

Rohwer Reconstructed

http://risingabove.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Aug 5 2013 - Sep 1 2015

During the first award period for Rohwer Reconstructed, a National Park Service-funded collaboration rooted at CAST. One of ten Japanese-American internment camps established during World War II, the Rohwer Relocation Center in rural Desha County, Arkansas opened on September 18, 1942. At the time of its closure on November 30, 1945, the camp had been home - at one time or another - to 11,926 Japanese-Americans forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast. Just as their three years of internment left an indelible mark on the landscape of their lives, so they altered the place called Rohwer, both figuratively and literally. Remnants and ruins of the camp still scatter the fields planted in cotton and soybeans, and the Memorial Cemetery, declared a National Historic Monument in 1992, is a somber reminder of the people who lived and worked here. Interpretive panels constructed at the site in 2013 tell the abridged history of the camp, but are by necessity too brief to articulate the immensity of the full narrative. The documents, maps, and visualizations presented here are fragments of that narrative, pieced together in a technological framework, in an effort to bring the story to life.

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction; Digital Preservation

Visualizing Forgotten Heritage at Petit Jean

http://virtualworlds.cast.uark.edu/petitjean/index.html

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2013 - Jun 30 2015

The 3D Petit Jean project uses state-of-the-art, laser scanning technology to create 3D models of the bluff shelters and the rock art that was created in them by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. This effort aims to precisely document the dozens of pictographs and petroglyphs and the complex environment they were created in as well provide a means to help visitors locate and understand them. Indian Cave is not accessible to visitors, but because of its restricted size and limited number of motifs, it provides an interesting contrast to the larger Rockhouse Cave – home to the largest concentration of rock art in Arkansas with over 100 motifs. Rockhouse Cave is also the only rock art site in Arkansas with public access. Thousands of visitors explore this bluff shelter each year in search of these interesting images, but most walk away without finding a single one. Many are quite small and difficult to see even to someone who has located them before; however, even the largest figures remain hidden to the great majority of visitors in the vastness and complexity of Rockhouse Cave.

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Visual Impact Risk-Decision Support System Development

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Feb 15 2009 - Mar 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; 3D Reconstruction

3D Survey Mapping of Blanchard Springs Caverns

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/osfnf/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5351305

Funded by:
U.S. Forest Service

Project dates:
Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

CAST and the U.S. Forest Service Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (USFS) have developed a collaborative approach to documenting the existing conditions of Blanchard Springs Caverns. This inventory of existing conditions will assist the USFS in designing corrective work and maintenance in the future. Complete 3D inventories of the public entrances, service accesses, as well as all portions of the cave, including the natural entrance. The scanning team will use multiple high-density laser scanners throughout the cave system to capture all features.

Project tags:
Reality Capture

Collaborative Research on Plant Stress Response Through Innovations in Phenomics and Molecular Imaging Technologies | NSF EPSCoR Track 2 - Plant Imaging Consortium

http://plantimaging.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Aug 1 2014 - Jul 31 2017

The NSF-funded Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) brings together experts in plant biology, radiochemistry, phenomics, imaging, and computational biology to apply high-throughput phenotyping and molecular imaging techniques to the study of plant stress biology. High-throughput phenotyping (HTP) allows breeders to screen large populations of plants quickly and efficiently, and to quantify numerous complex traits that are not obvious to the naked eye. Molecular imaging (MI) techniques such positron emission tomography (ie. PET scans) utilize radioactive, fluorescent, or luminescent probes to elucidate the physiological processes that govern stress tolerance or susceptibility in plants. Together, these bioimaging technologies have transformative power to link genotype to phenotype and identify genetic sources of stress tolerance for crop improvement.

Project tags:
Reality Capture

Lava Beds National Monument

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Jun 16 2014 - Sep 30 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Reality Capture

L’Anguille Watershed NHD Geoprocessing Refinement

Funded by:
U.S. Geological Survey , Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Project dates:
Oct 14 2013 - Sep 30 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture

Visualizing Forgotten Heritage at Petit Jean

http://virtualworlds.cast.uark.edu/petitjean/index.html

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2013 - Jun 30 2015

The 3D Petit Jean project uses state-of-the-art, laser scanning technology to create 3D models of the bluff shelters and the rock art that was created in them by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. This effort aims to precisely document the dozens of pictographs and petroglyphs and the complex environment they were created in as well provide a means to help visitors locate and understand them. Indian Cave is not accessible to visitors, but because of its restricted size and limited number of motifs, it provides an interesting contrast to the larger Rockhouse Cave – home to the largest concentration of rock art in Arkansas with over 100 motifs. Rockhouse Cave is also the only rock art site in Arkansas with public access. Thousands of visitors explore this bluff shelter each year in search of these interesting images, but most walk away without finding a single one. Many are quite small and difficult to see even to someone who has located them before; however, even the largest figures remain hidden to the great majority of visitors in the vastness and complexity of Rockhouse Cave.

