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What is Remote Sensing?

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about a place or a process without direct physical contact. This information is often gained through reflected or emitted electromagnetic radiation, including the visible, near infrared, thermal infrared, and microwave portions of the spectrum. Sensors that measure this electromagnetic radiation are carried aloft by airborne and satellite platforms.

Remote sensing can be used to make a wide variety of biophysical measurements. Some of the remote sensing applications that URSA is working on include:

  • Monitoring seasonal changes in rangeland vegetation
  • Monitoring fire danger
  • Measuring fire characteristics
  • Mapping invasive species and monitoring invasive species biocontrols
  • Measuring trace gas plumes
  • Mapping land cover change in Africa

For more details, see Projects.