I’m Edward Saenz PhD student part of a large team of students that work with Crystal Schaaf in the School for the Environment department out of the University of Massachusetts Boston that use remote sensing to answer ecological questions. The group, SPECTRALMASS (Structure and productivity of the Environment with Coastal and Terrestrial Reflectance and Albedo from LiDAR and Multi-Angle Satellite Systems) focuses on the development and evaluation of remote sensing tools to translate satellite sensor data from MODIS , VIIRS, and Landsat satellites. I specifically work in coastal mangroves and tropical forests using spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to aid in characterizing vegetation structure. This research aims to provide new and improved methodology for estimating aboveground biomass and tree structure in tropical environments through the fusion of data collected from the multiple sensors.
Here is the link for our lab: http://www.umb.edu/spectralmass/lidar