Drone mapping coastal seagrass habitats

This interdisciplinary project aims to assess the interactions of three major stressors to coastal ecosystems (climate warming, altered biodiversity, and disease) on the local and regional health of seagrass integrate ecological, microbiological, computational, geospatial analysis, and UAV remote sensing.

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Drone and remote sensing for California wildfire

Our research utilizes UAV/drone remote sensing with meteorology instruments to investigate wildfire and burn events. Drones provide a cost-effective and temporally flexible approach, especially in low-latitude mapping, for capturing and monitoring fire events. Moreover, once implemented, drone mapping systems offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for repeatedly mapping and monitoring post-burn effects resulting from wildfires.

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Drone mapping the Florida Coastal

Field trials of the multispectral UAV mapping were conducted over the Indian River Lagoon along the central Atlantic coast of Florida with Ground Control Points (GCPs), allowing for comparison to geo-referenced satellite and aerial imagery. Multi-spectral satellite imagery (Sentinel-2) was also obtained for the same region to map land cover. NDVI and object-oriented classification methods were employed to compare the mapping capabilities of UAVs and satellites.

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Urban Heat and Urban Transporation

We use thermal remote sensing and the urban heat budget to isolate and quantify the transportation impact on urban heat and climate change.

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Crime Prediction and Spatial Statistics

We develop a novel geostatistical technique to integrate historical crime data and urban transitional zones identified from the VIIRS nightlight imagery for more accurate crime prediction.


ST-Cokriging and Image Fusion/Assimilation

We develop a spatio-temporal Cokriging (ST-Cokriging) method for assimilating multi-sensor remote sensing data that optimally determines parameters by accounting for spatio-temporal covariance. This method yields more reliable assimilation results than previous methods, effectively filling data gaps while providing quantitative uncertainty estimates.

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Mapping Joe minters Afirican American Village

The application of advanced technology to document and preserve an art installation demonstrated through the mapping and digital documentation of artist Joe Minter work. Minter, a found-object artist in Birmingham, has constructed a collection entitled African Village in America around his home in Birmingham, Alabama, which narrates his life story and cultural movement. Previously, visitors were required to view the monumental environment in person, but the digital rendering will make it accessible to a wider audience

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Drone for Hydological BML Management

This study aims to show the benefits of using higher resolution images in Best Management Practices (BMPs) analysis. A drone was used to collect better surface and elevation data, provided more accurate information about the study area, better watershed outlines, a more comprehensive list of suitable BMP locations, and a more reliable cost-effectiveness estimate than using low-resolution data. The study also determined how effective the chosen BMPs would be under future climate changes and identified the best BMPs for reducing urban runoff.

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Drone Mapping the OH Serpent Mound

The Serpent Mound is an ancient and fascinating archaeological site located in Adams County, Ohio, USA. The mound is thought to have been built by the Adena culture (800 BCE – 100 CE) or the Fort Ancient culture (1000-1750 CE), though its exact origins are still debated among researchers. Drone mapping has been used to capture a bird’s-eye view of the Serpent Mound, which is believed to have served as a sacred space for various ceremonial and spiritual purposes, possibly linked to astronomical events such as the summer solstice, winter solstice, and equinoxes.

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SAVi Drone workshops

SAVI’s drone workshop covers several aspects, including assessing participants and providing training in drone operations, preparing, planning, and realizing flights, discussing airspace regulations, processing and analyzing imagery, and managing data. Trainees are assigned self-study tutorials to promote continued learning for drone mapping. The training program consists of five sections that are implemented in the field and a post-training self-study guide to prepare participants for the FAA Part 107 examination. (Free for SJSU students)

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NSF Research experience for K12 teachers

mutually rewarding partnerships with K-12 science teachers, transferring their experience in cutting-edge research to classroom content with broader impacts. I collaborate with teachers during fieldwork activities and assist in developing science lessons that utilize fieldwork data and drone mapping principles to promote inquiry-based learning with students.

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SJSU GIS and Drone society

The SJSU GIS and Drone Society (formerly the GIS Club) welcomes individuals from all majors. The society comprises people with a shared interest in staying abreast of the latest developments in geography, from gaining a deeper understanding of GIS to exploring the potential of drones. Throughout the semester, we organize various activities, including touring San Jose as a group, participating in study sessions to support each other, and engaging in fun activities.

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