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David GoodenoughOn Tuesday, March 2, 2010, Dr. David Goodenough of the University of Victoria presented "Methods and Systems for Applications" as part of the continuing Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the IEEE-Geographic Remote Sensing Society. Dr. Goodenough is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Victoria and Past President of the IEEE-GRSS.

Dr. Goodenough's current research interests focus on hyperspectral and radar remote sensing of forests and intelligent systems for extracting information from satellite and aircraft remote sensing data in combination with GIS. The applications of this research include forest and environmental monitoring, climate change information products such as aboveground carbon, and GRID systems and supercomputing for image analysis. These applications deal with pattern recognition, image analysis, artificial intelligence, geomatics, high-bandwidth communication and GRID architectures, and automation. For complete bio see: http://rseng.cs.uvic.ca/faculty/d_goodenough.html

The meeting was opened by Mr. Je’aime Powell, President of the student chapter of the IEEE-GRSS at ECSU. Dr. Harry Bass, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology welcomed the guests to the meeting. The minutes from the last IEEE-GRSS student chapter meeting were read by Ms. MyAsia Reid, Secretary of the student chapter. A guest presenter, Ms. Yolanda McMillan, doctoral student at Auburn University, presented “A Suggested Plan of Action for Graduate School” centered on getting through graduate school, via video link from Auburn. Dr. Barry Rock of the University of New Hampshire also joined the lecture by video link and introduced the guest speaker. Dr. Eric Thomas from the ECSU Division of Academic Affairs presented Dr. Goodenough with a certificate expressing the universities appreciation for his lecture. Mr. Charles Luther closed out the program with encouragement to the students present to strive further in their quest for knowledge.

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Abstract: Methods and Systems for Applications
In order to monitor the resources and environment of the planet, it is necessary to use remote sensing from multiple sensors and integrate these data with historical information contained within geographical information systems (GIS). Multiple sensors are required to identify attributes of interest. In forestry, resource managers want to know the amount of the resource by species, area, timber volume, etc., the spatial distribution, the health (chemistry) of the forests, and the temporal changes of the resource, both past and predicted for the future. The technologies of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society are used to create information systems to support resource and environmental management. In this presentation we describe hyperspectral and radar methods and systems to obtain valuable forest information, such as chemistry, above-ground carbon, species, and biomass.

Models of forests are used to predict remote sensing results. The inversion of these results can lead to the estimation of forest parameters. National and global monitoring requires systems for distributed data management. We have created a system (www.saforah.org) using GRID architecture, optical light paths, and a petabyte data store at the University of Victoria. SAFORAH serves out to the public and research community remotely sensed data of Canada and forest information products for land cover, biomass, and change. Hyperspectral sensing is used to obtain species distribution and forest chemistry. Examples of this work for forest applications and the generation of Kyoto Protocol products are presented.
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