Dr. Carl J. Legleiter, leader of the Fluvial Remote Sensing research group, has accepted a position with the USGS' National Research Program, starting in January 2016. He will join the Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Laboratory in Golden, CO, and continue to conduct research on remote sensing of rivers. Although the decision to leave the Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming was difficult, the opportunity to devote more time and energy to research and to begin translating some of the techniques we have developed into practical application proved to be too good to pass up. Legleiter remains committed to his current, outstanding group of graduate students and will retain adjunct faculty status so that he can help them complete their degrees. For the time being, however, we will not be able to accept any new graduate students for 2016. Overall, this move to the USGS should open exciting new possibilities to further advance Fluvial Remote Sensing.
On September 25, Fluvial Remote Sensing lab member Toby Stegman successfully defended his Master's thesis: "Stream Restoration Monitoring Utilizing Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry, Teton Creek, Idaho." Toby's work describes innovative SFM techniques for mapping bed topography and sediment grain size and presents an example of how these tools can be applied for river restoration project monitoring. With the defense behind him, Toby will now be working on completing the thesis and preparing a manuscript to be submitted to River Research and Applications. Congratulations, Toby, on a job well done!
The Fluvial Remote Sensing research team conducted another field campaign in September, this time closer to our home in Laramie. Data collection on several of the alpine lakes in the nearby Snowy Range involved measurements of depth, water surface elevation, spectral reflectance, bottom composition, and water column optical properties. These data will be used in combination with a beautiful WorldView-2 satellite image acquired on September 10 to characterize changes in water storage since the previous image was obtained on August 7. New lab members Elizabeth Dilbone and Ben Kraushaar, along with seasoned veterans Ryan Richardson and Toby Stegman, contributed to the field effort. Data analysis is now underway, so stay tuned for results from this study.
Christy Leonard defended her thesis, completed a few revisions, and submitted the final document in early September. Shortly thereafter, she submitted a manuscript describing her research on the effects of levees on the Snake River to Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The next day, she set out for California, where she will resume her position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Her new projects focus on paleoflood analysis and will allow her to apply the skills she gained as a member of our Fluvial Remote Sensing research group. Good luck going forward, Christy!
The team at Fluvial Remote Sensing has two new members that have joined our lab. Ben Kraushaar from Durango, Colorado and Elizabeth Dilbone from Depauw University were welcomed to Laramie with the annual induction climb up Medicine Bow Peak. We are excited to have these two talented young scientists joining our ranks and look forward to many more adventures academic and beyond.
Our manuscript "Evaluating the capabilities of the CASI hyperspectral imaging system and Aquarius bathymetric LiDAR for measuring channel morphology in two distinct river environments" has now officially appeared online in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The accepted manuscript is available here, or on the journal web site.