Earth Science Informatics

Earth Science Informatics

Development of Advanced Geospatial Tools

Advanced Geospatial Tools

The focus of this research thrust includes developing geospatial tools that enable real time data integration for monitoring and control. Some of the ongoing projects and tools developed include the Sensor Network Area Protections System (SNAPS), the Southern Regional Radiological Pilot Project (SRRPP), the Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC), the Consolidated Air Mobility Planning System (CAMPS), the Threat Detection and Analysis System (TDAS), the Biological Warning and Incident Characterization tool (BWIC), and the RBSPTool.


  • AirportViz
  • Air Traffic Analysis
  • Biological Warning and Incident Characterization (BWIC)
  • Chemical Security Assessment Tool
  • Defense Logistics Agency RFID Pilots
  • Electric Grid Visualization
  • Extraction of Nonlinear Climate-Hydrology Associations from Short and Noisy Time Series
  • HPAC Version 4
  • Kentucky Information Fusion Center (KIFC)
  • PortSim
  • BSPTool
  • SensorNet Research Programs:
    • Sensor Network Area Protections System (SNAPS)
    • Southern Regional Radiological Pilot Project (SRRPP)
    • Southeastern Transportation Corridor Pilot (SETCP)
    • Memphis, and Kentucky Data Information Center
  • SensorNet Research Highlights: Google Earth Utilization

[Note: Synergistic thrust areas include Geographic Data Sciences, Population and Social Dynamical Modeling, and Emergency Preparedness]


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Machine Vision and Applications proposes a new method to infer road networks from GPS trace data and accurately segment road regions in high resolution aerial images
Congratulations to the authors Jiangye Yuan, Anil M. Cheriyadat, Robert Stewart, Marie Urban, Sam Duchscherer, Jason Kaufman, April Morton, Gautam Thakur, Jesse Piburn, and Jessica Moehl

A Bayesian model for integrating population domain knowledge with open source data under uncertainty
Understanding building occupancy is critical to a wide array of applications including natural hazards loss analysis, green building technologies, and population distribution modeling.

Lab's Smart Grid Visualization Research Featured in IEEE Newsletter [June, 2012]
An article titled "Virtualization of the Evolving Power Grid" and authored by Olufemi Omitaomu, Alex Sorokine and Varun Chandola in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division has been published in the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

New ORNL Tool Developed to Assess Global Freshwater Stress [March 23, 2012]
New method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.

Off the Map [March 2012]
After the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast along Sendai, Japan, a special team at the software company Esri quickly jumped into action.

New ORNL Technology to help KUB Customers Understand Their Bill
January 27, 2012, WATE.COM – If you think there's a problem with your utility charges or how your meter's being read, all you may be able to do is call your utility company.

Grid Visualization Efforts Helped Heal After Hurricane
September 26, 2011 – By many counts, Irene was the worst hurricane the U.S. East Coast has had to contend with since 2003. For those inland areas hit hardest by flooding, restoration will likely continue for years.

Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Do People Fail to Respond to Tornado Warnings?
Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez at Oak Ridge National Laboratory helped conduct a phone survey of more than 600 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.