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School of Natural Resources Seminar Series

Seeing the unseen: How airborne imaging spectroscopy and fluorometry reveal the secrets of plants from the air

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Hardin Hall Room: 107 South (Auditorium)
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE 68583
Additional Info: HARH
John Benson,
Presented by Ran Wang, Image Processing Specialist, Research Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hyperspectral airborne imagery can provide rich information on plant physiological and structural properties at a scale intermediate to that of proximal and satellite remote sensing and has broad applications in assessing ecosystem function and biodiversity. Built on the decades-long history of airborne imaging spectroscopy at CALMIT, we developed the Nebraska Earth Observatory (NEO), which includes a hyperspectral imaging spectrometer and an ultraspectral imaging spectrometer. These cutting-edge technologies enable us to monitor plant photosynthesis, biodiversity, and ecosystem function across Nebraskan croplands, grasslands, and forests. Combining the hyperspectral and fluorescence image cubes with ground measurements, we are able to reveal plant secrets such as photosynthetic properties at different spatial and temporal scales from the air.

Speaker’s Biography
Ran Wang conducts research on monitoring plant biodiversity and photosynthesis characteristics using multiscale remote sensing, ranging from proximal, airborne and satellite. He is currently working at the airborne research program (Nebraska Earth Observatory, NEO) at CALMIT, SNR to explore the applications of airborne imaging spectrometry and solar induced fluorescence in assessing plant diversity, vegetation health and ecosystem function.

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