Dr. Susan L. Ustin

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Dr. Susan L. Ustin has been a Professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California Davis for 26 years and is Director of the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS). She received a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California Davis (1983) and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology from the California State University Hayward (1974, 1978). She has more than 30 year experience with NASA’s earth remote sensing programs and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2010 for her scientific contributions.  She is the Director of the UCD Center of Excellence for UAS Safety, a core member of the ASSURE program.  She was a pioneer in the development of imaging spectrometery, working with the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Airborne Imaging Spectrometery (AIS) program since 1983 and is an expert on ecological applications of this data. She has published more than 200 scientific papers related to agricultural and ecological remote sensing and has worked with most of the U.S. airborne and spaceborne systems. She currently serves on the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space - Panel on Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Natural Resource Management. Read More..



The Use of Imaging Spectroscopy for Disaster Management


In recent years, new advances in imaging sensor technology makes it possible to develop small instruments that measure the reflected solar spectrum and the thermal infrared spectrum at high spectral and spatial resolutions.  These instruments have potential for small satellites, airborne sensors and for small Unpiloted Airborne Systems (UAS).  The range of potential platforms for these technologies and the types of information that can be obtained make them ideal for disaster management.