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. URSA Lab uses data from multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar, and thermal infrared sensors to measure Earth system processes. Some of the remote sensing applications that URSA is working on include:

  • Monitoring seasonal changes in vegetation
  • Mapping vegetation species and functional types
  • Measuring vegetation response to disturbances like wildfire and drought
  • Monitoring fuel moisture and fire danger
  • Measuring active fire characteristics
  • Wildfire, fire safety, and fire evacuation modeling
  • Mapping invasive species
  • Measuring trace gas plumes

For more details, see Projects.

The URSA Lab is affiliated with the Department of Geography, the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and the Center for Natural and Technological Hazards at the University of Utah.