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Building and Enhancing a Competitive and Sustainable Remote Sensing Infrastructure for Critical Zone Studies and Cutting Edge Research

Physical, chemical, and biological processes transform bedrock and sediments into soil at the Earth’s surface. All terrestrial life on Earth is supported in the aptly named “critical zone”, where air, water, rock materials, and biota interact. The critical zone is bounded at the top by the vegetative canopy and at the bottom by the lower limits of groundwater, including the coastal ocean and wetlands. Processes within this zone regulate the transformation of minerals, solubilize nutrients for biota, buffer toxins, create water pathways, and ultimately sculpt the landscape and the coastline. Remote sensing is one of the most powerful and optimal tools for critical zone and earth surface layer research. Building and supporting this research will help address many of the Delaware’s environmental issues thereby bringing social, educational and economic benefits to both Delaware and the Nation.

Specific Objectives of Proposed Research: Our specific objectives are: (1) develop real-time remote sensing capability for Delaware’s coastal and critical zone environment, (2) carry out cutting edge research in three areas: (2a) remote sensing of hydrological and coastal resources, (2b) remote sensing of wetlands, and (2c) remote sensing of land resources, and (3) further develop and enhance a decision support system through Earth science remote sensing research results.

Center for Remote Sensing

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