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BCAL’s mission is to provide expertise, leadership and coordination of remote sensing research and applications, and to provide education and training programs that promote remote sensing and spatial technologies.

Our training provides students with skills and knowledge in science and technology for professional careers or continued study in all aspects of earth and environmental sciences.

Our research focuses on image processing, interpretation of remote sensing imagery, integration of global positioning systems and geographic information systems into remote sensing, and understanding spatial, spectral, and temporal scales of ecosystem and landscape processes. BCAL’s interdisciplinary focus brings together science and technology in the earth and environmental sciences.


Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) was established in 2004 at Idaho State University with a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). BCAL’s research and education have primarily focused on hyperspectral (imaging spectroscopy) and lidar image processing for ecosystem and landscape processes. Over the past decade BCAL has grown with funding from numerous federal and state agencies. BCAL’s remote sensing research covers all spectral and spatial scales, and integrates interdisciplinary research to promote sustainable environments.