Friday, August 29, 2008

Featured GIS University: South Dakota State University - GIS Center of Excellence

The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) is a joint collaboration between South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the United States Geological Survey's National Center for Earth Resources Observation and Sciences (EROS). The purpose of the GIScCE is to enable South Dakota State University faculty and students, and EROS scientists to carry out collaborative research, seek professional development, and implement educational programs in the applications of geographic information science.
The idea for the GIScCE was formed and implemented by administrative leaders at SDSU, EROS, and the South Dakota State Board of Regents, and represents a unique partnership that strengthens both SDSU and EROS. EROS, a longtime collaborator with researchers at SDSU, is the largest civilian repository of remotely sensed data sets and a renowned center of applied earth systems science. In recognizing these strengths, a primary emphasis of the GIScCE will be the use of remotely sensed data sets to study the land surface and it's modification over time.

The GIScCE will employ the capabilities of geographic information science, namely remote sensing, geographic information systems, digital mapping, and geostatistics, to document and understand the changing earth. To fully achieve this, an interdisciplinary center of study is required, one which utilizes engineering principles to efficiently and accurately process earth observation data, geographic principles to create meaningful thematic depictions of land cover and land use change, and applications which focus on the resultant effects of change on the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. To date, 13 researchers from SDSU and EROS have been recruited to constitute the GIScCE staff of Senior Scientists. By serving the South Dakota, national and international communities through the teaching and research investigations of the GIScCE staff, we expect SDSU to be recognized as a global center of expertise in geographic information science studies.

If any of you is interested to proceed into GIS or Remote Sensing graduate studies, please contact any of the following professors:

Dr. Mark A. Cochrane - Fire Ecology, Land Cover Change, Land Cover and Land Use Interactions, Dynamic Systems

Dr. Matthew Hansen - Co-Director, Geography, global land cover mapping

Dr. Geoffrey M. Henebry - Synoptic ecology, landscape ecology, land surface phenology, ecological modeling, spatio-temporal analysis, grasslands, land cover/land use change

Dr. Shuguang Liu - Land Surface Dynamics Modeling with an emphasis on quantifying the impacts of land use and climate change on ecosystem services (e.g., carbon cycle)

Dr. Thomas R. Loveland - Co-Director, Geography, land use and land cover change

Dr. David Roy - Geography; development of remote sensing and advanced computing methods to map and characterize terrestrial change, in particular the occurrence and spatial extent of vegetation fires; the causes and consequences of land cover and land use change; and fire-climate-vegetation interactions

Dr. Gabriel Senay - Regional Water Balance Assessment and Monitoring

Dr. James E. Vogelmann - Botany with vegetation health monitoring emphasis

Dr. Michael Wimberly - Landscape Ecology, Spatial Epidemiology, Disturbance Ecology, Ecological Modeling

Dr. Chunsun Zhang - Photogrammetry, feature extraction, image geometry

Current graduate students: Henok Alemu, Rafael Barreto de Andrade, Sarah Arnold, Christopher Barber, Christopher A. Barnes, Stephen Boyte, Mark Broich, Jean-Robert Bolambee Bwangoy-Bankanza, Jeffrey J Danielson, Amadou M. Dieye, Narayana Ganapathy, Ronald W Hayes, Collin Gordon Homer, Valeriy Kovalskyy, Zhengpeng Li, Erik Lindquist, Luiz Mestre, Yolande Munzimi, Vincent de Paul Obade, Kari Pabst, Tsolmongerel Papilloud, Eric Ariel L. Salas, Sanath Kumar Sathyachandran, Sabina Shahnaz, Jodie Smith, Jason Stoker, Manohar Velpuri, Stefanie Wacker.

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