Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Bringing Together The Study Of The Earth And Sky

Date:
January 12, 2007
Source:
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
Summary:
Integrating studies of the Earth with those of the atmosphere and beyond, the Environmental Remote Sensing Center (ERSC) recently joined the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. Supported by NASA, the latest ERSC initiative involves studying and monitoring water levels and biophysical conditions in large lakes around the world with data from a variety of satellite-based instruments.

Chlorophyll, whether in terrestrial plants or in floating algae in lakes, has a distinct spectral signature that can be measured by satellite. This image, produced by researchers at the Environmental Remote Sensing Center (ERSC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison using a multi-date composite of several Landsat scenes, shows algal blooms on lakes Mendota (top) and Monona (bottom right) in Madison, Wisconsin, October 31, 1999. The algae blooms appear bright green due to their particular timing.
Credit: Photo courtesy of UW-Madison Environmental Remote Sensing Center / image processing by Jon Chipman

Integrating studies of the Earth with those of the atmosphere and beyond, the Environmental Remote Sensing Center (ERSC) recently joined the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.

Environmental remote sensing is a science that utilizes data and imagery of the Earth's land and water collected from satellites and aircraft, along with field measurements to monitor and map environmental systems. ERSC uses these technologies to explore the Earth in various ways, including: mapping tornado damage tracks; monitoring algal blooms in lakes; mapping wetlands; quantifying urban sprawl; assessing agricultural land use; and supporting environmental management, transportation planning, and emergency management.

Supported by NASA, the latest ERSC initiative involves studying and monitoring water levels and biophysical conditions in large lakes around the world with data from a variety of satellite-based instruments.

In addition to research activities, ERSC also engages the public through education and outreach programs. Among these efforts are "WisconsinView," a remote sensing data distribution and education consortium funded by the U.S. Geological Survey; and the "MapTEACH" geospatial education and outreach project in Alaska, funded through a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation.

Combining the ERSC aerial photo and satellite imagery archives with the extensive global weather satellite holdings of the SSEC Data Center will enrich what is already recognized as one of the premiere remote sensing digital libraries in the world, says Steve Ventura, ERSC interim director.

The inclusion of ERSC in SSEC facilitates unique opportunities to study interactions between the Earth and its atmosphere. SSEC is a research and development center with primary focus on geophysical research and technology to enhance understanding of the atmosphere of Earth, the other planets in our solar system, and the cosmos.

A collaborative pilot study has already resulted in new techniques for displaying real-time weather data in geographic mapping applications. Working together across the disciplines creates new avenues for advancing understanding of our Earth and its systems.

For more information, visit the Environmental Remote Sensing Center at http://www.ersc.wisc.edu/; or the Space Science and Engineering Center at http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/ .


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Wisconsin-Madison. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Wisconsin-Madison. "Bringing Together The Study Of The Earth And Sky." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 January 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070111184609.htm>.
University Of Wisconsin-Madison. (2007, January 12). Bringing Together The Study Of The Earth And Sky. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070111184609.htm
University Of Wisconsin-Madison. "Bringing Together The Study Of The Earth And Sky." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070111184609.htm (accessed September 1, 2014).

Share This




More Earth & Climate News

Monday, September 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Lightning Hurts 3 on NYC Beach

Lightning Hurts 3 on NYC Beach

AP (Sep. 1, 2014) A lightning strike injured three people on a New York City beach on Sunday. The storms also delayed flights and interrupted play at the US Open tennis tournament. (Sept. 1) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Thailand Totters Towards Waste Crisis

Thailand Totters Towards Waste Crisis

AFP (Sep. 1, 2014) Fears are mounting in Bangkok that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis. Duration: 01:21 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Washington Wildlife Center Goes Nuts Over Baby Squirrels

Washington Wildlife Center Goes Nuts Over Baby Squirrels

Reuters - US Online Video (Aug. 30, 2014) An animal rescue in Washington state receives an influx of orphaned squirrels, keeping workers busy as they nurse them back to health. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Volcano Erupts on Papua New Guinea

Raw: Volcano Erupts on Papua New Guinea

AP (Aug. 29, 2014) Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted on Friday after one of the most active volcanos in the region erupts. (Aug. 29) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins