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 facebook page hosting a facebook live event. They discussed way NASA data and technology are helping the Forest Service understand wildfire behavior and improve wildfire recovery. With Griffith Park as their backdrop, Zach and Natasha explained how remote sensing can aid wildfire prevention, status, and recovery. Zach explained how spectroscopy using AVIRIS is a great tool for forest management. People from around the world logged on and asked questions about wildfires in California. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/nasaearth/ to watch the full video now!
“Although AGU Fellows represent the many diverse sciences of AGU members and come from different career backgrounds, they’ve each played a leading role in promoting discovery and developing solutions for a sustainable future for Earth,” said Margaret Leinen, AGU President. “We’re pleased to recognize and honor the newest class of Fellows for their significant and lasting contributions to Earth and space sciences.”
Our very own Dr. Dar Roberts has been chosen as an AGU fellow. He will be honored at the AGU annual meeting in San Francisco.
Link to full article: http://news.agu.org/press-release/american-geophysical-union-announces-2016-fellows/
VIPER lab member Zach Tane had his on going research on identifying tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada Mountains via AVIRIS data featured by JPL recently:
A few days later NPR affiliate KVPR ran a follow up story on the piece:
The story was also feature on NASA's front page on July 20th, 2016:
Recent research on the massive Aliso Canyon methane gas leak of late last year, conducted by researchers including Viper Lab PhD alumni Andrew Thorpe, was featured in The Washington Post after initial publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The size of the leak was of such large proportion that a NASA satellite could see the plumes of gas from space.
Link to the Washington Post Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/06/15/this-gas-leak-was-so-massive-that-nasa-saw-it-from-space/
Comparison of detected plumes. D: AVIRIS-C flightline at 12 January 2016, 20:25 UTC. B: Hyperion on 1 January 2016, 16:39 UTC. (source Geophysical Research Letters)
Ready, Set, Go! Seven teams of undergraduate and graduate students participated in the Geography Department’s Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, June 2. Planned and executed by the Outreach Committee (Heather Frazier, Nina Bingham, Sari Blakeley, Mike Johnson, Susan Meerdink, and Rafael Ramos) the event was hosted to promote interaction among the geocommunity and other participants, and to celebrate the end of the academic year.
Featuring clues and activities all over campus, the participants had to combine team-work, strategy, endurance, and lots of enthusiasm. Some of the tasks included getting to one of the good surfing spots on campus, taking a photo with a duck couple, and even finding a sunken place where testudines call home!
This Scavenger Hunt was for sure a competitive one. All the teams did very well and in the end there were some very close scores. Tying for 1st Place was Team VIPER (Alana Ayasse, Dan Phillips, Sarah Shivers, Zach Tane, and Erin Wetherley) and Spatial Forces (Thomas Hervey, Sara Lafia, and Georgios Technitis). 3rd place was awarded to the undergraduate Raster Masters (Chris Chien, Lucine Garibian, Ryan Linhart, Cole McLaughlin, and Andrew Westerman). These teams won a variety of prizes including: Geography T-shirts from the thirtieth and fortieth anniversaries, Geography Bags, $50 Bookstore gift cards, ESRI pens and notebooks, passes to the Natural History Museum and Sea Center, and Geography pencils. After finishing the scavenger hunt, the participants also enjoyed a graduate student poster showcase while eating Woodstock’s pizza.
According to Sara Lafia, from the Spatial Forces team, participating in the Scavenger Hunt allowed her to appreciate our beautiful UCSB campus, and her coworkers at the Spatial Center, who also participated. “I’m really happy to have participated and hope that we can make it an annual department end-of year tradition”, Sara remarked. That is indeed an idea to look forward to.
Erin Wetherley was awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) for her proposal, "Using HyspIRI-like Data to Quantify the Effects of Urban Vegetation and Materials on Microclimate at Sub-Pixel Scales." This is a competitive, multi-year award, so congratulations to Erin for her accepted proposal!
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) held it's annual fall meeting in San Francisco December 14-18, 2015. As the largest worldwide conference for the geophysical sciences, the AGU conference presents a great opportunity to talk and interact with top researchers in the field. Of course the majority of the VIPER lab made the jaunt up north to present their current research. While enjoying the conference, we gathered all current and past VIPERs for a reunion! We had a great showing of alumni: Mike Alonzo, Phil Dennison, Ryan Perroy, Becky Powell, Keely Roth, and Andrew Thorpe. All in all AGU was a lot of fun and good research was conducted.
Advisor Dar Roberts presented a talk titled "Combined hyperspectral VSWIR and broadband thermal infrared analysis of vegetation-substrate mixtures in a mixed natural and anthropogenic landscape". Also attending the three day workshop was a number of Viper alumni: Matt Clark, Keely Roth, and Andrew Thorpe.
Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship: Erin Wetherley
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship: Alana Ayasse
NASA Fellowship: Susan Meerdink and Andrew Thorpe
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship: Sarah Shivers
Carol Genetti (Dean of the Graduate Division) hosted the event while Don Lubach (Associate Dean of Students) gave a presentation titled “Networking Doesn’t Have To Make You Anxious: Tips for Working the Conference Reception”.