The Division of Remote sensing Applications was established in 1985 as research division in the headquarters of NBSS&LUP, Nagpur. The aim is to use the latest satellite technology in soil resource inventory, soil degradation and land ecological studies for land resource management. The division has the setup of modern infrastructure for visual and digital interpretation of satellite data. It has remote sensing and GIS softwares viz. ILWIS, Geomatica, ENVI, ERDAS, TNT-MIPS, Definiens Professional (Ecognition) and ArcGIS. For spectroscopy studies, the Division has ASD Spectroradiometer for soil reflectance measurement between 350-2500 nm. The division also has modest soil analysis laboratory. The Division of Remote Sensing Applications is engaged in conducting research on application of satellite remote sensing data for soil resource inventory, soil degradation assessment, watershed characterization and development of soil spectral library. It is being run in collaboration with Dr.Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (Dr.P.D.K.V.), Akola since 1987 under Land Resource Management (L.R.M) programme. The programme has two major components viz. Post Graduate teaching and Research. The students of M.Sc and Ph.D (LRM) are admitted at Dr.P.D.K.V Akola and later join at NBBSS for Research work. So far eight M.Sc and three Ph.D (LRM) students have done their research work in the division and got their degree. Division also conducts course on ‘Visual and Digital Interpretation Techniques in Soil Mapping” for Ph.D students. The Section is actively involved in teaching and guiding M.Sc and Ph.D students in Land Resource Management (LRM). So far 5 M.Sc students have been completed their Dissertation in GIS applications and presently two Ph.D students doing their research work. This programme is being run in collaboration with Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (Dr. P.D.K.V), Akola. The division has developed Linkages with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh., Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute (CSWCR&TI), Dehradun, Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur and Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana under NATP, NAIP and other collaborative projects. Keeping in mind the multidisciplinary approaches and emerging areas GIS based applications in soils and natural resources management, the GIS Laboratory is maintaining linkages with many national and international institutes, such as Soil erosion Maps of states (scale 1:1 m) Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tripura, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu. Source.