The Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE) fosters integrative Geographic Information Science (GIScience) research and education and application of cutting edge geographic information technologies (GIT) at the University of New Mexico through cooperative research and education, development of novel GITs, and expert data collection and analysis services. ASPIRE will advance the University of New Mexico, State of New Mexico, and the United States’ capacity to measure and analyze its lived environment through research and development of geographic information technologies and integrative approaches to educating the geographic information scientists of tomorrow.

ASPIRE brings together faculty with expertise and cutting edge research portfolios in a broad range of GIScience sub-fields, including spatial modeling, geo-visualization, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. All ASPIRE participants also have established records of collaboration across disciplines, modes of inquiry, and application domains. ASPIRE promotes collaboration between these faculty and the larger research enterprise at UNM, allowing efficient acquisition and maintenance of shared resources while also providing a resource to the UNM and greater New Mexico community for expertise in GIScience and GITs.

In addition to research activities, ASPIRE offers geospatial data acquisition and analysis services to the UNM community and serves as a vehicle for integrative GIScience education initiatives.