Seminar: Dr. Shaun Levick

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

Remote sensing has long played an important role in quantifying vegetation structural patterns and temporal dynamics, but scale mismatches persist between what can be characterized remotely and the sphere where ecological mechanisms operate. Innovative advances in sensor engineering, computer vision, and machine learning are enabling us to narrow this gap and explore ecosystem dynamics at scales not previously feasible. I will give an overview of my geospatial research program which moves beyond remote sensing and brings us into the realm of virtual reality for ecosystem investigation and transition prediction. I will introduce new advances in laser-based remote sensing for 3D habitat mapping and give examples of how we are using these tools to address sustainable land-management issues and deepen ecological understanding in the savannas of Australia, South Africa and Brazil.

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