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Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Landscape Specialty Group, Remote Sensing Specialty Group
Organizers: Yuhong He
Chairs: Mitchell Bonney


The increased availability in remote sensing data has improved the scale, depth, and fidelity at which ecosystem traits can be quantified. Multi-frequency and/or multi-polarization microwave data, multispectral and hyperspectral data, and their integration are important sources for spatially explicit terrestrial ecosystem health assessment. LiDAR and digital aerial photos have provided essential data and insights into the vegetation composition and biophysical structure of ecosystems. The long-time series of remote sensing data, such as Landsat and MODIS, have offered opportunities to investigate ecosystem’s resilience to disturbances. On the other hand, unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) offer the possibility of a landscape synoptic view from previously unfeasible temporal and spatial scales. On the other hand, more algorithms or tools have become available for processing remote sensing data and extracting various information, such as machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and Google Earth Engine, which have provided new opportunities for the further investigation of terrestrial ecosystems. This session welcomes original research focusing on the recent advances in remote sensing for integrating measurements of ecosystem vigor, structure, and resilience at multiple spatial or temporal scales.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Melanie Vanderhoof*, U.S. Geological Survey, Todd Hawbaker, U.S. Geological Survey, Andrea Ku, U.S. Geological Survey, Distinguishing post-fire patterns and drivers of conifer regeneration from deciduous and understory vegetation establishment across the western United States 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Yuhong He*, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mitchell Bonney, Department of geography, University of Toronto Mississauga, Soe Myint , School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Using Landsat Time Series and Google Earth Engine to Examine Bushfires in Australia 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Alexander Axiotis*, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Yuhong He, University of Toronto Mississauga, High resolution disturbance monitoring of the Emerald Ash Borer: the future of ash tree health in North America 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Talia Anderson*, University of Arizona, Duncan Christie, Universidad Austral de Chile, Roberto Chávez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Matias Olea, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Kevin Anchukaitis, University of Arizona, Spatiotemporal patterns in Andean peatland dynamics across the Chilean Altiplano 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Gabriel Bellante*, Geospatial Technology and Applications Center, A multi-source vegetation map for the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska 15 12:00 AM

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