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture

Little Red River Irrigation Project Area LiDAR Acquisition

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Oct 1 2012 - Sep 30 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

NSF Rapid: Salvaging a Newly Discovered Dinosaur Trackway from Southwest Arkansas, USA

http://trackways.cast.uark.edu/index.html

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2011 - Dec 31 2012

In June 2011, this NSF-funded, collaborative effort helped to preserve the first reported occurrence of theropod trackways, as well as numerous sauropod trackways, in The Natural State. The dinosaur trackways were exposed over an area of approximately 6000 m2 on a thin (ca. 0.5 - 0.7 m thick) limestone layer within the De Queen Limestone member of the Trinity Group (early Cretaceous Periods, approximately 120 - 115 million years old). CAST developed a website that presents an interactive visualization of the main portion of the trackway site (approximately 4200 m2) derived from the high-resolution LiDAR data. Viewers can zoom and pan to investigate tracks and trackways. The apparent illumination and shading can be altered using the check boxes in the legend to better highlight tracks and trackways; depending on their orientation, visibility of tracks and trackways can be enhanced by changing the apparent azimuth of illumination.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Reality Capture

3D Imaging Evaluation at Prehistoric Architectural Sites

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Jun 21 2011 - Nov 15 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Reality Capture

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

The M8.0 Pisco, Peru Earthquake – A benchmark Ground Failure Event for Remote Sensing and Data Archiving

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2009 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

A LIDAR Derived, Hydrologically Enforced Digital Elevation Model of the Bayou Meto Watershed Area

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Sep 19 2008 - Sep 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Postcranial Dimorphism in Primates

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2007 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture

Time Scanners: 3D Documentation of Six Archaeological Sites for Six-Part Documentary Series

http://www.atlanticproductions.tv/productions/time-scanners/

Funded by:
Atlantic Productions

Project dates:
Feb 1 2013 - Dec 31 2013

Researchers in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas have traveled around the world using their advanced remote sensing technology to provide a 3-D perspective of archaeological sites and historic structures. Time Scanners showcases CAST laser-scanning experts collecting and analyze billions of measurements. They use the data collected by laser scanners to produce what is known as a 3-D point cloud. The six-part documentary series includes full episodes from the Egyptian Pyramids, St. Paul's Cathedral, Petra, Machu Picchu, the Colosseum and Jerusalem. Episodes are available online at http://www.pbs.org/program/time-scanners/.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeology, Reality Capture, Technology Education

The Virtual Hampson Museum

http://hampson.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Jan 1 2010

The Hampson Museum Collection represents one of the world's most extraordinary collections of American Indian artistic expression as well as a major source of data on the lives and history of late pre-Columbian peoples of the Mississippi River Valley. The collections at the museum are the result of extensive excavations of the Nodena Site as well as excavations at other sites in the region by Dr James K. Hampson, as well as work by others including the University of Alabama and the University of Arkansas.

Project tags:
Reality Capture; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Sequencing Terrorists' Precursor Behaviors: A Crime-Specific Analysis

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Justice

Project dates:
Jan 1 2014 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis

BCE/NABO Prototype

http://www.nabohome.org/

Funded by:
University of Colorado - Boulder

Project dates:
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015

CAST Researcher, Rachel Opitz and tDAR Director of Technology, Adam Brin worked to create a functional prototype that demonstrates the NABO discovery tool prototyped in Umeå. The prototype is meant to allow other members of the NABO community to use and provide feedback on whether such a discovery tool is useful to the overall group, and is a useful direction towards larger issues of data-integration and collaboration.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Network Analysis

TEVUS-C: County-level Analysis of IUSSD

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Project dates:
May 20 2011 - Feb 27 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis

CSR: Small, Self-Sustaining Solar-powered Emergency Mesh Design

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Network Analysis

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Exploring Parallelization of Nearest Neighbor Search and Clustering in High-Dimensional Space on Emerging Parallel Architectures with Applications in Computer Vision

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Oct 1 2009 - Sep 30 2011

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Creation and Analysis of an Integrated U.S. Security Database (IUSSD)

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Project dates:
May 20 2009 - Feb 27 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis

Beyond Carbon: Life Cycle Assessment of the Retail Supply Chain

Funded by:
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Jun 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Life Cycle Analysis for Fluid Milk with Experimental Verification of DNA/CA Dairy Carbon Footprint

Funded by:
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

ArkansasView: StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Arkansas

https://arkansasview.org/

Funded by:
U.S. Geologic Survey AmericaView, Inc.

