2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Degree Program

Geosciences, PhD

Major Advisor Name

Nancy Glenn

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Remote sensing plays an important role in understanding the structure and function of global terrestrial ecosystems. In this project our research focus was to characterize the dryland vegetation structure and function in the western US. Sparse distribution of vegetation, low amount of leaves on the canopies and the bright soil underneath the canopy make remote sensing of drylands a challenging task. To achieve our research goal we collected aerial and ground based optical hyperspectral and lidar data concurrent to our field campaign. We studied the potential and limitations of these sensors to retrieve canopy biochemistry and structure and to map the vegetation cover at species level.

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