A new paper has just been accepted for publication in the highly regarded journal Water Resources Research. This article, titled "Calibrating remotely sensed river bathymetry in the absence of field measurements: Flow Resistance Equation-Based Imaging of River Depths (FREEBIRD)," describes innovative techniques for obtaining image-derived depth estimates even when field data are not available for calibration, which is often the case in practice. The article was favorably reviewed by the editor, associate editor, and anonymous referees and could become a significant contribution to fluvial remote sensing. The final accepted manuscript will be posted on this site as soon as we receive the official version from the AGU, so stay tuned. Code for implementing the FREEBIRD algorithms is already available on the Tools page.
Ben Kraushaar of Durango, CO, will be joining our research group as a new Master's student in the fall of 2015. Ben earned an undergraduate degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College and brings a wealth of field experience. He worked closely with current team member Ryan Richardson on Wyoming's Granite Creek and has also studied the Heart Mountain detachment near Cody. Mr. Kraushaar will be a key player in our new project focused on alpine lakes in the Snowy Range. Welcome, Ben!
Master's student Christy Leonard has earned a travel grant from the University of Wyoming's Office of Academic Affairs to support her participation in the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, coming up in Chicago in April. At the conference, she will present results from her research on channel change along the Snake River. Congratulations, Christy!
PhD student Brandon Overstreet is branching out into a new type of Fluvial Remote Sensing by joining the AirSWOT validation team. This radar instrument is an airborne precursor to NASA's planned SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite, described here. AirSWOT is being deployed along the Sacramento River in California and the Willamette River in Oregon to evaluate the system's potential to map water surface elevations and to test various algorithms for inferring river discharge. Brandon will be leading the field effort to collect ground-based validation data on the Willamette. This project represents a collaboration between our research group and colleagues Mike Durand from Ohio State University, Mark Fonstad from the University of Oregon, Larry Smith from UCLA, and the broader SWOT community. We have obtained a sub-award from Ohio State to support Brandon's participation in this project.