Environmental Information Management

Satellite-based Wetland Inventory and Monitoring

SWIM is a research group based at Earth Research Institute (ERI), UC Santa Barbara,  led by Laura Hess. Our work focuses on: 

- remote sensing and image processing methods for multi-temporal mapping of wetland extent, vegetation, and inundation, with an emphasis on object-based fusion of SAR and optical data 

- geography, inventory, and monitoring of global wetlands 

- wetland hydrology, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, conservation biology, and sustainable management 

Snow Hydrology Research Group

The Snow Hydrology Research Group is part of the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is also a member of the ESIP Federation (Earth Science Information Partners). The primary research focus of this group is NASA's REASoN (Research, Education and Applications Solutions Network) investigation called "Multi-Resolution Snow Products for the Hydrologic Sciences." The group also works on problems of snow metamorphism, snow-climate interactions, and snowmelt runoff.

Biogeography Lab

Since 1991 the Biogeography Lab has conducted research on the ecology, distribution and conservation of species and ecosystems using field studies, geographic information systems and remote sensing.
Through our research we help planners and resource managers protect, manage and restore productive and diverse ecosystems in California, the U.S. and internationally.

CLIVAC

Welcome to the Climate Variations and Change research group. CLIVAC is headed by professor Leila Carvalho from the Department of Geography at UCSB. Leila got her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Meteorology at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The behavior of our climate is governed by complex processes and interactions within the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, land, biosphere and ice. CLIVAC is dedicated to further understand the Earth's present and future climates on different temporal and spatial scales.

Derek Booth

Derek Booth has been at the Bren School since 2011, having worked in public agencies, academia, and the private sector as a geologist and geomorphologist. His recent projects span the fields of watershed assessment and planning, stormwater management, and stream restoration. Previously, he was a research professor in the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington; he retains an active position as affiliate professor in both departments.

Greg Janée

Mr. Janée focuses on data curation.  Working with the CDL, he develops curation micro-services, including both specifications and software, beginning with the fixity micro-service.  Micro-services are an approach to digital curation based on devolving curation function into a set of independent, but interoperable services that embody curation values and strategies; although the individual services are narrowly scoped, the complex function needed for effective curation emerges from the strategic combination of individual services.

James Frew

James Frew's research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. He is interested in information architectures that improve the discoverability, usability, and reliability of distributed environmental information. Trained as a geographer, he has worked in remote sensing, image processing, software architecture, massive distributed data systems, and digital libraries.

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