Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory

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The Remote Sensing and
Geospatial Analysis Laboratory is
located in Green Hall on the
UMN St. Paul campus. The
Laboratory was created in 1972,
twenty years after remote sensing
research began at the University
of Minnesota.

Today, the RSL is recognized for
research and development in the
fields of forestry and natural
resources. Using remote sensing
and geospatial analysis, current
efforts emphasize quantitative
approaches to resource

The Laboratory is used for
research, education and outreach,
and the facilities feature state-of-
the-art technology.
Remote Sensing Laboratory
Students interested in geospatial analysis
and remote sensing are encouraged to
learn about the Natural Resource
Science and Management graduate

In the Assessment, Monitoring, and
Geospatial Analysis track, graduate
students may specialize in topics such as:
geographic information systems (GIS);
remote sensing; geospatial analysis;
survey design (including forest inventory
and monitoring), measurement,
modeling; and biometrics. Studies
typically focus on landscape, region or
global levels.

To learn more about the program,
please visit:

Graduate assistantships with the
research projects are available. In
addition, incoming students may apply
for Graduate School Fellowships.

For more information, contact:
Marvin Bauer
Professor, Remote Sensing
College of Natural Resources
University of Minnesota
1530 Cleveland Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-624-3703
Fax: 612-625-5212
Graduate Opportunities
Remote Sensing and
Geospatial Analysis
University of Minnesota
College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest Resources
115 Green Hall
1530 Cleveland Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55108
Remote Sensing and GIS Research
making a difference to Minnesota’s
Natural Resources



Current and recent projects on geospatial
analysis of environmental and natural
resources are outlined below.
Regional Earth Science Applications
Land Cover and Land Use Change
Integrating Satellite Remote Sensing
into Forest Inventory & Management
Prototyping a GIS for Wildlife Refuge
Management Planning
The Regional Earth
Science Applications
Center (RESAC) uses
remote sensing,
technologies, and models to help resource
managers in the Upper Midwest with issues
concerning forestry, agriculture, land cover
and land use change, and water resources.

RESAC is helping the user community realize
the economic and environmental benefits of
using satellite imagery to:
 Monitor lake clarity
 Map and analyze urban growth
 Estimate forest characteristics
 Monitor vegetation condition

For more information on this project, see the
website at: or
contact Marvin Bauer,
While land cover
and land use
have been much studied, there remains
considerable uncertainty when quantifying
the extent, causes, and consequences of
past, current, and future land cover and
land use change.

Combining satellite-delivered land use
change estimates with field-based
hydrologic measurement and modeling, this
project aims to assess land use change effects
on water quality and quantity in the
southeastern uplands of North America using:
 High resolution multispectral satellite data
 Multitemporal Landsat data
 Historical aerial photography
 High-resolution digital terrain data

For more information on this project, see the
website at:
index.asp or contact Paul Bolstad,
eForest is a
collaborative effort
and forest resource
managers, integrating satellite technologies
into forest inventory and field methods.

The goal is to integrate satellite remote
sensing into forest inventory and management
at all levels - local, state, federal, corporate,
and private by using:
 IKONOS imagery for mapping forest
 Forestry field techniques that combine
satellite imagery, GPS, GIS, and pen-based
 Using Landsat imagery to determine cover
type, basal area, and volume

For more information on this project, see the
website at: or
contact Marvin Bauer,
TerraSIP was created to
address the need for
timely and accurate data
on land cover and land
use for land managers and the public.

The objective is to develop applications of
satellite imagery and related geospatial
data for Minnesota and other Upper Great
Lakes states by using:
 Open Source MapServer development
 Processing techniques for AVHRR, MODIS,
and Landsat imagery
 Internet delivery of geospatial data
 Geospatial educational outreach for 7-12

For more information on this project, see the
website at: or
University researchers are
working with the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service to build GIS
capability for Comprehensive
Management Planning (CMP) efforts for
wildlife refuges across eight upper Midwest
states. The project is:
 Producing legislative boundaries, WPA’s,
and easement boundaries for refuge
areas in this Midwest region
 Gathering base map and refuge-specific

For more information on the this project, see
the website at: or
contact Tom Burk,