This post is long overdue (sorry, it's been a long field season), but in case you haven't heard the news, Ryan Richardson successfully defended his Master's thesis back in July, completed a few minor revisions before the August deadline, and now has a richly deserved Master's degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming. A belated congratulations to Ryan - well done!
Along with colleagues from the USGS Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Laboratory, FRS team leader Carl Legleiter, traveled north to Alaska for a new project focused on remote sensing of river discharge. In this field-based preliminary study, we collected not only the usual field spectra but also thermal videography that we are now using to estimate water-surface velocities using a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) approach. Initial results are encouraging, for the optical as well as the thermal, data and we hope to return for airborne data collection in Spring 2017.