The ULRMC's unique operational and technical objectives were laid out in its initial charter, and to date, the Center has implemented a comprehensive information technology capability with the requisite support staff to provide a wide variety of services to include:
- Processing of digitally formatted remotely sensed earth data
- Development of new geographic information system (GIS) data layers
- Advanced relational management of archived imagery databases using the Distributed Information Access and Analysis System (DIAAS)
- Acquisition and advanced processing of NOAA and SeaStar satellite data
Earth Remote Sensing (ERS)
The ULRMC uses ERDAS Imagine Professional 8.3 and its associated modules for thematic processing of digital remote sensing data of the earth. The ULRMC is able to process these images on either Windows or Unix based work stations.
In addition to NOAA and SeaStar data which are being processed for ongoing projects, the ULRMC has the capability to apply its processing and analysis algorithms to a wide variety of other satellite system to include:
- 15 m resolution panchromatic optical Landsat
- SPOT (France)
- IRS (India)
- Corona (Declassified U.S. KH-11)
- Radarsat (Canadian synthetic aperture radar)
High resolution data were also used to characterize:
- Land use and vegetation patterns
- Water pollution levels in rivers, lakes, etc.
- Infrastructure of populated areas
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The ULRMC uses ArcInfo 8.0 on Unix and Windows machines for developing and analyzing new GIS data layers. Past applications have included using topographic maps to develop digital elevation models (DEM's) and terrain level and slope profiles. The ULRMC has also used IRS data to create thematic map data layers and to correct and update existing vector maps.
NOAA and SeaStar Data Acquisition and Processing
The ULRMC HRPT satellite data down link station has been undergoing operational testing since October 1999. The antenna was erected on the roof of the Environmental and Resource Research Institute of Ukraine (ERRIU), one of the ULRMC founders.
Hardware and Software
The hardware and software will also be capable of integrating and analyzing commercially available data from Landsat, SPOT, ESA, and other sources. Orbital Sciences Corporation, which manages the SeaStar satellite has a strong interest in supporting the ULRMC.