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  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Aihua’s new pub on Aerodynamic Roughness

    Wanna read about how aerodynamic roughness can be quantified with lidar? You are in the right spot!

  • 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

  • $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/

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • New Tool Will Help Idaho Vineyards Grow Better Grapes

    Remote sensing to help Idaho vineyards!

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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/

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • ‘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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • UAV-based hyperspectral remote sensing

    BCAL and Idaho National Lab (INL) are collaborating on developing hyperspectral sensing capabilities on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Until now, the focus has been to improve the calibration and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...