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MaRS: Mapping & Remote Sensing


What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Join this team to learn how to apply remote sensing toward social-ecological resilience in response to disturbances such as wildfire, invasive species, and drought.

Experience Gained

  • Understand how disturbances – including wildfire, invasive species, and drought – affect social-ecological resilience.
  • Become familiar with commonly-used datasets that represent disturbance, ecological states, and social-economic variables.
  • Gain exposure to Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS), or drone, workflows.
  • Increase proficiency in GIS for processing and analyzing spatial data.
  • Improve skills in interdisciplinary, team-based research.
  • For the 400 level VIP, students are recommended to have taken Introductory GIS courses (or have equivalent proficiency).
  • Methodologies used in this project: coding and coding software, case studies, fieldwork, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods.

Majors or Interests Needed

  • All majors welcome
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Gaming and Interactive Mobile Media (GIMM)
  • Geosciences
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Megan Cattau is Core Faculty and an Assistant Professor in the Human-Environment Systems Program.
Contact Dr. Cattau at

Course Information

VIPĀ  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Fall 2022 meetings: TBD

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Cattau at OR complete this interest form and we will follow up with you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register, search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500.

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