ARSET - Biodiversity Applications for Airborne Imaging Systems

Monday, March 27, 2023 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Online, Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Effective monitoring and management of critically important and biodiverse ecosystems requires a comprehensive suite of data and analysis tools. The use of NASA Earth Observations (EO), in particular the combination of multispectral and hyperspectral optical imagery, thermal infrared data, and laser altimeter (LiDAR) data, can provide an increased understanding of ecosystem function. This training series will first highlight the use of hyperspectral Visible to Shortwave Infrared (VSWIR) imaging spectroscopy data, for example from AVIRIS-NG and PRISM instruments, for measuring and monitoring terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity (e.g., mapping plant or phytoplankton functional types). Next, the series will focus on using thermal and LiDAR data for characterizing the structure and function of ecosystems using airborne campaigns including the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES) and NASA's Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS). This training will also prepare participants for the use of data from upcoming NASA satellite missions and airborne campaigns such as the much-anticipated Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) mission and the NASA Biodiversity field campaign in the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa (BioSCape).


By the end of this training attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the applications of hyperspectral data, multispectral data, and LiDAR data for biodiversity monitoring and analysis
  • Utilize existing datasets in preparation for upcoming NASA satellite missions and airborne campaigns


Domestic and international governmental and non-governmental organizations who would like to use available and anticipated NASA data to help inform biodiversity-related decisions in the terrestrial and aquatic realms.