Environmental Monitoring & Remote Sensing


Researchers in ERI have developed and deployed systems to monitor energy resource development and utilization.  Monitoring systems / methods include Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL), hyperspectral, multispectral and infrared imaging, proton transfer mass spectrometry, and eddy covariance. Investigators also use satellite imaging datasets in addition to ground and airborne systems developed at MSU.  



W. Berk Knighton

Walter Knighton

Dr. Knighton has been actively involved in the development and application of chemical ionization mass spectrometry for nearly 20 years. That interest continues today and is primarily focused on using drift tube reaction mass spectrometry for the quantification of trace level volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from a wide variety of natural and anthropogenic sources.
Scott Powell

Scott Powell


Research in our group seeks to integrate geospatial data and tools (remote sensing, GIS, and GPS) to develop monitoring systems that characterize landscape and vegetation patterns to improve understanding of ecosystem processes and drivers. Our research contributes to the development of monitoring systems at a variety of scales (from site to continental) and across a variety of applications across the broad field of environmental science.

Kevin Repasky

Kevin Repasky

My areas of expertise include laser research and development, laser remote sensing, electro-optics, feedback and control, and optical technology development for communications.
Joseph Shaw

Joe Shaw

I design, build, and calibrate optical remote sensing systems and use them to explore the natural Earth environment. From infrared imaging of clouds to laser detection of fish, optical remote sensing helps answer intriguing scientific questions while providing fascinating engineering challenges.
Paul C. Stoy

Paul Stoy

Ph.D. 2006, Duke University; B.A. 2001, University of Wisconsin. Surface-atmosphere exchange of water, energy, and trace gases with an emphasis on plot scale measurements and regional and global scale synthesis. Specific interests including quantifying the impacts of land use change and climate change on the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, and hydrology in temperate, boreal, and arctic ecosystems.