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LiDAR Remote Sensing: Focusing on the Z Coordinate from Ground, Airborne, and Satellite Platforms

February 17, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Sorin Popescu
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University

Associate Professor


Lasers have been one of the greatest scientific developments of the twentieth century. After more than five decades of laser achievements, lasers are still a symbol of high technology and they push the remote sensing field to new “heights.” Laser ranging systems are commonly referred to as LiDAR systems (Light Detection And Ranging). LiDAR remote sensing extends the two­‐dimensional optical sensing of the Earth by providing direct information on the three­‐dimensional structure of targets. This seminar will review LiDAR remote sensing from all three plaftorms – ground, air, and space, and will focus on applications for assessing vegetation biophysical parameters and three­‐dimensional structure. The presentaton will also include a real­‐time data collection with a scanning LiDAR sensor designed for UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) applications.


Dr. Sorin Popescu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) at TAMU. His area of research and teaching is in remote sensing of the environment, with a specialty in laser or LiDAR remote sensing of vegeta1on structure, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), sensors and algorithmic methodologies to derive vegeta1on biophysical parameters, including biomass, carbon, three-­‐dimensional structure, and forest fuels and fire risk. Since he started at TAMU in 2003, Dr. Popescu has received research funding from NASA, NSF, USDA Forest Service and other federal and state agencies. He currently serves as Principal Inves1gator on a Na1onal Aeronau1cs and Space Administra1on (NASA) Science Defini1on Team for a future satellite mission, the Ice, Cloud, and land Eleva1on Satellite-­‐2 (ICESat 2), with launch date in 2017. Dr. Popescu teaches a senior-­‐level undergraduate course in remote sensing of the environment and two graduate courses, remote sensing of environment and advanced remote sensing. Throughout his tenure at TAMU, he has chaired to comple1on a total of 12 graduate students, including four doctoral students. He currently advises 3 doctoral students and one MS student.


February 17, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Rudder Tower, Room 301