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PhD Assistantships Fall 2018

Graduate Research Assistantships (PhD) Available We are recruiting for Fall 2018 PhD graduate research assistantships (GRA) in the PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and PhD in Computing with an emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering. Projects include: Remote sensing of evapotranspiration and … (Read More) PhD Assistantships Fall 2018

2nd Annual Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Annual Symposium on October 30th 2017

Join us for the 2nd Annual Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Annual Symposium on October 30th 2017. Find out more here: NCA Symposium Website  (Read More) 2nd Annual Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Annual Symposium on October 30th 2017

BCAL PhD student Nayani Ilangakoon receives NASA ESSF!

Nayani Ilangakoon has received a 3-year NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship – Congrats Nayani! (Read More) BCAL PhD student Nayani Ilangakoon receives NASA ESSF!

BCAL will be at ESA!

Come check out our talks and posters at ESA in Portland! 1. Remote sensing from leaf to landscape – Nancy Glenn – 2.30 pm August 7th – Session OOS2 https://eco.confex.com/eco/2017/webprogram/Session12870.html 2. Mapping Vegetation Biodiversity of Semi-Arid Ecosystems Using Hyperspectral Remote … (Read More) BCAL will be at ESA!

Zach Uhlmann to present at Snow-Ex

BCAL’s Zach Uhlmann will present Correlating Snow Depth Distribution to Forest Canopy at the SnowEx Workshop to be held on August 8 – 10, 2017, in Longmont, Colorado. If you are planning on attending, go visit him to learn about point … (Read More) Zach Uhlmann to present at Snow-Ex

Megan Gallagher to present at GEE User Summit!

BCAL’s Megan Gallagher will be attending the Google Earth Engine User Summit in June and presenting Using Earth Engine for Viewing Greenness in Drylands with Timescale Analysis and Super Resolution. We can’t wait to see her super-resolution technique implemented in … (Read More) Megan Gallagher to present at GEE User Summit!

Southeast Idaho lidar acquisition will be underway soon.

The FEMA Region X award to acquire LOTS of lidar data in Southeast Idaho is in coordination phase now – we collected the Big Wood River data last fall and will now be collecting in multiple regions in Southeast Idaho. … (Read More) Southeast Idaho lidar acquisition will be underway soon.

Aihua’s new pub on Aerodynamic Roughness

Wanna read about how aerodynamic roughness can be quantified with lidar? You are in the right spot! (Read More) Aihua’s new pub on Aerodynamic Roughness

MORLEY NELSON SNAKE RIVER BIRDS OF PREY NCA SYMPOSIUM: NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Join us for the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Annual Symposium on November 10th 2016. Find out more here:https://bcal.boisestate.edu/teaching/courses/NCASymposium2016 (Read More) MORLEY NELSON SNAKE RIVER BIRDS OF PREY NCA SYMPOSIUM: NOVEMBER 10, 2016

$900K of new lidar will be added to Idaho

A new project in the Clearwater will acquire over 2500 sq miles of lidar data this fall: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2016/07/20/multi-agency-project-uses-lidar-assess-risks-ecosystem-restoration/ (Read More) $900K of new lidar will be added to Idaho

Upcoming NSF NEON Workshops hosted at BSU

Upcoming Workshops NSF NEON Workshop: Mapping Species, Composition (foliar chemistry) and Soil Properties with SpectroscopyNSF NEON Workshop: Topographic, geomorphic, and vegetation analysis with lidar (Read More) Upcoming NSF NEON Workshops hosted at BSU

New datasets available through ScholarWorks

BCAL’s remote sensing data products will become available through Boise State’s ScholarWorks with DOIs – check out RCEW lidar products and NCA vegetation classification:https://bcal.boisestate.edu/research/datasets. Check back for new products created by our students! (Read More) New datasets available through ScholarWorks

MS Student Ann Marie wins 2nd place poster award!

Ann Marie Raymondi won 2nd place research poster award at the Great Basin Native Plant Project and Society for Ecological Restoration Great Basin Chapter’s 2016 annual meeting. Her research poster was titled “Sagebrush-steppe vegetation on the Snake River Plain: assessing … (Read More) MS Student Ann Marie wins 2nd place poster award!

New Tool Will Help Idaho Vineyards Grow Better Grapes

Remote sensing to help Idaho vineyards! (Read More) New Tool Will Help Idaho Vineyards Grow Better Grapes

PhD Assistantship Available

Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) in Remote Sensing Ecosystem Science The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University currently has an open graduate research assistantship (GRA) starting summer or fall 2016 to study the response of northern peatland ecosystems to increased … (Read More) PhD Assistantship Available

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University

Position Summary The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic scientist-colleague for a postdoctoral position in dynamic ecosystem modeling of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. The position is funded through grants from the NASA Terrestrial Ecology and … (Read More) Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University

BCAL student Ann Marie receives NASA graduate fellowship

Our very own Ann Marie Raymondi received a NASA fellowship for her work with remote sensing, fire, and transitioning plant communities. Check it out: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/11/18/two-grad-students-awarded-prestigious-nasa-fellowships/ (Read More) BCAL student Ann Marie receives NASA graduate fellowship

Video of bat cave habitat and TLS

A brief introduction to whitenose syndrome and a demonstration of the multiple ways the Idaho Army National Guard is using remote sensing technology along with in situ monitoring to take a proactive approach to the management of whitenose syndrome. Produced … (Read More) Video of bat cave habitat and TLS

Soraya @ ICUR

Soraya, our Computer Science student intern, presents her work on BCAL Lidar Tools at the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (https://academics.boisestate.edu/icur/). Nice work Soraya! (Read More) Soraya @ ICUR

BCAL at SPRUCE!

