Professor (Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara, 2003), Director of Graduate Studies and Director of URSA Lab  -- hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, wildfire and fire danger modeling

Phil Dennison

Contact

  • Office: Bldg 73 Room 215
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  • phone: 801-585-1805

Research Interests:

  • remote sensing of vegetation
  • imaging spectroscopy and hyperspectral remote sensing
  • wildfire and fire modeling
  • vegetation and the carbon cycle
  • natural hazards

 

Lab Web Page:

For more details on projects, please see the URSA Lab web page.

 

Interests/Description:

My research uses remote sensing and geospatial analysis to examine the connections between vegetation and the physical environment. I have a particular interest in wildfire, a disturbance that has major impacts on Western U.S. ecosystems and on the carbon cycle. My students and I use remote sensing to map vegetation species and measure vegetation characteristics related to fire danger, drought, insect damage, seasonal cycles, and invasive species. We seek to understand how climate variables impact fire danger and fire occurrence. We have several ongoing projects that use multispectral or hyperspectral data to quantify land cover/land use change. We are also using multiple types of remotely sensed data, including lidar, to model firefighter safety zones and determine fire evacuation triggers.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 2003
  • M.A., Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 1999
  • B.S., Geography, Penn State University, 1997

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 1100 - Exploring the World Through Google Earth
  • GEOG 3110 - The Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG 5110/6110 - Environmental Analysis Through Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 5120/6120 - Environmental Optics
  • GEOG 6445 - Remote Sensing of Vegetation
  • GEOG 6961 - Seminar in Geographic Thought and Inquiry

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