Purdue University

Environmental Sensing

Convener: Jim Garrison

Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics

The collection, processing, and interpretation of observational data are critical for understanding our environment, predicting the future evolution of ecosystems and supporting relevant policy and investment decisions.  Environmental observations can be extracted from a wide variety of different sensors at spatial scales, ranging from individual plants to the global carbon, water and energy cycle.  Integrating data from vastly different sensing modalities and spatial-temporal scales presents significant challenges. Models describing the observed physical processes are essential to interpret observations and support decisions.

The members of this research cluster work with environmental researchers across the Center on conducting research and developing solutions to environmental problems that involve cross-disciplinary expertise in sensing.