Luke Spaete was recently at the DOE SPRUCE site (http://mnspruce.ornl.gov/) to collect TLS data on the vegetation in the warming chambers. This baseline data will be used to help DOE quantify biomass and other biophysical properties over time at SPRUCE. (Read More) BCAL at SPRUCE!

Lidar workshop at UNAM, Mexico City

Nancy participated in a fun lidar workshop at the National Autonomous University of Mexico with OpenTopography. The workshop was titled LIDAR Derived DEMs applied to Landslide, Fault, Earthquake Rupture, and Landscape Changes – find out more details here, along with … (Read More) Lidar workshop at UNAM, Mexico City

BCAL Students Participate in STEM Exploration Day

BCAL graduate students Shital Dhakal and Nayani Ilangakoon set up our TLS and video in the ERB lobby on STEM Exploration Day, Feb 8, 2015. They had lots of kids and families curious about lasers! Here are a few pictures … (Read More) BCAL Students Participate in STEM Exploration Day

LiDAR for the Critical Zone: new HESSD paper now open for Interactive Public Discussion

Check out the new Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion paper on LiDAR for the Critical Zone! This is a relatively new open access method to broaden perspectives in earth sciences and promote open discussion. The paper is now accessible … (Read More) LiDAR for the Critical Zone: new HESSD paper now open for Interactive Public Discussion

‘Can You See Me Now?’ – Mapping the ‘fearscape’ with terrestrial laser scanning

As the two foolish pigs learned before running to their brother’s solidly built house of bricks for safety, when the wolf comes calling, the quality of your shelter is everything. Animals in the wild have always instinctively known this. But … (Read More) ‘Can You See Me Now?’ – Mapping the ‘fearscape’ with terrestrial laser scanning

New research grant from NASA EPSCoR looks at new ways to monitor the hydrosphere

It contributes to the rise and fall of dynasties and shapes both the landscape and the cycle of ordinary life. Too much can be ruinous and too little is always devastating. It’s water, the element that Leonardo da Vinci called … (Read More) New research grant from NASA EPSCoR looks at new ways to monitor the hydrosphere

Czech Globe scientists visit Boise State University

Boise State University’s Department of Geosciences recently hosted faculty and students from the Czech Republic’s Global Change Research Centre for a week of training in remote sensing. In return, scientists from Boise State will provide a workshop in Brno, Czech … (Read More) Czech Globe scientists visit Boise State University

Sage School Students Experiment with 3D Scanning

The Boise State University Department of Geosciences hosted 60 middle and high school students from Sage International School in May. Sage is a public charter school in Boise. The students learned about the technology used by geoscientists in the field … (Read More) Sage School Students Experiment with 3D Scanning

UAV project to study potato stress

Eastern Idaho potato growers hope to discover stresses to their crops before symptoms are visible to the naked eye this season through collaborative research with the state’s three universities and the Idaho National Laboratory. The project will entail using unmanned … (Read More) UAV project to study potato stress

Boise State Researchers receives $748,000 NASA Grant

Climate change, population growth and fire affect the vegetation of Western dryland ecosystems. For example, fire has changed some native shrub-dominated landscapes so that invasive weeds thrive and then perpetuate fire cycles. To help track these impacts, Boise State researchers … (Read More) Boise State Researchers receives $748,000 NASA Grant

Weiser River Animation

A demonstration of integrating Airborne LiDAR, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, and 3D GIS for application to the potential Weiser River dam, Idaho. Produced in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory, Boise. (Read More) Weiser River Animation

BCAL moved to Boise State University

We have recently moved to Boise State University and can be found in the Geosciences building on the main Boise State campus. Our move has expanded BCAL to include faculty, post-docs, staff, and students interested in remote sensing research and … (Read More) BCAL moved to Boise State University

Landsat 8 imagery now available

Data from NASA’s Landsat 8 is now freely available, enabling researchers and the general public to access images captured by the satellite within twelve hours of reception. The data is available to download at no charge from GloVis, EarthExplorer, or … (Read More) Landsat 8 imagery now available

BCAL researchers, partners receive grants to help agencies manage Idaho’s natural resources

Idaho State University researchers at the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory have been awarded grants totaling $103,000 to assist outside agencies with resource management, according to BCAL director and geosciences research professor, Nancy Glenn. The money is from the Idaho Army … (Read More) BCAL researchers, partners receive grants to help agencies manage Idaho’s natural resources

