The remote sensing laboratory at Oregon State University's College of Forestry uses satellite, airborne and tower-based remote sensing to better understand functioning of forest ecosystems and terrestrial vegetation. Our research spans a large range of topics from mapping landscape disturbance to carbon, water and energy cycling of terrestrial ecosystems to measuring forest structure and productivity at stand level, landscape and global scales. The objective of our work is to better understand Earth System functioning in the context of global change and to allow improved modeling of ecosystem behaviour from regional to global scales.
The work undertaken at the remote sensing laboratory is very much interdisciplinary in that it builds on mechanistic approaches based on plant physiology, ecosystem and atmospheric sciences as well as radiative transfer physical properties of radiation.
Our lab consists of an international group of MSc, and PhD students in addition to postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Hilker or other members of the lab.