Established in 1991 at Blackland Research & Extension Center, the Center for Natural Resource Information Technology (CNRIT), serves as an institution for research and development that takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to information and decision support systems for planning, monitoring and assessing management paradigms, new technologies, and policy relative to the economic well-being of landholders, society, and the natural resources supporting future generations. The center’s decision aids combine real-time weather, computer modeling, and satellite imagery to provide early warning systems for assessing wildfire risk and behavior, livestock nutrition, and livestock grazing conditions.
BRASS – Burning Risk Advisory Support System
This system provides continuous means for forest and grassland managers to assess vegetation and weather to support decisions related to prescribed burning and/or the risk of wildfire.
LMIS – Livestock Market Information System
The Livestock Market Information System (LMIS) enables livestock producers and traders to receive current market price information via text message to make informed marketing decisions regarding their livestock based on animals’ kind, breed, age, sex, and grade.
LEWS – Livestock Early Warning System
LEWS is an early warning system for monitoring nutrition and livestock health for food security of humans in East Africa and in Mongolia. Prior to theses projects, pastoral communities relied on traditional knowledge or scouts to locate forage and water sources. With increased collaboration, LEWS has been enhanced to NASA LEWS DDS, NASA Livestock Early Warning System Decision Support System, which has combined NASA technologies and hydrologic modeling techniques to monitor small surface waterholes and forage availability in East Africa and eventually in Mongolia. The goal is to disseminate information via the web.
NUTBAL – Nutritional Balance Analyzer
The Grazing Animal Nutrition Lab (GAN Lab) began as a research based operation to study animal nutrition and monitor grazing behavior at Blackland Research & Extension Center. NUTBAL Pro reports nutritional intake requirements and balance as well as offer the most efficient feed alternatives, including the cost of that alternative per day.
Tex*A*Syst – Ground Water Protection Program
TEX*A*Syst is a valuable tool for rural residents who rely on ground water to supply their water requirements. This program provides rural residents the means to assess how their home site activities are affecting their environmental risks. More importantly, TEX*A*Syst helps rural residents take decisive actions to preserve the quality of their drinking water, prevent water pollution, and protect health.