The Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS) at The University of Connecticut is a NASA Center of Excellence in Applications of Remote Sensing to Regional and Global Integrated Environmental Assessments. Originally established in 1982, LERIS's capability for geoprocessing research, education & training, and outreach was greatly enhanced with the equipment award received from NASA in October 1997. In January 1999, The University of Connecticut was designated a NASA Regional Earth Resource Applications Center (RESAC), named NAUTILUS, for Northeast Access to Useable Technology in Land Planning for Urban Sprawl. In 2002, LERIS became the facility for teaching and training within the Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR).
LERIS, within the Natural Resources and the Environment Department, is the principal center at The University of Connecticut for conducting remote sensing and GIS research oriented toward natural resources, ecology, and the environment. The program in Natural Resources and the Environment department and LERIS is directed at education, research, and service in the field of geoprocessing, which includes remote sensing (RS), geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS).