The University of Alberta's Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department hosted "Earth Observation Sciences Day," in which student researchers presented their work to an audience of their peers.
The event was organized by Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, UofA professor and principal investigator for the GeoChronos project, for which Cybera is a project partner. The event featured a keynote presentation by Marc Lee Imhoff of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland.
Imhoff's presentation drew on some fascinating and illustrative satellite imagery of the earth's climate and ecosystems to explain that the placement, structure and style of development that urban places undergo directly impacts the biological resources (food and fiber production), hydrology, and the Thermal environment of those places. His diverse array of data and imagery demonstrated the importance of access to this type of data for urban planning an other applications, as well as the far distance that science and technology has come to support earth observation research. He stressed that land use and urban development is a resource management issue.
Researchers in this field now have the tools to look at our planet as a whole system, and use the resources of earth observation to guide how urbanization affect global change.