Tracing vegetation metabolism from space: The role of remote sensing in global change research

Dr. Hilker’s research interests are in remote sensing of the carbon, water and energy balance of terrestrial ecosystems. He uses remotely sensed observations from towers and satellites to obtain information about vegetation carbon uptake over land and relate this data to models of the carbon, water and energy cycle regionally and globally. A central aspect of his work has been to scale stand level observations to the landscape where it can be observed by satellites. This includes links between vegetation structure and function, which can be obtained for instance using multi-angle optical systems, but also from airborne and terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) data.  Recently, Hilker is also studying changes in vegetation and vegetation cover over time using time series of satellite data, particularly in tropical ecosystems. This research includes mapping of land cover and land use change and ecosystem disturbance as well as sensitivity to climate change.

Seminar date: 
Monday, October 20, 2014
Presenter information: 
Dr. Thomas Hilker, Oregon State University School of Forestry
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