February, 2016: Use of Imaging and LiDAR Technologies to Identify Invasive Species

In order to eradicate a plant species you first have to know where it is. Although the best approach is to have an expert walk through the area of interest, this is costly and impractical because of the limited ability of people to survey large areas. Imaging technologies can help support the mapping of invasive the plant species of interest whether the purpose is to save them or eradicate them. This talk will present approaches to mapping invasive species and discuss considerations in determining what imagery or remote sensed data should be used in terms of spectral, spatial and temporal resolution. The presentation will review current publicly available airborne and satellite data, and show other options that can be used. Case studies showing the use of these technologies for invasive species management will be presented.

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Andrew Brenner- Andrew Brenner is currently a Senior Program Director for Quantum Spatial out of their Ann Arbor Office. He has been in the geospatial arena for over twenty years. His interests are primarily in using geospatial tools to solve people's problems. To this end he works with imagery, LiDAR, and other sensors to create information that can be integrated with GIS decision making systems. Andrew's background is in natural resources and he has a Ph.D. in environmental physics, from Edinburgh University and an undergraduate in Agriculture. He ran the GIS and Remote Sensing Research Facility at the School of Natural Resources and Environment of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for six years before joining the private sector in 1999. He has worked with federal, state, and local governments and private sector companies for both data acquisition and analysis and is a great supporter of creating collaboration between organizations for the common good.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
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