We use remote sensing to study the functioning of ecosystems, in particular nutrient dynamics, physiology and links between vegetation, climate, insects and pathogens, and the water cycle. Our research seeks to connect aerial and space-borne sensor measurements with those taken at ground level to model and spatially map plant and ecosystem dynamics.
UW-EnSpec — the Environmental Spectroscopy Laboratory — is the part of our research venture that encompasses the computation and measurement facilities for our research and work with collaborators. We use many tools in our research, but we focus in particular on imaging spectroscopy (also called hyperspectral remote sensing).
EcoSIS and EcoSML are online repositories focused on advancing spectroscopic research by facilitating data (EcoSIS) and model/code (EcoSML) sharing. EcoSIS and EcoSML meet requirements of granting agencies and journals for data accessibility, and contributors receive DOIs for their submissions. EcoSIS and EcoSML are supported by the NASA Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) Program.
Spectral Biology: We are one of the lead labs of a National Science Foundation Biology Integration Institute focused on Spectral Biology for the Study of Biodiversity and Global Change.