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Department of Geography
3611 Ellison Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Dr. Dar Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he started in January 1994. He is the author of over 169 refereed publications, over 15 books/book chapters and over 100 abstracts and non-refereed articles. Research interests include imaging spectrometry, remote sensing of vegetation, spectroscopy (urban and natural cover), land-use/land-cover change mapping with satellite time series, height mapping with lidar, fire danger assessment and, recently remote sensing of methane. He has worked with hyperspectral data since 1984 and broad band sensors such as MSS and TM over the same period, as well as Synthetic Aperture Radar. More recently he has been working with Lidar. He is the UCSB Principal Investigator of the Southern California Wildfire Hazard Center and leads the group in developing wildfire fuels maps and mapping fuel moisture using remote sensing. Courses he teaches include Land Surface Processes, Historical Geography, Spatial Environmental Modeling, Measuring our Environment, Environmental Optics, and Advanced Remote Sensing in the Optical (214a) and Microwave (214b).


  • Erin Wetherley wins the AMS presentation award Erin Wetherley received the Board of Urban Environment (BUE)'s Outstanding Poster Presentation award at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting which was held in Seattle, WA January 22-26 ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2017, 2:16 PM by Susan Meerdink
  • Dar Roberts receives AGU Fellow Award At the annual fall AGU meeting, VIPERs gathered to watch Dar Roberts receive the prestigious AGU Fellow Award. Established in 1962, the Union Fellows program recognizes AGU members who ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:25 PM by Susan Meerdink
  • Viper's Attend AGU 2016 The American Geophysical Union (AGU) held it's annual fall meeting in San Francisco December 12 - 16, 2016. With approximately 24,000 attendees in 2015, AGU’s Fall Meeting is ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:05 PM by Sarah Wells Shivers
  • Vipers attend 2016 HyspIRI Workshop Four members of the Viper Lab attended the 2016 HyspIRI Science Workshop at Caltech. This workshop provided an update on mission status and ongoing science results for the proposed HyspIRI ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2016, 8:49 AM by Susan Meerdink
  • NASA and USFS Facebook Live with Zach Tane On August 30 at 11 am, scientists Natasha Stavros from NASA and Zach Tane (VIPER lab PhD candidate) with the U.S. Forest Service were found on NASA Earth's ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:50 AM by Susan Meerdink
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