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NMSU seminar focuses on satellite remote sensing July 21

LAS CRUCES - A technique for refining data collected through remote sensing and the latest on a new Earth-observing satellite will be discussed during a remote sensing seminar set for July 21 at New Mexico State University.

e seminar, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Wooten Hall conference room, includes two lectures involving remote sensing - the process of obtaining information about the Earth's surface, usually from orbiting satellites.

Nurit Agam, a post doctoral fellow in the hydrology and remote sensing laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md., will speak on "A Technique for Sharpening Land Surface Temperature Imagery (TsHARP)."

The sharpening technique was studied using Landsat imagery obtained during 2002 and 2004 soil moisture experiments conducted over the Walnut Creek watershed in the upper Midwest corn and soybean production region of Iowa and the Walnut Gulch watershed in southeastern Arizona. Future testing will be conducted in desert areas, such as New Mexico.

Arnon Karnieli, who directs the remote sensing laboratory at the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boker Campus, Israel, will discuss "Ven?s: A Joint Israeli-French Earth Observation Scientific Mission with High Spatial and Temporal Resolution Capabilities."

"The recent initiative of the Israeli Space Agency and the French Space Agency is aimed at developing, manufacturing and operating a new Earth-observing satellite called 'Vegetation and Environment monitoring New Micro-Satellite (Ven?s)," said an abstract of the lecture. The satellite is to be launched in early 2009, and its scientific mission should last at least two years. The mission is intended to provide data for studies of land surface functioning under the influences of environmental factors and human activities. The Jornada Experimental Range and the irrigated Mesilla Valley have been proposed as a possible test site for the new satellite.

The seminar is being organized by physicist Thomas Schmugge, who holds the Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources at NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

For more information about the seminar, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Leeann DeMouche in advance at (505) 646-3973 or e-mail ldemouch@nmsu.edu.

Darrell J. Pehr
July 17, 2006