GSCE Graduate Students Doing Fieldwork in Kenya

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.

News Date: 
Sep 21, 2015

Dr. David Roy presents at U.K. Remote Sensing Conference

Dr. Roy attended the RSPSoc, NCEO & CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference 2015, University of Southampton, U.K., Sept 8-11th 2015 as a member of the conference steering committee, and give the following two oral presentations and met with European collaborators.

  1. Roy, D.P., Kumar, S., Zhang, H., Boschetti, L., Prototyping a Landsat-8 Sentinel-2 Burned Area Product, RSPSoc, NCEO & CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference 2015, University of Southampton, U.K., Sept 8-11th 2015.
  2. Roy, D.P., Yan, L., White, E.,  Mapping and monitoring field sizes and their change from Landsat time series RSPSoc, NCEO & CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference 2015, University of Southampton, U.K., Sept 8-11th 2015.



News Date: 
Sep 14, 2015

Dr. Cochrane participates in climate change press conference

Due to the worsening wildfire situation in the western United States, Professor Mark Cochrane was requested to participate in a ‘media presser’ as one of three professionals informing a wide array of journalists and reporters about the role of climate change in these events. The event was organized by Climate Nexus, a group that works—primarily through the media—to change the conversation on climate change and clean energy in the US. The press conference has resulted in reported stories including:

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Sep 02, 2015

Garth Wadsworth attends South Dakota Undergraduate Research Symposium.

With support from the SD-EPSCoR program, Geography undergraduate student and GSCE Center Scholar, Garth Wadsworth, attended the South Dakota Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre, SD (July 29-30, 2015).  Garth presented a poster entitled “Climate & Conflict in Africa and Southeast Asia” showing early results from his research with GSCE scientist Niall Hanan exploring whether climate change and variability may lead to increasing conflict.

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Jul 29, 2015 to Jul 30, 2015

Dr. Henebry appointed to represent SDSU on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate

GSCE Co-Director Dr. Geoff Henebry will serve with State Climatologist Dr. Dennis Todey of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering as the University’s representative on the APLU’s Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate. The mission of the Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate (BOAC) of APLU is to ensure that the nation maintains and benefits from strong and diverse academic capabilities in the marine (including the Great Lakes) and atmospheric sciences. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  APLU represents public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations.

News Date: 
Jul 27, 2015