Space Studies Thesis Defense: Hartzell
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
April 14, 2008
Space Studies Thesis Defense
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â€œMonitoring Threats to the Tanjung Putting National Park With Synthetic Aperture Radar'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Dave Hartzell, Space Studies Master's student, will defend his thesis on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. in Ryan Hall, Room 207. Hartzell's presentation, entitled, â€œMonitoring Threats to the Tanjung Puting National Park With Synthetic Aperture Radar' is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
In this study, the performance of various synthetic aperture microwave imaging radar (SAR) sensors are evaluated to understand which modes and methods are best suited to monitoring oil-palm, deforestation, urban and mining threats to the Tanjung Puting National Park, a protected area in Borneo, Indonesia. Unlike passive visible and infrared sensors, which rely on the Sun's illumination, SAR provides its own source of illumination, which can penetrate cloud cover and
acquire imagery day or night, but has seen little use monitoring land-cover changes in the park area. Illegal deforestation and the spread of oil-palm plantations currently pose a high risk to the park, which is home to an orangutan (pongo pygmaeus and pongo abelii) population, a species endangered by human activities. The results of the study will be presented, including data visualization techniques and classification techniques.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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