The Center for Natural Resources Information Technology (CNRIT)
Big data and computational technology for the well-being of Texas land and natural resources
What we do
Established in 1991, The Texas A&M AgriLife Center for Natural Resource Information Technology, CNRIT, is a research and development institution that brings together big data and computational technology to develop decision support systems that bolster the well-being of landowners, Texans, and the natural resources that must support future generations. These digital decision support systems form a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to planning, monitoring and assessing emerging land management paradigms, new technologies and policy.
GAN Lab: Grazingland Animal Nutrition Laboratory
An important part of CNRIT is our service laboratory, the Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab. The GAN Lab offers recommendations to producers and land managers on livestock nutrition and land stewardship based on fecal sample analysis, environmental data and computer modeling.
Decision support at home and across the globe
CNRIT deploys its decision support systems to assist with the challenges of land and environmental stewardship across the U.S. and around the world. From assessing vegetation fire risk in lands managed by the USDA Forest Service to supporting livestock management decision-making among smallholder farmers in East Africa, CNRIT projects bring advanced computer modeling and big data to bear on many of the grand challenges facing people and our planet.