We are pleased to announce the eighth edition of the ForestSAT 2018 conference hosted by the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at the newly completed Hotel at the University of Maryland, just minutes from Washington DC. ForestSAT has become the pre-eminent conference on the application of spatial analysis and remote sensing technologies for forest monitoring, modeling and description.
Understanding whether forest degradation from fire and logging represents an important source of carbon emissions from the Amazon region is essential to balance the global carbon budget, improve climate projections, and optimize efforts to reduce land-use emissions, such as REDD+. In the video below, Danielle Rappaport, PhD student, highlights how the newly published paper she led in Environmental Research Letters will contribute to improved carbon accounting of Amazon forest degradation.
An international workshop and training were organized by Krishna Vadrevu (Adjunct Professor) and Chris Justice with support from Garik Gutman (NASA HQ) and local hosts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, as part of the NASA South and Southeast Asia Regional Initiative (SARI). Attendees and speakers from the Department were Tatiana Loboda, Chengquan Huang, Christina Justice, Kris Lasko and Eric Vermote (Adjunct Professor). Drs. Huang contributed to the training program. A field trip was held before the meeting to visit the crater of Mount Pinatubo (which exploded in 1991) and the surrounding countryside.
"Which countries import the most coffee per capita?" "What type of soil, which starts with the 3rd letter in Louisiana, is most common in the state?" "What two rivers make up the Fertile Crescent?" "An ingredient in the popular hurricane drinks of New Orleans, the invention of rum is credited to what country?"
Four graduate students from the department of Geographical Sciences traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador from March 17th to the 24th, 2018 to establish communication channels with Salvadoran universities interested in developing their academic and research capacity. Two different universities eagerly opened their doors - the Universidad Jose Matias Delgado (UJMD) and the Universidad de El Salvador (UES), known as the National University. Overall, faculty and researchers at both universities recognize the urgency of advancing applied research in GIS and remote sensing to anticipate and mitigate severe climate-related and anthropogenic impacts.
"A first-of-its-kind laser instrument designed to map the world's forests in 3-D is moving toward an earlier launch to the International Space Station than previously expected.
The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation – or GEDI, pronounced like "Jedi," of Star Wars fame – instrument is undergoing final integration and testing this spring and summer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The instrument is expected to launch aboard SpaceX's 16th commercial resupply services mission, targeted for late 2018. GEDI is being led by the University of Maryland, College Park; the instrument is being built at NASA Goddard."
Krishna Vadrevu (Adjunct Associate Professor), Chris Justice (Professor) in collaboration with Toshimasa Ohara (Senior Researcher, National Institute for the Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan recently edited a book on Land-Atmospheric Research Applications in South and Southeast Asia in the Springer Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry series.
In South/Southeast Asian countries, high population growth together with the rapid economic development are causing immense pressure to convert land from natural and agricultural areas to residential and urban uses with significant impact on emissions and ecosystem services.