Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

Our lab studies the impacts of climate change, land use, and water management on all Earth ecosystems with a particular focus on aquatic systems. In our research, we strive to combine innovative ideas with remote sensing principles and an overall understanding of ecosystem function.

We use a combination of satellite and airborne imagery, field observations, computer models, and laboratory experiments. Study sites range from arctic to tidal wetlands and coral reefs. Our research spans the biological, physical, and meteorological aspects of these systems.

Our lab is lead by Dr. Erin Hestir, a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program Cluster Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analytics in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences here at NC State University.