Center for Earth Observation

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Remote Sensing User Group

The Yale Remote Sensing User Group (RSUG) meets on the first Monday of the month during the academic semester.  Meetings are from 5-6 p.m in the Environmental Science Center, Room 110.  Talks are about various aspects of the field of remote sensing and other geospatial technologies.  All are welcome to attend.

Fall 2016

Oct. 3

Jane Foster Reconciling the surprising rebound in montane spruce-fir forests with dire predictions of their fate under climate change

Nov 7

Ethan Miller
Ross Donihue
Drones and Mapping at Yale

Spring 2016

Feb. 1

Matt Montanaro How Landsat satellite thermal images are made, and what it means to you

Fall 2015

Oct. 5

Joseph Muhlhausen

A new tool to study environmental dynamics: micro drone applications in photogrammetry and as a LIDAR alternatives

Nov 2

Henry Glick Mapping Tree Density at a Global Scale

Spring 2015

Feb. 2

Steve Santovasi
Mark Kasinskas

Burns & McDonnell

Postponed due to storm - An Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems

Mar. 2

Steve Santovasi
Mark Kasinskas

Burns & McDonnell

An Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems

Apr 6

Joe Calamia Invisible Clouds: Detecting Cirrus with Landsat 8 Over Lake Taihu, China

Fall 2014

Oct. 6

Charlie Bettigole

Lindsi Seegmiller

Using with the “portable” spectrometer for field work and education

How to create a hyperspectral algorithm to identify leafy spurge

Nov. 3

Johanna Press

Bryce Kellogg

Modeling Trace Element Concentrations in the San Francisco Bay Estuary from Remote Measurement of Suspended Solids

Measuring forest biomass using LiDAR

Dec. 1

Stephanie Spera – Brown University Examining Brazil’s agricultural frontier

Spring 2014

Feb. 3

Russ Schimmer

Canceled due to snow storm

Developing geospatial systems to monitor industrial mines and mine wastes for the surety and financial markets

Mar. 3

Russ Schimmer


Lindsi Seegmiller &
Devin Routh

Developing geospatial systems to monitor industrial mines and mine wastes for the surety and financial markets

Hyperspectral ENVI and Google Earth Engine

Apr. 7

Allegra Gordon

Jenna Hessert

An analysis of Landsat 8 images of the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea in conjunction with in-situ land temperature measurements

Remote sensing monitoring of oil spills with implications to Arctic regions and an analysis of a potential oil spill scenario

Fall 2013

Oct. 7

Larry Bonneau

Google Earth Engine and related cloud-based tools

Nov. 4

Giuseppe Amatulli Open source software and big data: for GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analysis
Hands on exercise will be included so bring a laptop

Dec. 2

Anne Trainor
Kevin McLean
Using LiDAR data to map species habitat and distributions

Spring 2013

Feb. 4

Adam Wilson

Using MODIS NDVI to model post-fire ecosystem recovery in South Africa

Mar. 4

Mao-Ning Tuanmu

Qingling Zhang

Global consensus land cover data for spatial biodiversity research

Google Earth Engine demo using the API

Apr. 1

Lindsi Seegmiller et al F&ES Geo SIG presentations

Fall 2012

Oct. 1

Dr. Miguel Román

The Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership (NPP) Day/Night Visible Sensor: Unleashing A New Era of Nighttime Remote Sensing Applications

Nov. 5

David Butman

Kate Hacker

Landscape controls on riverine biogeochemistry

Using remote sensing to identify urban slums

Dec. 3

Noel Aloysius Use of Remotely Sensed Information in Land Surface Hydrology: A Case Study from the Congo River Basin

Spring 2012

Feb. 6

Ron Smith

Regional Climate Mysteries Relating to the Surface Energy Budget

Mar. 5

Recess break - no meeting

Apr. 2

KT Mertes Rainforest fragmentation in SE Mexico
Movement decisions reveal fine-grain species-environment relationships for three bird species in Laikipia, Kenya

Fall 2011

Oct. 3

Larry Bonneau

Review of data import routines in ENVI

Nov. 7

Various speakers A review of Yale Labs using remote sensing; includes FES, EPH, EEB, Anthro, and G&G

Dec. 12

Students Remote Sensing of Land Cover and Land Use Change student project presentations

Spring 2011

Feb. 7

P. K. Joshi

Geoinformatics for Environmental Studies & Forestry
- some experience

Mar. 7

Recess break - no meeting

Apr. 4

Chris Mackey

Larry Bonneau

Chicago Urban Heat Island

Landsat gap filling with ENVI software

Fall 2010

Oct. 4

No meetnig this month

Nov. 1

Qingling Zhang

Eliza Little

Using the NOAA “Night Lights” to map urban sprawl

Looking for Dengue fever vectors

Dec. 6

KT Mertes The relationship between tree cover and urban temperature in Los Angeles