Project dates:
Jul 1 2002 - Jun 30 2016

ArkansasView, established in 2002, is a consortium of faculty, staff, students, and employees in university, state agency, and nonprofit organizations building remote sensing and geospatial capacity within Arkansas. This work is being accomplished primarily through educational, targeted research and outreach, and other remote sensing and geospatial endeavors that benefit Arkansans. With support from ArkansasView, a new PhD degree in Geosciences with a geoinformatics track began in August 2014. This program allows doctoral students at the state's flagship University of Arkansas to focus more directly on remote sensing and related research questions. For undergraduate students, an ArkansasView-supported proposal to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education led to the August 2014 launch of an undergraduate certificate at University of Arkansas titled "Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies," offered completely online. In a new partnership with Communities Unlimited (www.communitiesu.org), a nonprofit serving communities in Arkansas and six neighboring states, ArkansasView is facilitating student intern development of geospatial workflows that address persistently poor rural communities' access to basic water infrastructure. ArkansasView is committed to geospatial provenance and innovative geodata analysis research that simplifies and strengthens remote sensing workflow design.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Image Analysis; Technology Education

Beaver Water District Source Water Protection Area

Funded by:
Beaver Water District

Project dates:
Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Enhancement of the Arkansas Non-Riparian Permitting System

http://anrc.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

Project dates:
Apr 3 2015 - Jan 31 2017

This project expands upon the existing prototype by developing the required programming logic and data analyses necessary to allow more complex quantitative and qualitative reporting of these data. The expansion of the Arkansas Watershed Resource Information Management System (AWRIMS) prototype will yield consistent, automated processes capable of summarizing advanced comparative analyses of data within a watershed and between watershed basins within Arkansas, specifically to support and improve the non-riparian permitting process at the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC).

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Remote Sensing Investigations of Fort Randall Historic Cemetery

Funded by:
South Dakota State Historical Society

Project dates:
Apr 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015

This research investigation utilized ground-penetrating radar (GPR), magnetic gradiometry, and electrical resistance methods, as well as UAV-based aerial photography in the Fort Randall Cemetery area. Aerial photography was used to produce a high resolution orthophoto that may indicate the locations of graves in the form of vegetation markings and shadowing. Additionally, the orthophoto could be used to address the relationship between grave markers and geophysical anomalies.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Razorback Greenway Map System Development, Publication & Data Management

https://trails.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks

Project dates:
Jun 16 2014 - Sep 30 2015

During this project CAST worked with the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks to develop and host a map and database management system for the Razorback Greenway trail system. CAST provided technical expertise while working with the project team to develop and publish an interactive, user-friendly, regional map with all NWA trails presented within a homogeneous and consistent digital web map infrastructure.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

American Origin Products and TTIP: Collaboration for Rural Development

http://cast.uark.edu/cast-research/eu-trd/index.php

Funded by:
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Project dates:
Jan 1 2014 - Apr 30 2016

This project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States through the Transatlantic Research and Debates program aiming to engage researchers, producers and the public in the TTIP discussions. During the two year funding period a series of panels will be held in sequence of explanation, each panel building on the knowledge and concepts of the previous. A schedule of ten panels currently planned for the project are listed in the table below; specific dates for each panel will be added as they are planned. As each panel concludes a video and any supplementary materials will be posted to this site.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and Distribution of Declassified Satellite Imagery

http://sunspot.cast.uark.edu/corona/index.php/home/register

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jun 1 2013 - Jun 30 2016

The expansion of this NEH-funded project focuses on building a more robust interface for georeferencing, as well as storage and distribution of the CORONA images. The study area increased to include Eastern China and those surrounding regions. CORONA image coverage is abundant in these areas and its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry, Image Analysis

Gabii Project - Summer 2015 Field Season

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/

Funded by:
University of Michigan

Project dates:
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015

The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. It was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. CAST researcher Rachel Opitz leads the project's survey and digital data team, and is involved in bringing the project to publication. The Gabii Project is supported by generous grants from from the University of Michigan, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, FIAT-Chrysler, the National Geographic Society, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and several private donors.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

