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SPARKS: Remote Sensing and Ground Truthing

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Date: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: A004 Blount Hall (BLNT)

Join us for a SPARKS (Seeking Partnerships for Research and Knowledge) event exploring and networking with colleagues interested in remote sensing and ground truthing. We welcome researchers who use or want to use remote sensing techniques using satellite- or aircraft-based sensor technologies, contribute to ground truthing assessments, create and manage algorithms and computational resources necessary to enable remote sensing, or develop equipment used for remote sensing.

What is Remote Sensing?  Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object and thus in contrast to onsite observation. Remote sensing is used in numerous fields including geography, land surveying, and most Earth Science disciplines; it also has military, intelligence, commercial, economic, planning, and humanitarian applications. In current usage, the term generally refers to the use of satellite- or aircraft-based sensor technologies to detect and classify objects on Earth, including on the surface and in the atmosphere and oceans, based on propagated signals.

What is Ground Truthing? In remote sensing, “ground truth” refers to information collected on location. For example, ground truth allows image data to be related to real features and materials on the ground. The collection of ground-truth data enables calibration of remote-sensing data and aids in the interpretation and analysis of what is being sensed.

(Environmental sampling and sensors used for direct measurement are not intended to be a focus on this event.)

Lunch will be provided. Please register below

Who: Researchers from UT, UTIA, and ORNL


When: April 25, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: A004 Blount Hall

Why: This will be an opportunity for you to contribute to the vision and find potential collaborators. During the event, you will be asked to introduce yourself and your research interests (2-3 minutes).

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