- Faculty Research
- Climate Change, UAS and Precision Agriculture
- Deforestation and Biodiversity
- InSAR Monitoring of Geological Hazards
- OneSTL Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
- Social and Ecological Drivers of Pollinator Health
- Strategies for Communicating Systems Models
- Toward a More Sustainable Agricultural System
- Tree Health and Power Grid Damage Forecasting
- Unsustainable Ordinances
- Water Quality Under Climate and Land Use Changes
- Water Resources Management
Climate Change, UAS and Precision Agriculture
Faculty: Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations projects that global demand for agricultural production will increase 50% by 2050 due to population increase. However, drought and an increased concentration of background ozone under a changing climate are expected to adversely affect crop yields. In a changing climate, eXtreme condition farming (X farming) strategies should include early detection and monitoring of crop health at regional and global scales. This will allow farmers with limited water to implement timely measures to preserve yield, and allow scientists to understand large-scale response to abiotic stress and breed stress-tolerant crops.
This work utilizes field based hyperspectral imaging, unmanned aerial systems (UAV/UAS), manned aircraft and satellite remote sensing, building the capacity to gather most-needed data on natural and open agricultural ecosystems at multiple spatial scales (leaf-canopy-airborne-satellite) and greater temporal resolution with low cost, helping researchers, the public and policy makers make better decisions.
This ongoing research has been funded by NSF, NASA and Saint Louis University's Sustainability Research Fund.