BCE/NABO Prototype

http://www.nabohome.org/

Funded by:
University of Colorado - Boulder

Project dates:
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015

CAST Researcher, Rachel Opitz and tDAR Director of Technology, Adam Brin worked to create a functional prototype that demonstrates the NABO discovery tool prototyped in Umeå. The prototype is meant to allow other members of the NABO community to use and provide feedback on whether such a discovery tool is useful to the overall group, and is a useful direction towards larger issues of data-integration and collaboration.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Network Analysis

IPAS Technology Information Program

Funded by:
Houston Advanced Research Center, U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Feb 4 2013 - Jun 30 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Arkansas Resource Assessment Phase III

http://raar.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Oct 1 2012 - Sep 30 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Little Red River Irrigation Project Area LiDAR Acquisition

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Oct 1 2012 - Sep 30 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Development of a High-Resolution Impervious Surface/Land-cover Map for Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Funded by:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises

Project dates:
Sep 4 2012 - Mar 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Mapping Archaeological Landscapes using Aerial Thermographic Imaging

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
May 1 2012 - Jul 31 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

Arkansas Resource Assessment Phase II

http://raar.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Oct 1 2011 - Sep 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

SSURGO Data Updates and Incorporation into GeoStor

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Sep 1 2011 - Jul 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

NSF Rapid: Salvaging a Newly Discovered Dinosaur Trackway from Southwest Arkansas, USA

http://trackways.cast.uark.edu/index.html

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2011 - Dec 31 2012

In June 2011, this NSF-funded, collaborative effort helped to preserve the first reported occurrence of theropod trackways, as well as numerous sauropod trackways, in The Natural State. The dinosaur trackways were exposed over an area of approximately 6000 m2 on a thin (ca. 0.5 - 0.7 m thick) limestone layer within the De Queen Limestone member of the Trinity Group (early Cretaceous Periods, approximately 120 - 115 million years old). CAST developed a website that presents an interactive visualization of the main portion of the trackway site (approximately 4200 m2) derived from the high-resolution LiDAR data. Viewers can zoom and pan to investigate tracks and trackways. The apparent illumination and shading can be altered using the check boxes in the legend to better highlight tracks and trackways; depending on their orientation, visibility of tracks and trackways can be enhanced by changing the apparent azimuth of illumination.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Reality Capture

Developing a Sustainable Decision Support System for Oil and Gas Infrastructure Placement (IPAS)

Funded by:
Houston Advanced Research Center, U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Mar 1 2011 - Mar 1 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Visual Impact System for Evaluating Offshore Renewable Energy

Funded by:
U.S. DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Project dates:
Oct 1 2010 - Sep 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

CSR: Small, Self-Sustaining Solar-powered Emergency Mesh Design

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Network Analysis

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Settlement Systems for Environmental Change in the Northern Fertile Crescent

Funded by:
National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Project dates:
Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2013

Focusing on the northern Fertile Crescent, a study region of more than 200,000 sq km extending from the eastern Mediterranean to northern Iraq, the project brings together specialists in archaeology, environmental remote sensing, and geomatics to explore settlement and environmental histories through an innovative remote-sensing based series of analyses aimed at creating a model of dynamic trends in land cover and environmental change, or land surface phenology, over the past 30 years based on gridded climate data available through NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and remote sensing-based vegetation series derived from AVHRR and Landsat satellite data. In a region like the northern Fertile Crescent, where nearly all pre-industrial settlement was dependent on highly variable and relatively sparse precipitation, documenting the full effects that minor variations in climate can have is critical to understanding settlement and land use in the past and present. Our methods will enable us to map the actual effects that years or seasons with higher or lower than average rainfall had on land cover throughout the study region.

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Spatial Archaeometry; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Integration of Water Resource Models with Fayetteville Shale Decision Support System

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Oct 1 2009 - Mar 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Rural Geospatial Innovations - Mid-South (RGIS-MS)

Funded by:
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Project dates:
Aug 15 2009 - Dec 31 2010

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Jul 22 2009 - Jul 21 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

The M8.0 Pisco, Peru Earthquake – A benchmark Ground Failure Event for Remote Sensing and Data Archiving

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2009 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Visual Impact Risk-Decision Support System Development

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Feb 15 2009 - Mar 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; 3D Reconstruction

Development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Upper Illinois River

Funded by:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Project dates:
Oct 1 2008 - May 3 2010

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

A LIDAR Derived, Hydrologically Enforced Digital Elevation Model of the Bayou Meto Watershed Area

