Resources : Centers : CESAR
The Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) is a computer-based research and instruction facility administered by the Department of Geography. The purpose of the Center is to apply state-of-the-art technology in image processing, remote sensing, geographic information systems, automated cartography and numerical modeling to problems with a spatial dimension. As such, a number of Geography Department faculty are affiliated with the center. Research conducted by the CESAR is directed at both applied and fundamental problems in fields ranging from biophysical remote sensing to urban planning. This research includes computer-based map and image data processing and spatial simulation modeling as well as field experimentation. Current and in progress grants and contracts are in excess of 2.0 million dollars.
CESAR has extensive GIS, Remote Sensing, and cartography software resources including ArcGIS and related products and ERDAS Imagine from Leica. The Center research equipment is augmented by facilities in the Department of Geography including three field vehicles, a wide array of field measuring devices, a class "A" weather station and a physical geography laboratory.
The Department has also been named an ESRI Development Center. This program provides recognition to university departments that have exemplary education programs to design and develop GIS applications using ESRI's GIS desktop and server technology. Dr. André Skupin is the program director.
For more information about on-going research projects or services provided by CESAR, or for a demonstration of its capabilities, please contact:
Mr. David McKinsey, Technical Manager
Stephen Mary Birch Foundation
Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493