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The Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) was formed in the early 1990s as a multi-disciplinary research and teaching facility in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University. Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing have been integral parts of the research and teaching programs of the Davis College for many years. The wide range of research and teaching activities at the Center have been designed to complement work within the College, and include environmental planning, environmental and natural resource economics, recreation, wildlife management, forest ecology, and land and water reclamation.

Areas of expertise at NRAC include economic development and environmental sustainability, remote sensing, land cover mapping, landscape analyses, watershed-based analysis and applications, and GIS-based planning and decision making. Recent projects have included development of water resource GIS datasets for West Virginia and parcel prioritization methodology development for land conservation.


  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • and many others


  • WV Department of Environmental Protection
  • WV Department of Agriculture
  • WV Bureau for Public Health
  • and many others