Geographical Sciences

Remote sensing involves imaging of the Earth from aircraft or spacecraft at scales ranging from a few square kilometers to the entire globe. Images are formed from visible light as well as near-infrared light, thermal radiation, and microwave radiation, and thus extend well beyond the range of the human eye. The science of remote sensing involves extracting information from these images—for example, mapping vegetation properties over large areas. Geographic information systems (GIS) assist in the display and manipulation of spatial data—points, lines, or areas with associated labels or data values. GIS is widely used by public agencies and private firms that have large land holdings or spatially distributed operations.

Faculty with Related Research

  • Bruce Andersonglobal and regional climate variability and change
  • James Baldwin – energy and the environment, regional science, economic and environmental geography
  • Michael Dietzzplant ecosystem and community dynamics across scales from the individual to the globe
  • Cédric Fichotmarine optics, remote sensing, coastal and estuarine biogeochemistry, photochemistry, water quality
  • Mark Friedl land surface climatology, global land cover dynamics, and remote sensing
  • Sucharita Gopal – GIS, spatial statistics, spatial analysis & modeling, and GIS applications
  • Lucy Hutyra – carbon cycle, urbanization, terrestrial ecology
  • Robert Kaufmann – global climate change, world oil markets, and land-use changes
  • Ranga Myneni – vegetation remote sensing with satellite data and climate-vegetation interactions
  • Christoph Nolteecosystem conservation, policy analysis, econometrics
  • Ian Sue Wing – endogenous technological change in climate policy models
  • Curtis Woodcock remote sensing: monitoring forest change and its implication on terrestrial carbon budgets; validation of terrestrial remote sensing products