As a member of the geography team, this summer ill be working on a remote sensing project to detect best management practices. This involves analyzing and interpreting satellite imagery to see if these practices contribute less to the phosphorus pollution than others. The first part of this project will consist of analyzing farmer surveys to see if these practices are spatially clustered. We will then do a unsupervised classification to see where else they are taking place. The second part involves learning about incentive programs that offer farmers payments in exchange for converting farmland to natural vegetation. We will then compare images of before and after these programs were implemented to see how much farmland has been converted.
I'm looking forward to learning more about how different farming practices contribute to pollution and also more about the models that estimate phosphorus load. I'm also looking forward to working with other to students to see how/if we can incorporate GIS into their projects.