Karnataka, the luxurious land of Gold, Sandal and Silk, is endowed abundantly with natural resources like minerals, water, forests, and nurturing soils in tropical environment. Stretching across the wide spanning tablelands from coastal zones to arid zones encompassing parts of Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats, Karnataka, principally an agrarian State, is administratively divided into 30 districts spread across 10 agro-climatic zones, each with distinct set of characteristics. Karnataka is proud of Agumbe at which the second highest rainfall in the country is recorded, but incidentally she harbours the second largest arid regions in the country with vast expanses of wastelands, a paradox indeed. The incessantly denuding forests, degrading soils, polluted water bodies, dwindling wildlife and deteriorating agro-eco-systems together are resulting in ever-widening socio-economic disparities, projecting a bleaker scenario, thus calling for a proactive response to halt the decadence. Karnataka is supporting 5.13 % of Indian population with 5.83 % of total geographical area of the country. Yet, 20% of the population is still below poverty line, 33.4 % are illiterate and infant mortality is hovering around 5.5 %. Ever growing population together with rapid industrialization is changing the face of the earth with an alarming rate of environmental degradation.

Developmental planning and decision making in such critical circumstances calls for the ready availability of region-specific spatial and non-spatial data, quickly and cost effectively that covers vast regions synoptically. Awareness and utilization of spatial concepts in decision making is becoming ubiquitous and imperative all over the world. The State needs to develop both the institutions and the human resource for better application of space technology in this regard. Realizing the capabilities of the cutting edge technologies like Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System in addressing the various issues of Planning,

Development and Management of Natural Resources for equitable growth and balanced development on sustainable basis, the Government of Karnataka established the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC) in the Year 1986.

Over the last three decades, KSRSAC has done a yeoman service to the development of Karnataka State and surging ahead with greater dedication after successfully completing a wide array of remote sensing and GIS based projects such as Planning and Evaluation of Watersheds, Delineation and Codification of Watersheds, Natural Resources Census, Crop Acreage and Production Estimation, Wasteland and Wetland Mapping, Vegetative Cover and Change Detection, Environmental Impact Assessment, Groundwater Prospecting, Command Area Assessment, Coastal Zone Studies, Urban Mapping, Urban and Regional Planning in consonance with the line departments of the State. Innovation, technical excellence and timely completion of projects are the hallmarks of KSRSAC.