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2013 ESRI SAG Award WinnerMid-America Remote Sensing Center

Blackburn Science BuildingThe Mid-American Remote sensing Center (MARC) is located on the north wing of the 4th floor of the Blackburn Science Building. We have been in our "new" home since 2009, having previously been located in the Lowry Center.

Our facility in the Blackburn Science Building provides us with a large classroom computer lab, offices for faculty, staff, and graduate students, and research space for a wide variety of multi-disciplinary pursuits, plus a map and media library.

MARC is one of the three research centers at Murray State University. Together with Hancock Biological Station, and the Chemical Services Laboratory, MARC engages in a broad spectrum of research pursuits. MARC is also a member of the Murray State Watershed Studies Institute (WSI), one of Kentucky's four "Centers of Excellence." MARC Associates are also active participants in local and regional interest groups such as WaterWatch, the Four Rivers Watershed Watch, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).

Faculty, staff, and students have scrutinized many aspects of landscape and environment change associated with watershed environments, large reservoirs, mountain-top mining, as well as the human impacts of urbanization and the historical occupance of the Southeast United States. MARC Associates and associated faculty represent diverse backgrounds, from wildlife biology, oceanography, archaeology, anthropology, geography, geology, to business and computer science. 

Please refer to our list of faculty and staff, and our list of projects, grants, and contracts for more details about our people and our research interests.

For inquiries about MARC, please contact the Director of MARC, Dr. Kit Wesler, at the addresses below.

420 Blackburn Science Bldg
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Voice: (270) 809-2149

Or, email Dr. Wesler at

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