BCAL and INL recently published a paper on unmanned aircraft systems

Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) recently published a paper on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The paper, “Radiometric and Geometric Analysis of Hyperspectral Imagery Acquired from an Unmanned Aerial … (Read More) BCAL and INL recently published a paper on unmanned aircraft systems

NSF grant to develop software tools to analyze LiDAR data

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory and its research partners a $320,000 grant to develop software tools to make it easier for scientists to analyze point-cloud or 3-D data. Point-cloud … (Read More) NSF grant to develop software tools to analyze LiDAR data

Biomass estimation using full-waveform TLS

BCAL is developing methods to estimate biomass of sagebrush and western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis var. occidentalis Hook) at the individual shrub/tree level. 3D point cloud data from a full-waveform terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) are used, along with data processing techniques for the biomass estimates. Sixteen … (Read More) Biomass estimation using full-waveform TLS

Immersive visualization: 3D data fusion

Immersive visualization has emerged as an ideal solution for three-dimensional exploration of remote sensing data collected using varied sensing devices. The ability to manipulate data interactively in true 3D with interfaces designed specifically for the immersive environment can significantly speed up … (Read More) Immersive visualization: 3D data fusion

UAV-based hyperspectral sensing of dryland vegetation

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based hyperspectral remote sensing capabilities developed by the Idaho National Lab and Idaho State University, Boise Center Aerospace Lab, were tested via demonstration flights that explored the influence of altitude on geometric error, image mosaicking, and dryland vegetation classification. The test … (Read More) UAV-based hyperspectral sensing of dryland vegetation

BCAL-INL partnership: Integrated GIS & remote sensing solutions

Integrated GIS & Remote Sensing Solutions is a collaborative partnership leveraging the complimentary strengths of the Idaho National Lab and Idaho State University. INL’s Geospatial Science & Engineering team has reputable expertise and cross-cutting capabilities in in-situ data collection technology, … (Read More) BCAL-INL partnership: Integrated GIS & remote sensing solutions

UAV-based hyperspectral remote sensing

BCAL and Idaho National Lab (INL site) are collaborating on developing hyperspectral sensing capabilities on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Until now, the focus has been to improve the calibration and registration of the UAV-based sensor data and test the … (Read More) UAV-based hyperspectral remote sensing

BCAL and partners awarded $668,000 in grants

Idaho State University geosciences researchers received two grants this fall totaling more than $688,000 to study fuels in shrub-dominated landscapes in the Northwest and to gather remote-sensing data to assess floodplains. The largest amount—$546,723—is from the Joint Fire Science Program, … (Read More) BCAL and partners awarded $668,000 in grants

BCAL and INL awarded grant to monitor water resources

Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences and the Idaho National Laboratory have received an $855,000 federal grant to develop and process remote-sensing technologies that will help communities monitor water resources and vegetation. This project is a jump-start to the newly … (Read More) BCAL and INL awarded grant to monitor water resources

Lidar-derived carbon estimates in encroaching juniper woodlands

Woody encroachment into shrub steppe and grassland ecosystems is a global phenomenon. Juniper encroachment is one of the most prominent changes occurring in rangelands of western North America. The spatial extent of pinyon-juniper woodlands, the third most common vegetation type … (Read More) Lidar-derived carbon estimates in encroaching juniper woodlands

A contribution from above

Inside the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory in downtown Boise, Idaho State University researchers are monitoring the effects of climate change in Idaho. They’re poring over vast amounts of data gathered by remote-sensing technologies-the use of sophisticated sensors or cameras that … (Read More) A contribution from above

Mapping leafy spurge with field spectroscopy

BCAL has been in forefront of research on mapping leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) and other invasive species in Idaho using various remote sensing techniques. BCAL graduate students Jessica Mitchell, Jacob Mundt, and Nagendra Singh have written Master of Science … (Read More) Mapping leafy spurge with field spectroscopy

Joel Sankey receives outstanding graduate student award

BCAL doctoral student Joel Sankey received ISU Outstanding Graduate Student award for 2010. A gifted researcher and scholar, Joel grew up with a fascination for the Earth and its resources. “I’ve always been interested in environmental science – how people … (Read More) Joel Sankey receives outstanding graduate student award

Virtual tours of eastern Idaho water resources and Mt. Borah quake

Want to learn more about eastern Idaho’s majestic waterways and how they drive the Idaho economy?  Curious about the earthquake that shook Borah Peak in 1983?   Ever wonder about the ground water in your Pocatello neighborhood? Answers to those questions and dozens … (Read More) Virtual tours of eastern Idaho water resources and Mt. Borah quake

NOAA funding to develop tools for watershed management

Two Idaho State University geosciences professors—Nancy Glenn and Daniel Ames—are developing high-tech tools to help local communities, agencies, and governments analyze and manage watersheds—vast areas of land that drain into lakes and rivers. Watersheds are important because they provide water … (Read More) NOAA funding to develop tools for watershed management

Wind erosion research may improve air quality

Drive along I-84 or I-15 in southern Idaho on a windy day, when fields are bare, and you can be smacked head on by a cloud of dust so dense it is impossible to see through. Dust storms caused by … (Read More) Wind erosion research may improve air quality