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AmericaView 2012 Fall Technical Meeting at EROS

AmericaView's 2012 Fall Technical Meeting was held Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center (EDC) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With seven organized panels of experts in various remote sensing applications from both AmericaView and the USGS, an extensive and broad range of topics were covered including recent advances in land use and land cover mapping, ecosystem assessment and monitoring, data and mapping products, disaster response, and education and outreach. Twenty-seven talks were given, in addition to a poster session highlighting the work of StateView-sponsored students, and a series of afternoon workshops covering the latest remote sensing software, data developments, and education and outreach resources. Our fourth trip to Sioux Falls in the last ten years, this was perhaps the most productive and informative of our joint meetings given the number of talks, panel discussions, and related interactions. 

Landsat Study of Yellowstone Geothermal Activity

In December 2011, Rick Lawrence, MontanaView Principle Investigator and Professor of Remote Sensing at Montana State University in Bozeman, presented one of his studies at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. The research, titled Patterns of Change in Terrestrial Emittance for Yellowstone National Park Using a 20-year Time Series of Landsat Thermal Data and co-authored by Lawrence’s former graduate student Shannon Savage, was recently featured on NASA’s Earth Features page.  Lawrence and Savage used a combination of visible and thermal data from the Landsat 5 and 7 satellites to gather information on the status and trends of geothermal activity within Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service-funded study is part of a monitoring strategy implemented by the NPS in 2005, and takes a synoptic look at geothermal activity across the entire park basin, an area that is rich in geothermal activity including well-known iconic features such as Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs.  Lawrence and Savage monitored fluctuating thermal emmitance across the entire basin, finding patterns that support the connectivity among some geothermal features, while raising questions as to other hypothesized connections. Studies like these using Landsat’s unprecedented data archive are invaluable in understanding both local and broad-scale patterns of change in Earth’s physical and biological systems.  By understanding changes at multiple scales, scientists and natural resource managers are well-positioned to design management actions that protect and conserve America’s natural resources for both present and future generations.  A full-length description of the study can be found on the NASA web site.

K-12 Students Present at AV's Fall Technical Meeting

On October 11, 2011, twenty middle and high school students presented their SATELLITES research projects alongside professors and graduate students at the AmericaView Fall Technical Meeting and Remote Sensing Conference in Cleveland Ohio. The projects all used geospatial technologies (GPS, GIS and remote sensing) to address an environmental problem. 

Ten student-led research projects were presented in a poster session in which a total of 40 projects were highlighted, including projects from university students, professors, and state agency researchers. Some of the student projects included study of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the best roofing material to use to reduce urban heating, the Earth’s energy budget as affected by land cover changes, and the impact of ocean temperature on Cholera outbreaks. 

 Students attended the conference for free and stayed for research presentations on wetland monitoring and ecological assessment by United States Geological Survey (USGS) and university scientists. The students received an AmericaView medal and teachers received a certificate for their participation.

Students and teachers from the following schools attended: 
Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, OH – 12th grade
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Cleveland, OH – 7th and 8th grade
Roswell-Kent Middle School, Akron, OH  - 7th and 8th grade
Westerville North High School, Westerville, OH
Mr. Stefan Smolski, Grafton High School, Taylor County WV


AmericaView welcomes our 38th and 39th members: OregonView and Rhode Island View

OregonView is directed by Michael Wing, Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis. In addition to teaching courses in remote sensing, Michael is co-director of the Environmental Remote Sensing Applications Laboratory (ERSAL) and teaches courses in geospatial analysis of forested landscapes, GIS, and surveying.  OregonView partners include Geoffrey Duh at Portland State University, Anne Nolin in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Cy Smith in the Oregon Geospatial Enterprise Office, and Mary Hartel in the Branch of Geographic Sciences at the Bureau of Land Management. 

Rhode Island View is director by Y.Q. Wang, Professor of Terrestrial Remote Sensing at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston and Director the URI Laboratory of Terrestrial Remote Sensing.  Rhode Island View is co-directed by Greg Bonynge, a Geospatial Extension Specialist in Extension at URI.  Y.Q. and Greg have a great start at their consortium, including Shane White in the Division of Planning at the Rhode Island Department of Administration, John Mustard in the Department of Geological Science at Brown University, Peter Cornillon in the Graduate School of Oceanography at URI, Peter August in the Department of Natural Resources Science at URI, Chuck LaBash in the Environmental Data Center at URI, Peter Schultz, Director of the Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium at Brown University, Lynn Carlson in the Environmental and Remote Technologies Center at Brown University, and Paul Jordan in the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. 
Welcome OregonView and Rhode Island View!

Make Plans to Attend AV's FTM in Cleveland, Ohio on October 10-12, 2011

We will reflect on past successes and discuss future growth in the remote sensing field and discuss AmericaView’s achievements in research and applied science. Overviews of AV and StateView outreach strategies, the SATELLITES program, and AV’s committee projects will round out an informative and inspiring Meeting.

Our host OhioView, in collaboration with PennsylvaniaView, MichiganView, Eastern Great Lakes Region of the ASPRS, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute will produce an exemplary Meeting for AmericaView members and partners.  This Meeting will commemorate OhioView's 15th anniversary.  Blue Water Satellite, a spin-off company from an early OhioView grant, will be a sponsor. 

Outings include a visit to the Great Lakes Science Center/NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the NASA Glenn Research Center at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Registration, Preliminary Schedule, Call for Presentations

For more information:  Gail Nader at 

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