Center for Airborne Remote Sensing and Technology and Applications Development

The purpose of CARSTAD is to promote remote sensing through the support of the airborne remote sensing business and of all activities related to airborne remote sensing.  Development of remote sensing from the "ground up" will benefit everyone in the business.  Currently, CARSTAD is in the form of a web site providing a wide-ranging source of information related to airborne remote sensing.  Eventually CARSTAD is seen as a source of airborne remote sensing services.  These will not be services that can be provided by commercial remote sensing organizations, but rather services that are not commercially available such as advanced technology and applications development, and specialized instrument characterization and calibration.

Another important function of CARSTAD will be to serve as a model for other airborne remote sensing centers.  Organizations wishing to establish a center could use the CARSTAD resources to pick the functions that they wish to implement.  By fostering the development of airborne remote sensing centers, CARSTAD will promote remote sensing in general.  It is anticipated that among the more useful functions of airborne remote sensing centers will be to develop new instrument technologies (which may be applied to spaceborne systems) and applications, and to develop ground truth sites for the vicarious calibration of space borne instruments.

In contrast to typical remote sensing centers, the emphasis at CARSTAD will be on data collection rather than data processing.  There are already innumerable laboratories and organizations specializing in processing remotely sensed data.  CARSTAD will work with these organizations to provide new sources of remotely sensed data.

An expanded description of  the proposed CARSTAD can be found at the CARSTAD Details page.  Contribution to the databases and suggestions for additional CARSTAD functions would be appreciated. Suggestions for potential CARSTAD sites and potential partners would also be appreciated, and discussion is welcomed.

Note:  This site contains a great deal of information pertaining to airborne remote sensing and related topics.  It serves as an on-line "file cabinet" for the work that I am doing.  It is not organized particularly well, so the easiest way to find things may be by using the search tool.

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This page was last modified on 19 January, 2015


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