This December I attended the AGU Meeting in San Francisco, California for the first time. I presented a poster summarizing methods for mapping available wetland habitat from Landsat 5, 7, and 8 to enable analyses over three decades. Also included was an analysis of 30 years of habitat availability patterns in the Sacramento Valley applying these methods. About 25,000 earth scientists attend this meeting every year, which can be a little overwhelming. I came home with some excellent feedback on my research and a notebook chock full of scribbled ideas for future work.
I have been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation's Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Funds will be used to map wetland elevations and monitor water depth in the Sacramento Valley over the next two years.
I am very excited to get to work and collect some data!
The latest and greatest 'State of the Birds' report has been released. Shorebirds were identified as one of the groups at greatest risk. http://www.stateofthebirds.org/
What can we do to help out birds? The Smithsonian has created this excellent infographic with some suggestions:
Nicholas School MEM student Maggie Ernest is carrying on with our work mapping habitat and identifying conservation areas for the San Martín titi monkey, the most endangered primate in Peru. Maggie has put in countless hours working with satellite imagery and cranking out grant applications in order to get her hands dirty this summer in Peru!
You can follow Maggie's work during her summer internship with non-profit Proyecto Mono Tocón at her new blog. Her work is supported by the Nicholas School and the Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies.
Along with my advisor Jennifer Swenson, I had the opportunity to attend the NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team meeting in Washington D.C., along with my advisor. The work presented by this group of researchers was so impressive and directly applicable for my work that I found I couldn't miss a single presentation. My favorite part of the experience was an interactive discussion regarding future research priorities. NASA is gearing up for its second "Decadal Survey", which sets goals and outlines the planned missions and specific sensing instruments to achieve those aims over the next decade. It is pretty cool that NASA so actively engages researchers and end users in this process!
Check out the NASA Science Mission Directorate's hyperwall for some cool summaries of earth observation research.