Remote Sensing Laboratory

Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems uses observations collected from satellites to airborne platforms to research towers to obtain information about vegetation over land and relate this data to models of the carbon, water and energy cycle regionally and globally. One aspect of this work is studying the links between vegetation structure and function, which can be obtained for instance using multi-angle optical systems, but also from airborne and terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) data.

Our group also studies changes in vegetation and vegetation cover over time using time series of satellite data. This research includes mapping of land cover and land use change and ecosystem disturbance as well as degradation of vegetation over time. Remote sensing is very much interdisciplinary in that it builds on mechanistic approaches based on plant physiology, ecosystem and atmospheric science and requires collaborations across related earth science fields.

Program Image: 
remote sensing, LiDAR
Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Thomas Hilker
Key People: 
  • Erick Mc Adam
  • Celio Sousa
  • Yhasmin Mendes