Funded by:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project dates:
Sep 19 2008 - Sep 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Corona Archaeological Atlas of the Middle East

http://corona.cast.uark.edu/index.html

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2008 - Jul 31 2011

CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields. This NEH-funded project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

Rural Geospatial Inovations - Mid-South (RGIS-MS)

Funded by:
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Project dates:
Aug 1 2008 - Jun 30 2010

While the Center is involved in a broad range of geospatial research and development of new approaches to the acquisition, management and analysis of spatial information, a key focus area is also our public outreach initiatives within Rural America. We are able to accomplish these community and local government "decision support" initiatives through a long-term USDA-NIFA funded effort called "The National Consortium for Rural GeoSpatial Innovations (RGIS)". Though this initiative has now ended, CAST continues to persue public outreach initiatives within the community.

Project tags:
Technology Education; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Beyond Carbon: Life Cycle Assessment of the Retail Supply Chain

Funded by:
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Jun 30 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Life Cycle Analysis for Fluid Milk with Experimental Verification of DNA/CA Dairy Carbon Footprint

Funded by:
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

ArkansasView: StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Arkansas

https://arkansasview.org/

Funded by:
U.S. Geologic Survey AmericaView, Inc.

Project dates:
Jul 1 2002 - Jun 30 2016

ArkansasView, established in 2002, is a consortium of faculty, staff, students, and employees in university, state agency, and nonprofit organizations building remote sensing and geospatial capacity within Arkansas. This work is being accomplished primarily through educational, targeted research and outreach, and other remote sensing and geospatial endeavors that benefit Arkansans. With support from ArkansasView, a new PhD degree in Geosciences with a geoinformatics track began in August 2014. This program allows doctoral students at the state's flagship University of Arkansas to focus more directly on remote sensing and related research questions. For undergraduate students, an ArkansasView-supported proposal to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education led to the August 2014 launch of an undergraduate certificate at University of Arkansas titled "Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies," offered completely online. In a new partnership with Communities Unlimited (www.communitiesu.org), a nonprofit serving communities in Arkansas and six neighboring states, ArkansasView is facilitating student intern development of geospatial workflows that address persistently poor rural communities' access to basic water infrastructure. ArkansasView is committed to geospatial provenance and innovative geodata analysis research that simplifies and strengthens remote sensing workflow design.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Image Analysis; Technology Education

Geospatial and Visualization: Support and Training for the EAST Initiative

http://www.eastinitiative.org/

Funded by:
EAST Initiative, Inc.

Project dates:
Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

CAST’s involvement with EAST Initiative, Inc. is primarily focused around geospatial and visualization technologies, which are applicable to a broad spectrum of student community service projects. CAST research staff collaborate with EAST’s administration to provide a wide variety of training and support services to EAST students and teachers. These include: 2- and 3-day technology workshops for students; full-day visits to EAST schools; student and teacher support through the EAST web forum, e-mail, and telephone; extensive web resources available here; technology introductions for EAST teachers; break-out sessions, presentations, demo and support at the annual EAST Partnership Conference. In addition CAST supports and manages the Northwest Arkansas EAST Training Center located on the second floor of the J.B. Hunt Center for Academic Excellence Buildind (JBHT) at the University of Arkansas.

Project tags:
Technology Education

Providing Trimble eCognition Training to USDA ARS Personnel

Funded by:
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Project dates:
Feb 1 2013 - Feb 28 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education

Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jan 15 2013 - Dec 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; Spatial Archaeometry; Digital Preservation

Digital Institute for Archaeology (DIA)

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2012 - Jun 30 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; Spatial Archaeometry

Time Team America and The Science of Archaeology

Funded by:
National Science Foundation, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Project dates:
May 8 2012 - Jun 30 2012

Oregon Public Broadcasting enlisted two specialists from CAST as part of their television series Time Team America. The CAST researchers were tasked with 1. documenting a significant prehistoric rock art panel at Crow Canyon in southeast Utah and 2. recording an archaeological dig site focused around a Paleo-Indian bison kill site, known as Badger Hole, in the plains of Oklahoma near the town Woodward. The teams employed laser scanning, RTK and photogrammetric methods to document these sites.