Spring 2010

Feb. 1

Ben Zaitchik

Improving simulations of climate and hydrology through satellite data assimilation

Mar. 1

Moe Myint and
Xuemei Han

Landscape-level mapping of forest stand structure and type by combining multispectral reflectance and radar backscatter: An innovative integration of pixel-based and object based approch using k-mean algorithm

Apr. 5

Sarah Guagliardo

Will Gardner

Using Remote Sensing to Extract Environmental Variables in Dengue Fever Research: A Case Study in Merida, Venezuela

A Nomads Response to Social Change: Landsat analysis of Ulaanbatar, Mongolia from 1989 to 2009

Fall 2009

Oct. 5

Stacey Maples

Larry Bonneau

GIS Updates at Yale

Recent remote sensing software updates

Nov. 2

Dea Doklestic

Michele Trickey

Assessing the effects of Argentina’s 2009 drought and determining the dominant land-atmosphere feedbacks

Using MODIS Thermal Emissive Bands to detect atmospheric temperature versions over Chile

Dec. 7

No meeting this month

Spring 2009

Feb. 2

Helen Poulos

Using Remote Sensing to Estimate Birch Canopy Productivity

Mar. 2

Qingling Zhang

Tamara Machac

Temporally and spatially complete MODIS BRDF/Albedo product for regional and global applications

Regional Climate Change: Land-surface feedbacks in Semi-arid Regions

Apr. 6

Ron Smith, Karen Seto, Marcello Canuto, Marty Gilmore This month we will host the New England Region ASPRS meeting from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Refreshments at 6:30 PM. All are welcome

Fall 2008

Oct. 6

Larry Bonneau

Zach Parisa

What’s new at the YCEO Lab, an update on software, and some exiting new sensors you will want to know about

Estimating above ground carbon in a highly variable landscape, to a high degree of accuracy, with new AVNIR-II and PALSAR data

Nov. 3

Karen Seto Our new F&ES associate professor is an expert in urban growth dynamics and remote sensing. Karen will talk about her current and future work

Dec. 1

Kim Carlson Using feature extraction tools to classify high resolution multispectral satellite imagery in the tropics

Spring 2008

Feb. 4

Jung Hyo Chae

Will Gardner

Seasonal variation of the tropical cloud-top height from MISR observation

Remote Sensing Survey of Prehistoric Land Cultivation In the Yampa and White River Drainage Basins

Mar. 3

P. K. Joshi

Ecological Mapping in India using temporal satellite remote sensing data and other inputs

May 5

Noel Aloysius Predictability of Vegetation Growth Conditions based on Climatic Conditions

Fall 2007

Oct. 1

Larry Bonneau

Solar Illumination and Mountain Micro Climates

Oct. 15 Roland Fletcher
University of Sydney
Angkor - urban landscape, economy and environment

Nov. 5

Karina Yager

Zack Parisa

Using remote sensing in landscape ecology studies in Sajama National Park, Bolivia

Sustainable forest and rangeland management in Armenia

Dec. 3

Tom James

Brenna Vredeveld

The Darhad Valley of Mongolia as seen from Landsat and Horseback

The benefits of remote sensing to prepare for field work in Quito, Ecuador

Spring 2007

Feb. 5

Ted Holford

Russ Schimmer

Spatially integrated exposure modeling

Remote sensing - a new tool for genocide research and studies

Mar. 5

David Butman

Abe Parrish

Estimating Biomass Across Large Scales…trials and tribulations…

GIS Education Offerings at Yale

Apr. 2

Neung-Hwan Oh

Maria Diuk-Wasser

Using GIS and remote sensing to study carbon transport in riverine systems

Climate modeling for Lyme disease risk mapping

May 17

Rhead Enion Processing images with “R” to create generalized linear models to estimate secchi disc transparency, chlorophyll a and total suspended solids in Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound

Fall 2006

Aug. 8 Larry Bonneau Image Analysis and ArcGIS - a demo and discussion of remote sensing education at Yale

Sep. 12

Helen Mills

Emily Goble

Advanced classification using CART and decision trees

The truth about ground truthing

Oct. 10

Jason Nesbitt

Heidi Brown

Using ASTER to study archaeological landscapes

Comparing vegetation indices across 3 sensors (ASTER, Landsat, and Hyperion)

Nov. 14

David Griffith

Roland Geerken

Studying carbon sequestration in the Hudson River

A global LCLU classification scheme for NDVI time series

Dec. 12

Andrew Niccolai

Kim Carlson

Development of automated tree identification methodology in high spatial resolution remotely sensed imagery

Using high-resolution hyperspectral data to predict plant biodiversity in tropical forests