Geospatial Science and Engineering PhD program students Njoki Kahiu and Chris Axelsson are currently doing fieldwork in Kenya as part of their independent research projects. Both are working in savanna landscapes, with field sites in Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks and in private conservancies in Laikipea district. Njoki is measuring leaf area index (LAI) of woody and herbaceous plants as the rainy season progresses for comparison to remote sensing estimates she is deriving from MODIS data. Chris is collecting detailed information on woody community structure (density and size of trees and shrubs) for comparison to high resolution satellite estimates. Local collaborators include the Kenya Wildlife Service who have provided access to the National Parks for this research, and communities associated with group ranches and private conservancies in Laikipea.
GSCE Graduate students Njoki Kahiu and Chris Axelsson (3rd and 5th from right) with advisor Niall Hanan (2nd from right) at the Il Ngwesi group ranch eco-lodge, Laikipea district, Kenya.