RSA - Remote Sensing Applications

Our team uses various types of “remote sensing” data for detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of the Earth.  To date, our research focuses on modelling, analysing, and interpreting data in terms of geodynamic processes (e.g. uplift and subsidence of the Yellowstone Caldera) and global warming and its associated effects on the water cycle (including flooding and drought) and changes in ice mass (Greenland).  

We use satellite imagery data but also satellite gravity, GNSS observations, and altimetry for our research.  Our efforts in ground-based GNSS reflectometry have developed rapidly.  In addition to being able to detect changes in soil moisture and sea-level for scientific applications, we’ve developed algorithms that significantly improve the precision of the technique and have begun a project to use satellite reflectometry for the same applications.  We are currently developing a reflectometry technique to measure surface changes in the Greenland ice sheet. 

In addition to the remote sensing activities, our group is also responsible for developing the CubeSat Laboratory and the Concurrent Design Facility.  These labs support research and teaching and learning in the Interdisciplinary Space Master.  Research in this respect entails small satellite mission design and development, CubeSat system engineering, formation flight, and space systems design.