Project tags:
Technology Education

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Rural Geospatial Innovations - Mid-South (RGIS-MS)

Funded by:
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Project dates:
Aug 15 2009 - Dec 31 2010

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Energy

Project dates:
Jul 22 2009 - Jul 21 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Rural Geospatial Inovations - Mid-South (RGIS-MS)

Funded by:
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Project dates:
Aug 1 2008 - Jun 30 2010

While the Center is involved in a broad range of geospatial research and development of new approaches to the acquisition, management and analysis of spatial information, a key focus area is also our public outreach initiatives within Rural America. We are able to accomplish these community and local government "decision support" initiatives through a long-term USDA-NIFA funded effort called "The National Consortium for Rural GeoSpatial Innovations (RGIS)". Though this initiative has now ended, CAST continues to persue public outreach initiatives within the community.

Project tags:
Technology Education; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Time Scanners: 3D Documentation of Six Archaeological Sites for Six-Part Documentary Series

http://www.atlanticproductions.tv/productions/time-scanners/

Funded by:
Atlantic Productions

Project dates:
Feb 1 2013 - Dec 31 2013

Researchers in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas have traveled around the world using their advanced remote sensing technology to provide a 3-D perspective of archaeological sites and historic structures. Time Scanners showcases CAST laser-scanning experts collecting and analyze billions of measurements. They use the data collected by laser scanners to produce what is known as a 3-D point cloud. The six-part documentary series includes full episodes from the Egyptian Pyramids, St. Paul's Cathedral, Petra, Machu Picchu, the Colosseum and Jerusalem. Episodes are available online at http://www.pbs.org/program/time-scanners/.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeology, Reality Capture, Technology Education

Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria - Design and Development of a Digital Map and Inventory

Funded by:
U.S. Department of State

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jul 31 2015

This project was an expansion of the CORONA project specifically for extending the site database to southern Syria. The expansion of this dataset coupled with complementary data were combined with the “Do-Not-Strike” list of heritage and culture sites developed through collaboration of the US Department of State, the Blue Shield, and other partners. This list, distributed in August 2013, includes around 200 of the best-known archaeological sites (i.e., those that were home to excavation projects or that are on the tourist itinerary), but critically also includes a quite comprehensive list of museums, libraries, historic buildings, and monuments that are not easily mapped via satellite imagery. Combining this existing list with the archaeological site database helps to produce the most comprehensive inventory of known cultural and heritage sites that is currently achievable for that region.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; Image Analysis; Spatial Archaeometry

Little Rock Historic Mapping Portal

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation

Reliving Arkansas History at Historic Washington State Park

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; 3D Reconstruction

Rohwer Reconstructed

http://risingabove.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Aug 5 2013 - Sep 1 2015

During the first award period for Rohwer Reconstructed, a National Park Service-funded collaboration rooted at CAST. One of ten Japanese-American internment camps established during World War II, the Rohwer Relocation Center in rural Desha County, Arkansas opened on September 18, 1942. At the time of its closure on November 30, 1945, the camp had been home - at one time or another - to 11,926 Japanese-Americans forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast. Just as their three years of internment left an indelible mark on the landscape of their lives, so they altered the place called Rohwer, both figuratively and literally. Remnants and ruins of the camp still scatter the fields planted in cotton and soybeans, and the Memorial Cemetery, declared a National Historic Monument in 1992, is a somber reminder of the people who lived and worked here. Interpretive panels constructed at the site in 2013 tell the abridged history of the camp, but are by necessity too brief to articulate the immensity of the full narrative. The documents, maps, and visualizations presented here are fragments of that narrative, pieced together in a technological framework, in an effort to bring the story to life.

Project tags:
3D Reconstruction; Digital Preservation

The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and Distribution of Declassified Satellite Imagery

http://sunspot.cast.uark.edu/corona/index.php/home/register

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jun 1 2013 - Jun 30 2016

The expansion of this NEH-funded project focuses on building a more robust interface for georeferencing, as well as storage and distribution of the CORONA images. The study area increased to include Eastern China and those surrounding regions. CORONA image coverage is abundant in these areas and its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry, Image Analysis

Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jan 15 2013 - Dec 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Technology Education; Spatial Archaeometry; Digital Preservation

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

NPS Archaeology Program

Funded by:
U.S. DOI National Park Service

Project dates:
Sep 8 2008 - Sep 30 2011

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; Spatial Archaeometry

Corona Archaeological Atlas of the Middle East

http://corona.cast.uark.edu/index.html

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Aug 1 2008 - Jul 31 2011

CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields. This NEH-funded project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

The Virtual Hampson Museum

http://hampson.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Jan 1 2010

The Hampson Museum Collection represents one of the world's most extraordinary collections of American Indian artistic expression as well as a major source of data on the lives and history of late pre-Columbian peoples of the Mississippi River Valley. The collections at the museum are the result of extensive excavations of the Nodena Site as well as excavations at other sites in the region by Dr James K. Hampson, as well as work by others including the University of Alabama and the University of Arkansas.

