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Czech Globe scientists visit Boise State University

Czech-groupBoise 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 Republic, at the end of this month. The workshop will cover remote sensing data collection and image processing for ecological applications related to forest productivity, land use and forest bark beetle kill.

Funding for both sides of the exchange was provided by the Global Change Research Centre’s HYDAP project, which focuses on increasing training and knowledge with partnership institutions on the latest technologies in remote sensing.

During the May visit, the Czech scientists received training on LiDAR (light detection and ranging), terrestrial laser scanning and hyperspectral remote sensing. They also visited the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed. This recently funded National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatory is led by Boise State, Idaho State and ARS.

ARS scientist Pat Clark discussed the research associated with ecology and remote sensing at Reynolds Creek, and the scientists identified several areas of collaboration with the Critical Zone Observatory.

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