Category: Curtis Woodcock
Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze the land change patterns and terrestrial carbon dynamics of the country of Georgia over the last 30 years. The study has a strong social science component and includes analyses of impacts of shifting policies, globalization, and of the economic and political turmoil of modern Georgia.
The Landsat Science Team will meet at Boston University from January 10-12. The meeting is hosted
by Professors Woodcock, Friedl, and Olofsson and will focus on many issues related to the Landsat Program, including:
- Identify priorities for future Landsat measurements and technologies
- Review status of Landsat 9 development
- Review plans and status of USGS Landsat product initiatives – collections and analysis-ready data
The meeting will also include an opportunity for many of the Department’s students and researchers to present their work that is relevant to the Landsat Program.
Of the most cited articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment since 2012, Earth & Environment professor Curtis Woodcock is a co-author of six articles, associate research professor Pontus Olofsson is the lead author of two, and Zhe Zhu (former student and postdoc of Dr. Woodcock) is the lead author of two, including the most cited article.
William Nardin, currently a postdoc at BU, has joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as assistant professor. During his PhD William worked at BU on delta morphodynamics with associate professor Sergio Fagherazzi’s research group. During his first postdoc, he worked on mangrove dynamics in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam with Professors Fagherazzi and Curtis Woodcock. He is currently part of the NSF National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics 2 Synthesis Postdoc program with UC Berkeley, University of Virginia, and BU.
The paper “Bottom sediment affect Sonneratia mangrove forests in the prograding Mekong delta, Vietnam” was published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and can be read here.
The paper “Dynamics of a fringe mangrove forest detected by Landsat images in the Mekong river delta, Vietnam” was published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and can be read here.
Nardin is first author on both publications; he is a postdoctoral associate working primarily with Professor Fagherazzi. To learn more about Professor Fagherazzi’s work, check out his profile page.
To learn more about Professor Woodcock’s work, check out his profile page.
Three Earth & Environment PhD candidates are among the winners of this year’s NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship Program:
Eric Bullock was awarded the NESSF for his project titled “Improved Activity Data for Carbon Emissions from Forest Degradation Through Multi- Sensor Time Series Analysis in Southeast Asia.” Bullock is advised by Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock.
Taejin Park was awarded his fellowship for his project titled “Investigation on Changing Photosynthetically Active Growing Season and Gross Productivity of Northern Boreal/Arctic Vegetation Using EOS MODIS and Suomi VIIRS Data in Conjunction with Ground Observations.” Park is advised by E&E Professor Ranga Myneni.
More information about the NESSF program can be found here.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and Professor Curtis Woodcock along with visiting student Daniele la Cecilia published a new paper in the journal Advances in Water Resources.
The paper titled “Interactions between river stage and wetland vegetation detected with a Seasonality Index derived from LANDSAT images in the Apalachicola delta, Florida” focuses on the decline of cypress swamps in Florida. La Cecilia is first author on the paper.
To read the paper, click on the title or this link.
Earth & Environment PhD student Chris Holden is serving today on the LCMAP (Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection) System Concept and Review at EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Other members of the review panel are senior leaders from the USGS, NASA, and the Landsat Program and international experts.
Holden is working toward his PhD in Geography under the guidance of Professor Curtis Woodcock. Professor Woodcock writes of Holden’s participation in LCMAP: “The decision to invite him to participate speaks volumes about the respect for his capabilities within the USGS at EROS Data Center.”
To learn more about the work done by Holden and Woodcock, check out Professor Woodcock’s profile page.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock recently gave a presentation on near real-time monitoring at the Google Forest Strategy Meeting.
The articles are both first authored by former E&E PhD candidate and current United States Geological Survey (USGS): Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Land Change Scientist, Zhe Zhu.
The first article titled “Improvement and expansion of the Fmask algorithm: cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection for Landsats 4-7, 8, and Sentinel 2 images” was also coauthored by E&E PhD candidate Shixiong Wang.
The second article titled “Generating synthetic Landsat images based on all available Landsat data: Predicting Landsat surface reflectance at any given time” was also coauthored by E&E PhD candidate Chris Holden.
Both articles are available online now and can be accessed by clicking on the links above.
Wang and Holden are Phd candidates in Geography and advised by Prof. Woodcock.