GeoFly Lab is an academic mapping lab in cutting-edge drone technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at San José State University (SJSU). We use multi-platform Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones), GIS, remote sensing, machine learning, and AI to investigate urban and environmental sciences, including coastal mapping, wildfire modeling, urban data science. Our research are funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, USDOT/MTI, and CalFire.

Wildfire Modeling

NASA funded FireSage Program with Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) using multi-platform remote sensing and drone mapping for California wildfire modeling

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Coastal Seagrass Mapping

NSF B2 funded project using drones and GIS to map seagrass habitats along the California and US Pacific coast, assessing climate stressors and disease.

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Urban Data Science

Machine learning and AI (ST-Cokriging) for urban heat, urban crime, and urban transportation with SJSU URBP and Spatial analytics and visualization Institute.

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GIS and Drone for Education

GeoFlyLab integrates drones and GIS technology in K-12 and higher education, providing hands-on learning experiences. By utilizing these tools, students gain practical skills in geospatial analysis and remote sensing, enhancing their understanding of real-world applications in earth and environmental sciences.

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Open Access Drone Training Course

GeoFly Lab proudly offers a comprehensive, free drone training course on GitHub. This course covers autonomous mapping with Drone2Map/Pix4D, DJI Terra and GS Pro, ArcGIS series and Google Earth Engine, and includes an FAA Part 107 study guide. It’s designed to equip you with the skills needed for drone mapping and to empower you as a citizen scientist.

Open Drone Course

SJSU GIS and Drone Society

We welcome drone enthusiasts from the Bay Area to join the SJSU GIS and Drone Society, the first student club dedicated to the fields of GIS, remote sensing, drones, and machine learning. Follow us on Linkedin and Google Group for club regularly shares innovative breakthroughs, news, events, and highlights the dedication and achievements of our members.


Browse our all projects with GIS and Drone Mapping

Browse more drone mapping projects, including mapping of an African American village, the Florida coastal area, hydrology BMP management, and the Serpent Mound archaeological site.

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Join the Geofly Lab

Prospective students if you’re passionate about GIS, Drones, and Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, Geofly Lab welcomes you! Join our dynamic team and delve into the world of geospatial science. Please express your interest by filling out this Google Form.

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