About the Satellite, Airborne, and UAV Remote Sensing Group

About Us

We are environmental scientists focusing on the carbon cycle, vegetation dynamics, landscape ecology, remote sensing, and geospatial science. Our research ranges from field studies of vegetation structure to the use of satellite imagery in an effort to predict disease, understand forest dynamics, and find and interpret past human settlement patterns. We are actively developing an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) center and have deployed UAS systems for three different field projects around the globe.

 

Principal Investigator:

Michael Palace

Research Staff:

Christina Herrick
Franklin Sullivan

Graduate Students:

Jessica DelGreco

Alumni:

Tim Algeo
Julia Shimbo
Sabrina C. Miranda

  • Tropical Forest Biometric Property Estimation Using Remote Sensing
  • Amazonia Drought
  • Geospatial Archaeological Studies
  • Eco-Epidemiology - Lyme Disease
  • Characterization of Peatland Vegetation Using Remote Sensing (UAS)
  • Forest Biophysical Properties using LIDAR (Terrestrial, UAS, and Airborne)
  • Snow Characterization using LIDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery
  • Human Geographic Studies in Central Africa
  • Cynobacteria Analysis using Hyperspectral Imagery
  • Biometric Forest Studies in Eastern Oregon
  • Cerrado Biomass Estimation
  • Amazonian Black Earth Geospatial and Remote Sensing Estimation 
  • Eco-Epidemiology - Rabies
  • Carbon Monitoring System in Indonesia
  • Coarse Woody Debris in Tropical Forests
  • New England Cottontail Distribution and Genetic Landscape Ecology
  • Acoustic Sensors for Ebullition of Methane Gases

Workshops:

Two workshops in June 2017 on UAV use in forestry in Eastern Oregon. Presented by Franklin Sullivan

Conferences:

Invited Talk, M. W. Palace, C. N. H. McMichael, B. Braswell, S. Hagen, M. Bush, E. Neves, E. Tamanaha, C. Herrick, S. Frolking. Long-term Impacts of Pre-Columbian Societies on the Amazonian Forest. 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Merida, Mexico.

Poster, MW Palace, F Sullivan, MJ Ducey, C Herrick. Estimating Tropical Forest Structure Using a Terrestrial Lidar. 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Merida, Mexico.

Talk, M. W. Palace, C. N. H. McMichael, B. Braswell, S. Hagen, M. Bush, E. Neves, E. Tamanaha, C. Herrick, S. Frolking. Long-term Impacts of Pre-Columbian Societies on the Amazonian Forest. AAG 2017, Boston, MA.

Poster, L Kiage, M Howey, J Hartter, MW Palace, Human impacts on Tropical Environments During the Holocene: A non-pollen palynomorphs and geochemical record from western Uganda. AAG 2017, Boston, MA.

  • Kiage, L. M. Howey, J. Hartter, M. Palace (in press). Paleoenvironmental change in tropical Africa during the Holocene based on a record from Lake Kifuruka, western Uganda. Journal of Quaternary Science
  • Hartter, Joel, Lawrence Hamilton, Angela Boag, Forrest Stevens, Mark Ducey, Nils Christoffersen, Paul Oester, Michael Palace (in press). Does It Matter if People Think Climate Change is Human Caused?. Climate Services.
  • Hill, Michael, Qiang Zhou, Qingsong Sun, Crystal B. Schaaf and Michael Palace (2017). Relationships between Vegetation Indices, Fractional Cover Retrievals and the Structure and Composition of Brazilian Cerrado Natural Vegetation. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(3), 874-905.
  • Ryan, S. J., Palace, M.W., Hartter, J., Diem, J.E., Chapman, C.A., Southworth, J. (2017). Population pressure and global markets drive deforestation in Africa’s Albertine Rift. Applied Geography, 81, 52-59.
  • Boag, Angela E., Joel Hartter, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Forrest R. Stevens, Mark J. Ducey, Michael W. Palace, Nils Chistoffersen, and Paul T. Oester. (2017). Shifting environmental concern in rural eastern Oregon: The role of demographic, place-based, and exogenous factors. Population and Environment, 38: 207-216.