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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).


  • Vipers earn Geography Department Awards On Thursday, June 7 two VIPERS and one VIPER affiliate received awards at the annual Geography Department Awards. The Jack Estes Memorial Award was established in memory of Jack Estes ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2018, 8:57 AM by Susan Meerdink
  • Wetherley gives talk at ERI climate meeting On April 13, Erin Wetherley gave a talk to UCSB climate scientists as part of the Earth Research Institute's weekly climate meetings. Her talk titled 'Large-scale remote sensing ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2018, 11:18 AM by Susan Meerdink
  • Congrats Mingquan! Mingquan Chen is now a Ceres Imaging employee!  We threw him a going-away and congratulations party with lots of good food, company, and music. Good luck in your new ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 12:53 PM by Susan Meerdink
  • Congrats Dr. Tane! Zach Tane successfully defended his dissertation and celebrated with the lab and family afterwards at Beachside. Congratulations Dr. Zachary Tane!Dissertation Title: Using Remote Sensing to Characterize Conifer Mortality during ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2018, 4:51 PM by Susan Meerdink
  • Viper Lab Dinner! To welcome potential UCSB Geography graduate students, the VIPER lab got together for a yummy dinner at a local thai restaurant. 
    Posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:35 PM by Susan Meerdink
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