Lastest Research

Rick Lawrence Professor

Scott Powell - Assistant Professor

        Jennifer D. Watts - Assistant Scientist and LRES Research Assistant and Woods Holes Research Center

Current Center-Originated Collaborative Research

Role of North American forest disturbance and regrowth in the North American Carbon
Program: Integrated analyses of Landsat and U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis

Data – Phase 2.
Funding: $2,210,975 from NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program
Investigators: Sam Goward, Warren Cohen, Jeff Masek, Gretchen Moisen, Scott Powell, Robert
Kennedy, Sean Healey, and Chenquan Huang

Hyperspectral Sensor for large-area monitoring of carbon dioxide reservoirs and pipelines.
 $274,740 from the Department of Energy
Investigators: Kevin Repasky, Rick LawrenceScott Powell, Tracy Dougher, and Gabriel Bellante

Developing methods for monitoring change in conifer cover across biophysical gradients in
national parks.

Funding: $99,000 from the National Park Service
Investigators: Andy Hansen and Scott Powell

AgCam Science Applications Team – Development of site specific farming and ranching products based on red and near infrared satellite imagery.
Funding:  $500,000 from NASA
Investigators:  Rick LawrenceRick EngelBret Olson, and Lisa Rew

Whitebark Pine Dynamics
 – Investigation of decadal changes in whitebark pine distribution in the northern Rockies using satellite-based imagery.
Funding:  $100,000 from NASA through the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium; initial funding from USGS and NPS
Investigators:  Rick Lawrence, Jeffrey Jewett

Saltcedar Mapping – Mapping distribution of saltcedar in the Bighorn Basin using satellite-based imagery.
Funding:  $100,000 from NASA through the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium
Investigators:  Rick Lawrence, Christine Sommers-Austin

Implementing an Invasive Plant Inventory and Monitoring Protocol for Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Funding:  $136,000 from Bureau of Reclamation
Investigators:  Diana Cooksey, Monica Pokorny, Shana Wood, and Rob Lloyd

Collaborative research

Collaborative research projects are defined as projects initiated by non-SSC personnel on which are key being conducted with Center personnel.

Change detection of Yellowstone radiative thermal flux using remote sensing imagery
Funding:  $120,000 from NPS
Investigators:  Stephan CusterRick Lawrence, Shannon Savage 

Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership – Phase II
Funding:  $179,923 from DOE for remote sensing portion
Investigators:  Susan CapalboDavid BrownRick LawrencePerry Miller, Jennifer Watts

Upper Gallatin Watershed Nutrient Assessment: Phase II
Funding:  $48,000 from Montana DEQ
Investigators:  Brian McGlynnRick Lawrence, Natalie Campos