Project tags:
Reality Capture; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Funded by:
University of California - Santa Cruz

Project dates:
Jul 6 2015 - Jul 5 2016

CAST researchers worked with the The Milot Archaeological Project (MAP) team, led by Dr. J. Cameron Monroe (UC - Santa Cruz) to collect ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys to map and identify the subsurface features within the Milot complex. With these data, the MAP investigates an example of state formation from the early modern Atlantic World: the short-lived Kingdom of Haiti (1811-1820), which emerged in the years following the Haitian Revolution. Essential research questions that the MAP seeks answer include: (1) did the Kingdom of Haiti draw from earlier forms of power in the region, and (2) did the Kingdom of Haiti restructure and routinize the social lives of its citizenry, or rather was it focused largely on public spectacles that sat suspended above everyday social life? The MAP mobilizes documentary and archaeological evidence to explore the relationship between architectural space and political power, evaluating competing models for the nature of Haitian political authority in the early 19th century.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

ArkansasView: StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Arkansas

https://arkansasview.org/

Funded by:
U.S. Geologic Survey AmericaView, Inc.

Project dates:
Jul 1 2002 - Jun 30 2016

ArkansasView, established in 2002, is a consortium of faculty, staff, students, and employees in university, state agency, and nonprofit organizations building remote sensing and geospatial capacity within Arkansas. This work is being accomplished primarily through educational, targeted research and outreach, and other remote sensing and geospatial endeavors that benefit Arkansans. With support from ArkansasView, a new PhD degree in Geosciences with a geoinformatics track began in August 2014. This program allows doctoral students at the state's flagship University of Arkansas to focus more directly on remote sensing and related research questions. For undergraduate students, an ArkansasView-supported proposal to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education led to the August 2014 launch of an undergraduate certificate at University of Arkansas titled "Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies," offered completely online. In a new partnership with Communities Unlimited (www.communitiesu.org), a nonprofit serving communities in Arkansas and six neighboring states, ArkansasView is facilitating student intern development of geospatial workflows that address persistently poor rural communities' access to basic water infrastructure. ArkansasView is committed to geospatial provenance and innovative geodata analysis research that simplifies and strengthens remote sensing workflow design.

Project tags:
GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Image Analysis; Technology Education

Remote Sensing Investigations of Fort Randall Historic Cemetery

Funded by:
South Dakota State Historical Society

Project dates:
Apr 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015

This research investigation utilized ground-penetrating radar (GPR), magnetic gradiometry, and electrical resistance methods, as well as UAV-based aerial photography in the Fort Randall Cemetery area. Aerial photography was used to produce a high resolution orthophoto that may indicate the locations of graves in the form of vegetation markings and shadowing. Additionally, the orthophoto could be used to address the relationship between grave markers and geophysical anomalies.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Collaborative Research on Plant Stress Response Through Innovations in Phenomics and Molecular Imaging Technologies | NSF EPSCoR Track 2 - Plant Imaging Consortium

http://plantimaging.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Aug 1 2014 - Jul 31 2017

The NSF-funded Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) brings together experts in plant biology, radiochemistry, phenomics, imaging, and computational biology to apply high-throughput phenotyping and molecular imaging techniques to the study of plant stress biology. High-throughput phenotyping (HTP) allows breeders to screen large populations of plants quickly and efficiently, and to quantify numerous complex traits that are not obvious to the naked eye. Molecular imaging (MI) techniques such positron emission tomography (ie. PET scans) utilize radioactive, fluorescent, or luminescent probes to elucidate the physiological processes that govern stress tolerance or susceptibility in plants. Together, these bioimaging technologies have transformative power to link genotype to phenotype and identify genetic sources of stress tolerance for crop improvement.

Project tags:
Reality Capture

Little Rock Historic Mapping Portal

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2016

project description needed...

Project tags:
Digital Preservation

The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and Distribution of Declassified Satellite Imagery

http://sunspot.cast.uark.edu/corona/index.php/home/register

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
Jun 1 2013 - Jun 30 2016

The expansion of this NEH-funded project focuses on building a more robust interface for georeferencing, as well as storage and distribution of the CORONA images. The study area increased to include Eastern China and those surrounding regions. CORONA image coverage is abundant in these areas and its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated; however, other areas of the world are being explored as the project progresses. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972.

