Clark Labs is dedicated to the research and development of geospatial technologies for effective and responsible decision making for environmental management, sustainable resource development, and equitable resource allocation.
Based within the world-renowned Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, Clark Labs is known for pioneering advancements in areas such as decision support, uncertainty management, classifier development, change and time series analysis, and dynamic modeling. Partnering with such organizations as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United Nations, and Conservation International, Clark Labs leverages its academic base to develop innovative and customized research tools, provide software solutions to organizations in need, and apply geospatial expertise to a range of real-world problems.
Over the last several years, Clark Labs worked with Conservation International to develop a modeling environment for biodiversity conservation that could be used for a variety of land change scenarios and contexts. The modeling environment was released in 2006 within the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing software system. In 2007, Clark Labs developed the Land Change Modeler as an extension for ArcGIS, broadening the accessibility of this important tool for users concerned with land change, conservation, and biodiversity.