Category: Curtis Woodcock
Alumni Zhe Zhu, PhD candidate Shixiong Wang, Prof. Woodcock publish new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment
Geography program alumni Zhe Zhu along with current graduate student Geography PhD candidate Shixiong Wang and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock have published a new paper in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.
The paper, “Improvement and expansion of the Fmask algorithm: cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection for Landsats 4-7, 8, and Sentinel 2 images,” is available now online here. Zhu, now a research scientist at the Earth Resource Observation and Science (EROS) Center which is a part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is first author on the paper.
Zhu graduated from the Department’s Geography program in 2012 and served as a Postdoctoral Associate in the department from 2012 to 2014. To learn more about his work, visit his website.
Earth & Environment Professor Alan Strahler along with family, friends, and students celebrate the end of the semester and Strahler’s final class as an active Professor at Boston University.
Our department Administrative Coordinator Fred George was there to photograph the special occasion. Check out his pictures below.
The paper, “Automated cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection in multitemporal Landsat data: An algorithm designed specifically for monitoring land cover change,” provides a new, better way to detect cloud, cloud shadow, and snow in Landsat data using the multitemporal information of the data.
The article was published in the 152th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.
Additionally, Zhu and Woodcock have also provided a stand alone software for this algorithm (Tmask) for both windows and linux, and it can be accessed here.
Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Sanctuary Magazine, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. (http://www.massaudubon.org/content/download/12534/197327/file/mpa-sanctuary-summer2014-full.pdf, pages 22-23.)
Ann Prince’s article titled “Integrating Satellite Remote Sensing and On-the-Ground Observation” describes Pasquarella’s work using Landsat time series and ground-based ecological records to improve understanding of long-term ecological dynamics at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA.
Pasquarella is jointly advised by Profs. Suchi Gopal and Curtis Woodcock in Earth & Environment and Prof. Les Kaufman in Biology.
Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra‘s new grant has been awarded funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)‘s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program (AC4).
Hurtyra is Principle Investigator (PI) on the grant, titled “Quantifying Carbon Signatures Across Urban-to-Rural Gradients: Advancing the Capacity for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Through Observations, Models, and Remote Sensing,” which has been awarded for the period of August 2014 to July 2017.
You can review all of Hutyra’s active grants by visiting the grant section of our website.
Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock has just been awarded funding for a new NASA grant.
The new grant, “Near real-time monitoring of land cover disturbance by fusion of MODIS and Landsat data,” began on May 28, 2014 and will run until May 2017.
Professor Woodcock is listed as Principle Investigator on the new grant.
You can view this and other grants by Prof. Woodcock in the grants section of our website.
Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock, Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson, and graduate student Chris Holden are at Woods Hole Research Center this week to participate in the first ever Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Research and Development Expert Workshop on Sensor Interoperability (and sensor complemntarity).
The workshop will be held over a two day period from June 10-11 and will involve presentations, working group discussions, and the development of action plans to aid in future progress on the topics of sensor interoperability and complementarity.
During the workshop, Chris Holden will present research findings developed by the three E&E participants.
Holden is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Woodcock on the topics of land cover change and carbon emissions.
To learn more about the work of Prof. Woodcock and his research group, check out his recent publications and grants; or you can read more departmental news stories on Prof. Woodcock in our News Categories section.
Pontus Olofsson and Curtis Woodcock publish new document for the Global Forest Observations Initiative
Earth & Environment Assistant Research Professor Pontus Olofsson and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock are part of the lead author team behind the newly published “Methods and Guidance Document” from the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI).
The “Methods and Guidance Document” provides methodological advice on the use of remotely sensed data together with the ground-based observations to estimate and report greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with forests in a manner consistent with the greenhouse gas inventory guidance from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The GFOI is ” a voluntary partnership of governments and international organization” that “recogniz[es] that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world” (“about-gfoi“).
To access the document, click here.
To learn more about the work of Professor Woodcock and Asst. Research Professor Olofsson, check out our recent publications section or see other news stories featuring them in our news categories section.
Post-Doctoral Associate Zhe Zhu publishes new article in Remote Sensing of Environment, co-authored by Curtis Woodcock
The paper, “Continuous change detection and classification of land cover using all available Landsat data” was published in the 144th volume of the journal issued March 25, 2014.
Co-authoring the article with Zhu is Professor & Chair Curtis Woodcock.
Zhe Zhu is a first year Post-doctoral Associate; he received his PhD in Geography from Boston University in 2012.
To learn more about Zhe Zhu and his work, visit his profile page.
Earth & Environment Chair Curtis Woodcock is in Berlin, Germany this week to participate in “Frontiers in Earth Observations Land System Science,” the 5th Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover.
The Workshop is a joint venture by the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) and NASA’s Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program.
The event is taking place from March 17th to 18th and features four half day sessions focused on different themes surrounding Remote Sensing.
Prof. Woodcock delivered the opening Keynote Address at the first session on “New sensors and emerging opportunities for land use and land cover monitoring.”
His address was titled “Monitoring Land Change: New Observations and New Opportunities.”