The Center has had extensive international connections and projects since it's inception. An early initiative, lead by then Technical Director Jim Farley and supported by the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences' Middle Easter Studies Program, was to develop relationships across the Middle and Near East. This project lead to a collaborative project in 1999 with the Royal Jordanian Geographic Center where four RJGC staff spent four weeks in Fayetteville for intenive geospatial traing. In 1999 and 2000 CAST staff visited King Faisal University in Hofuf Saudi Arabia and developed a joint proposla for a multi-year investigation and developent of a Water Resoruces Decision Support System for the Al-Hasa oasis. Unfortunately the project was not funded.
A joint effort with Conservation International and other partners involved mapping birds conservation areas throughout Central and South America. The Center has also worked closely with NASA, the World Bank, EPA and others to develop protocols for land change analysis in support of the IPCC carbon analyses and to develop a sustainable geospatial archive for Central America.
Working with the Open Geospatial Consortium, the University of Witwaterstand in South Africa and other partners, the Center collaborated in the Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development Initial Capability Pilot (GISD-ICP). Thei project focused on development of ways to improve the accessibility of geospatial data through Africa -- in support of sustainable development.