Satellite Earth Observation for continental-scale monitoring of surface water dynamics

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Join us as Ben Devries from the University of Maryland presents "Satellite Earth Observation for continental-scale monitoring of surface water dynamics".

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Satellite Earth Observation (EO) data continue to play an increasingly important role in the study of environmental dynamics. The release of huge amounts of EO data to the public within the past ten years, coupled with the advent of cloud computing technologies, is now enabling the monitoring of environmental change processes at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions. In this presentation, I will demonstrate new approaches for integrating data from diverse operational EO constellations, such as the NASA/USGS Landsat and ESA/Copernicus Sentinel missions, towards the improved detection of wetlands and understanding of their dynamics, near real-time monitoring of flood disasters, and water quality monitoring in lake ecosystems. Further development of these fully automated approaches for monitoring the dynamics of surface water quantity and quality will be important for integrating data from EO missions planned for launch in the near future.

Speaker Bio

Ben DeVries is an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, where he is developing automated methods for the mapping and monitoring of wetland and flood inundation dynamics using multi-source satellite data. Ben was born and raised in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands for his graduate studies. He completed his M.Sc. in International Land and Water Management in 2010 and his Ph.D. in Remote Sensing in 2015.