Current Projects


Alternative Transportation at CSU

CSU’s office of Parking and Transportation Services gathers data to better understand how students and faculty use alternative transportation to commute to campus. Counts and locations of bicycle tickets, bicycle accidents, bicycle injuries, and Transfort bus boardings are provided to the Centroid each month in order to map hazardous intersections and high usage bus stops. These data are then used to help inform future planning.

Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT)

The mission of Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) is to preserve private land for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Through an intern partnership with the Centroid, AVLT sought to identify high priority areas for land conservation using GIS and spatial analysis. Spatial datasets including large mammal distribution, biodiversity, agricultural lands, proximity to protected lands, and proximity to riparian areas were all included in the analysis to determine optimum opportunities for conservation in different land parcels.

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) conducted an extensive vegetation mapping and classification of the U.S. Army National Guard Limestone Hills Training Area (LHTA) in Montana. The goal of this intern partnership project was to develop a Story Map and interactive web maps from complex geospatial datasets and a vegetation report. The methods, procedures, and templates produced by Centroid staff and students may be used by CEMML in the future for other sites.

Colorado View

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) nationwide program AmericaView, ColoradoView focuses on providing easy, low-cost access to remotely-sensed data for research and educational purposes. Centroid interns participated in three different projects this semester: grazing lands, invasive species, and UV-B radiation.

  • Invasive species: Changing fire regimes are affecting the spread of the invasive plant species, Bromus tectorum, better known as cheatgrass, across rangelands west of the Continental Divide. Using data provided by the Bureau of Land Management and imagery from MODIS, this project seeks to provide insights to assist in developing effective management plans to slow the further spread of cheatgrass
  • UV-B: Ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation impacts landscapes, vegetation, and human health. The intention of this project is to use a model to predict future UV-B radiation levels across Colorado and the continental U.S. from over a decade of existing UV-B radiation data.

High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS)

Mapping training locations and diffusion of impact from occupational health training sessions in agricultural communities

National Park Service

The Centroid has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop intern projects that meet the needs of NPS while providing interns with meaningful work and skill development. These include:

  • Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KAWW), located in Maine, was designated as a National Monument in 2016 thanks to significant land donations. Working closely with the Land Resources Division of the National Park Service, the goal of this project was to map and digitize the boundaries and tracts for the KAWW by referencing legal descriptions and extracting coordinates for the boundaries. A similar project is also underway for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Under the Geographic Resources Division of the National Park Service, Centroid interns have been working to digitize National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) and to update the existing spatial data of many of these landmarks by referencing official and legal documents. NHLs are nationally significant historic places due to their value in illustrating the heritage of the United States.

The Nature Conservancy: Global Lands

Digitize shale oil and gas basins to update global uncoventional oil and gas threat assessment

Secondary Cities

Secondary Cities is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Rapidly growing cities in developing countries lack the necessary data and information for future planning. This project aims to create resiliency, human security, and emergency preparedness through participatory mapping and collaborative partnerships. Centroid interns work to provide globally-available datasets to participating 2C cities, and also provide technical support to the project.

Semester at Sea

Develop and find relevant maps to serve as instructional materials for faculty on board the Semester at Sea voyage

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Under the Ecological Services Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW) administers the Endangered Species Act. Windmills, wind turbines, and windfarms can have a negative impact on threatened and endangered bird species. To better understand the effect of windmills on these threatened populations, windfarms across the United States are being updated or newly mapped using Digital Globe satellite imagery.


Past Projects

Civil War Gunboats

Rachel Carson Center

TILT Partnership: Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Mapping Technologies and Spatial Thinking

Rocky Mountain National Park: Campsites

Antarctica History Book: Creating a series of maps for print publication

Colorado River Basin: Agricultural Water Governance and Predicted Stream Flow

Maps for a book, Citizen Explorer: the Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi