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Snowpack can be difficult to measure in the rugged, varied terrain of northern Arizona’s forests, and warming winters only complicate the picture. But a careful look into the past, layered with scrutiny of the present, reveals some welcome findings.
After analyzing thousands of images from satellites and airplane-flown sensors, Teki Sankey, Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist, concluded that forest thinning increases snow accumulations on the ground and allows snow to linger during the spring melt. The combined effects… Read more
For Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist Teki Sankey, conducting research has usually meant interpreting coarse pixels from satellite images to draw conclusions about the vegetation covering landscapes worldwide.
Now, by flying a custom-engineered octocopter packing two powerful sensors, Sankey will reap exquisite detail from forests, sand dunes and other natural features in Arizona.
The unmanned aerial vehicle to be flown by Sankey and her graduate students will gather data.