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Remote Sensing at the University of Utah

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about a place or a process without direct physical contact, and is used to measure the Earth's surface from satellites, aircraft, and drones. The Utah Remote Sensing Applications (URSA) Lab uses remotely sensed data to answer important scientific questions related to terrestrial vegetation, wildfire, and climate. We use a data from a variety of sensors, including multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar, and thermal infrared, to measure Earth system processes. Some of the remote sensing research that URSA is working on includes:

  • Mapping vegetation and monitoring seasonal changes in vegetation
  • Measuring vegetation response to disturbances like wildfire and drought
  • Assessing firefighter safety, including safety zones and escape routes
  • Measuring greenhouse gas plumes

For more details, see Projects.

The URSA Lab is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah.