Category: Curtis Woodcock
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.
During his recent trip to China, Professor Curtis Woodcock had the opportunity to spend an evening at a house carved out of loess in Shan Xi province. Below is a picture of Professor Woodcock in front of the unique home.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give the keynote address at the International Conference on Carbon Cycle and Global Change in Hangzhou, China.
Professor Woodcock’s presentation was titled “Time Series Analysis of Landsat Data for Continuous Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Condition.”
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give presentations at two institutions. On June 3rd, Professor Woodcock gave a presentation titled “Continuous Classification and Change Detection” at Beijing Normal University.
Five Boston University Department of Geography and Environment (now Earth & Environment) alumni were present at Professor Woodcock’s presentation.
During his visit to Beijing Normal University, Professor Woodcock also visited Key State Lab for Remote Sensing Science.
Later that same day Professor Woodcock was at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Geography and Natural Resources Research to give a presentation titled “Time Series Analysis with Landsat.”
Alan Strahler receives NSF grant for a Research Coordination Network to advance applications of terrestrial laser scanning for vegetation study
Prof. Alan Strahler has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “RCN-IDBR: Coordinating the Development of Terrestrial Lidar Scanning for Forest Carbon Inventory and Ecological Applications.” The award supports a Research Coordination Network to develop a simple, low-cost, tripod-mounted terrestrial laser scanner that can rapidly survey a forest stand and automatically provide an accurate measurement of the amount of aboveground biomass contained within the stand. Such information is essential for studies of the carbon cycle and measurement of mitigation of anthropogenic increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide. A second network activity identifies and develops other new applications of this and similar laser scanners in forest ecology and related fields.
The research network includes researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, and other nations who are presently working with commercial and research-built terrestrial lidar scanners to study vegetation and forest ecology. Network activities include workshops to bring lidar builders, users, and ecologists together; smaller technology developer’s meetings; exchanges of graduate students or researchers between laboratories; and laboratory and field standardization and intercomparison activities.
Co-investigators include EE Professors Curtis Woodcock and Lucy Hutyra; UMass Boston Professor Crystal Schaaf; and UMass Professor Supriya Chakrabarti. The project will run for five years, supported at about $100K/yr.
Former Grad Zhe Zhu, Curtis Woodcock, and Christopher Holden publish paper in Remote Sensing of Environment
The paper, “Generating synthetic Landsat images based on all available Landsat data: predicting Landsat surface reflectance at any given time,” was co-authored by Dr. Zhu’s PhD advisor and mentor Professor Curtis Woodcock and by current PhD candidate Chris Holden.
Dr. Zhu is currently a research scientist at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center which is a part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).