Project tags:
Digital Preservation; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry, Image Analysis

Mapping Archaeological Landscapes of the Middle Missouri River Valley

Funded by:
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, South Dakota State Historical Society

Project dates:
Jan 1 2013 - Dec 31 2015

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

The Rooms Beneath Our Feet: Multisensory Survey of Late Archaic (3000-1800 B.C.) Ceremonial Architecture in Peru

https://caballetearchaeologicalresearchproject.wordpress.com/welcome/

Funded by:
The Field Museum

Project dates:
May 15 2015 - Aug 15 2015

In collaboration with The Field Museum, CAST researchers conducted aerial surveys resulting in photography/photogrammetry, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys, and magnetometry surveys to map the surface and to identify subsurface architecture on and around the platform mounds and sunken circular plazas at the site of Caballete in the Norte Chico region of Peru. This collaboration among CAST researchers and local Peruvian archaeologists uses innovative and experimental geophysical/remote sensing techniques to explore the Late Archair ceremonial structures and plan for later, more targeted excavations.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

Development of a High-Resolution Impervious Surface/Land-cover Map for Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Funded by:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises

Project dates:
Sep 4 2012 - Mar 31 2013

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Mapping Archaeological Landscapes using Aerial Thermographic Imaging

Funded by:
National Endowment for the Humanities

Project dates:
May 1 2012 - Jul 31 2014

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Spatial Archaeometry

MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Integrated Computational Instrument for Research and Education

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

Settlement Systems for Environmental Change in the Northern Fertile Crescent

Funded by:
National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Project dates:
Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2013

Focusing on the northern Fertile Crescent, a study region of more than 200,000 sq km extending from the eastern Mediterranean to northern Iraq, the project brings together specialists in archaeology, environmental remote sensing, and geomatics to explore settlement and environmental histories through an innovative remote-sensing based series of analyses aimed at creating a model of dynamic trends in land cover and environmental change, or land surface phenology, over the past 30 years based on gridded climate data available through NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and remote sensing-based vegetation series derived from AVHRR and Landsat satellite data. In a region like the northern Fertile Crescent, where nearly all pre-industrial settlement was dependent on highly variable and relatively sparse precipitation, documenting the full effects that minor variations in climate can have is critical to understanding settlement and land use in the past and present. Our methods will enable us to map the actual effects that years or seasons with higher or lower than average rainfall had on land cover throughout the study region.

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Spatial Archaeometry; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Exploring Parallelization of Nearest Neighbor Search and Clustering in High-Dimensional Space on Emerging Parallel Architectures with Applications in Computer Vision

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Oct 1 2009 - Sep 30 2011

project description needed...

Project tags:
Network Analysis; Image Analysis

Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI-TRAIN)

http://www.ci-train.org/

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2013

The CI-TRAIN project is a partnership of institutions of higher education to transform the practice of information technology services for enabling scientific discovery. The CI-TRAIN project was founded by institutions in Arkansas and West Virginia in a partnership that builds on common research in nanoscience and geosciences and leverages complementary expertise.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; 3D Reconstruction; Reality Capture; Network Analysis; GIS, GNSS and Mapping; Technology Education; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis

The M8.0 Pisco, Peru Earthquake – A benchmark Ground Failure Event for Remote Sensing and Data Archiving

Funded by:
National Science Foundation

Project dates:
Jul 1 2009 - Dec 31 2012

project description needed...

Project tags:
Image Analysis; Reality Capture; GIS, GNSS and Mapping

Streamlining Archaeogeophysical Data Processing and Integration for DoD Field Use

http://archaeofusion.com

Funded by:
U.S. Department of Defense

Project dates:
Apr 1 2006 - Sep 30 2012

This project was funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), Department of Defense. ArchaeoFusion is a tool for Archaeologists and others who use ground penetrating sensors to build subsurface maps. ArchaeoFusion will load data from many sources, processes the data, and then integrate it into a clear representation of subsurface features.

Project tags:
Spatial Archaeometry; Image Analysis

The Virtual Hampson Museum

http://hampson.cast.uark.edu/

Funded by:
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

Project dates:
Jan 1 2008 - Jan 1 2010

The Hampson Museum Collection represents one of the world's most extraordinary collections of American Indian artistic expression as well as a major source of data on the lives and history of late pre-Columbian peoples of the Mississippi River Valley. The collections at the museum are the result of extensive excavations of the Nodena Site as well as excavations at other sites in the region by Dr James K. Hampson, as well as work by others including the University of Alabama and the University of Arkansas.

Project tags:
Reality Capture; Digital Preservation; Image Analysis