Matthew Toro, ASU Library's Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services, was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program on Friday, February 8 for a live interview with host John Dankosky to discuss the ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) seed grant-funded project exploring the cartographic history of the greater Grand Canyon region: Mapping Grand Canyon: A Critical Cartographic History.
Science Friday produced two segements related to the project:
Join the celebration of SPARC's first year with a special lunch time celebration on
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Student Pavilion, Senita B
Presenter Michael Wulder, PhD Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada Presentation Title
How Open Data Unlocked Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring Presentation Summary
Satellite remote sensing has been available for forest monitoring for decades. High costs for data, computing, and analytical options have limited the utility and ubiquity of outputs from remote sensing for inventory and monitoring over large areas. In recent years, satellite data at scales relevant to forest inventory and monitoring have become available on a free and open access basis. This open access has coincided with decreases in software and computing costs resulting in an ability to produce previously unavailable information products. These information products have allowed us to characterize, for the first time, a systematic and consistent depiction of harvesting across Canada for a multi-decadal period in a systematic and repeatable fashion. Further, we have also been able to use time series remotely sensed data products to monitor the return of vegetation on these sites following disturbance, essentially providing a more complete accounting of forest dynamics. New modeling opportunities continue to emerge that allow for enhanced integration of calibration/validation datasets such as from airborne laser scanning. Time series of data has proven powerful to not only capture change, but to strengthen models with additional evidence of status and trends. Scientists are increasingly limited by only ambition and questions posed, rather than cost and computing limitations. In this talk Wulder aims to provide some background on where we were as a community, what has changed and what we have learned. The lessons learned are both technological and ecosystem related.
Presenter Amy Frazier, PhD Assistant Professor, ASU School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning Presentation Title
Harnessing the Data Revolution with Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Presenter Peter Kendron, PhD Assistant Professor, ASU School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning Presentation Title
How the Geographical Sciences can Contribute to the Reproducibility and Replicability of Research