Satellite sensors track spring greenup, growing season

Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang and his colleagues use environmental satellite data to track vegetation during the growing season:

News Date: 
Jun 07, 2018

Pedro Oliveira awarded a 2018 NASA Earth & Space Sciences Fellowship

Pedro Oliveira was awarded a 2018 NASA Earth & Space Sciences Fellowship for his proposal entitled Integrating Airborne LiDAR, Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 Data to Map Brazilian Amazon Tropical Moist Forest Biome (BATMFB) Canopy Height. His advisor is Prof. David Roy. The goal of his three year PhD research funding proposal is to use Landsat-8, Sentinel-2 and Brazilian Space Agency (INPE) airborne LiDAR data to investigate canopy height estimation. Canopy height is a predictor of above ground biomass and repeat maps provide information on carbon stocks and fluxes. The proposed research is responsive to the NASA focus on carbon cycle and ecosystems and is responsive to the upcoming NASA GEDI satellite LiDAR mission. NASA received a total of 424 applications of which 54 were selected. A full list of awarded grants is at

News Date: 
May 15, 2018

Congratulations to our recent GSE graduates!

Dr. Francis Dwomoh successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Vulnerability of protected areas to human encroachment, climate change and fire in the fragmented tropical forests of West Africa” on March 14. Prof. Mike Wimberly has been his dissertation advisor.

Dr. Milkah Njoki Kahiu successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Satellite remote sensing of woody and herbaceous leaf area for improved understanding of forage and fire in Africa” on March 15. Prof. Niall Hanan, currently at New Mexico State University, has been her dissertation advisor.

Dr. Christoffer Axelsson successfully defended his dissertation entitled “A study of African savanna vegetation structure, patterning, and change” on April 25. Prof. Niall Hanan, currently at New Mexico State University, has been his dissertation advisor.

Francis and Njoki will officially graduate this spring and Chris this summer.

News Date: 
May 03, 2018

Group Photo of the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence

Front row (left --> right): Visiting Scientist Aklilu Getinet, MS Student Meng Wang, Post-Doc Lingling Liu, PhD Student Xiaoman Lu, PhD Candidate Yenni Vetrita, PhD Student Andrea Hess, Research Coordinator Julie Westberg

Second row: Assistant Research Professor Lin Yan, Computer and Information Research Scientist Adam Dosch, Post-Doc Zhongbin Li, Professor Xiaoyang Zhang, Post-Doc Kamilya Kelgenbaeva, PhD Candidate Fangjun Li

Third row: Geospatial Analyst Alexey Egorov, Post-Doc Woubet Alemu, Post-Doc Dawn Nekorchuk, PhD Candidate Jianmin Wang, Visiting Scientist Junfeng Xu

Fourth row: PhD Student Pedro Oliveira, Professor Mike Wimberly, PhD Candidate Monika Tomaszewska, Post-Doc Haiyang Huang, Assistant Research Professor Hankui Zhang

Back row: Computer Support Specialist Rachael Auch, Co-Director Geoff Henebry, Professor David Roy, Post-Doc Francis Dwomoh, Assistant Professor Rasmus Houberg, Post-Doc Justin Davis

Missing: MS Student Herve Kashongwe, MS Student Kyle Kaskie, PhD Candidate Lan Nguyen, Assistant Research Professor Izaya Numata

News Date: 
May 03, 2018