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Hang out with us in our Backyard at ASPRS!

January 30, 2018

Malvern Panalytical is in our own spatially located Denver, Colorado ASD backyard this year at the annual ASPRS (The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) conference

ASPRS, the imaging & geospatial information society, teams with ILMF (International LiDAR Mapping Forum) this year to create for a combined geospatial event you do not want to miss! Network with geospatial peers and colleagues, build your technical expertise via conference workshops, see technology solutions for mapping on display in the exhibitor hall!   

From February 5-7, find us at Booth #710, displaying and demonstrating the following instruments:

See what these field portable, ruggedized near-infrared (NIR) spectroradiometers and spectrometers can do to best assist your remote sensing efforts and measurements with increased precision and accuracy.

Don't fly under the LiDAR on this one... put us on your map and stop by!


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Ground Truthing and Calibration of UASs

August 30, 2017


Ground truthing and calibration of imagery obtained using unmanned aerial systems (UASs - also known as UAVs or drones)

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) is growing rapidly in the field of remote sensing as a new and versatile tool for data acquisition in areas such as agricultural resource monitoring, soil characterization, and environmental monitoring. Specific examples where sensors mounted on UASs have provided useful results include water stress detection in agricultural crops, plant biomass and nitrogen content in crops and grasses, yield forecasting for crops like wheat and rice, rangeland management, leaf area index, NDVI and vineyard management.

UASs fill the gap between satellite imagery and ground-based spectroradiometers. One of the main benefits is that their low operating height enables the generation of very high spatial resolution imagery data for small areas, with some systems reaching resolutions of 1 cm per pixel. UASs also can have a shorter revisit period than satellite platforms and offer high temporal resolution and increased maneuverability to allow access to previously inaccessible areas or hazardous environments. Another benefit of UASs is the low operational costs compared with other methods. 

Join us for our next free webinar - Analyzing and Groundtruthing Soil Characteristics

August 23, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched each of our previous webinars, visit our webinar recordings page to see what you missed. Some of our past topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This September, our webinar focuses on the application of soil characteristics. 

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How (and why) water alters the spectral reflectance of soil
  • The importance of the location of water in the soil
  • Nutrient and organic matter analysis of soil
  • UAS sensor calibration using an ASD instrument
  • Groundtruthing a UAS sensor using an ASD instrument

Photos from Exelis' VISualize 2013 - Taking Measurements of Vegetation with a FieldSpec 4 Spectroradiometer

June 12, 2013

ASD's Remote Sensing expert Gary Fager demonstrates taking measurements of vegetation at the Exelis VISualize 2013 event in Washington DC. This hands-on demonstration was part of his presentation, "Ground truthing: Best Practices for Image Validation and Supervised Classification." In the pictures, Gary is using a FieldSpec 4 spectroradiometer and Illuminator reflectance lamp.

ASD’s Gary Fager to Present at Exelis' VISualize 2013 in Washington D.C.

May 22, 2013

Does your organization’s mission involve tracking, predicting, or dealing with the impacts of global or environmental change? You’re invited to attend VISualize 2013, a two-day event (June 11-12) hosted by Exelis Visual Information Solutions (VIS) at the World Wildlife Conference Center in Washington, D.C. At VISualize you will connect and learn from other thought leaders, researchers and scientists pursuing similar goals.

First LDCM Images Released - See How Dr. Alex Goetz Would Ground Truth a 30 Meter Pixel

March 28, 2013

As the days get longer in the northern hemisphere, we know many of you are getting anxious to take out your FieldSpec spectroradiometers to commence your ground truthing research.

Landsat 8 Successfully Launches - Is Your FieldSpec 4 Ready?

February 11, 2013

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series.

Pecora Turns 40, Looks to Future of Remote Sensing Applications; ASD is Exhibiting

November 09, 2011

ASD is excited to be a part of this year’s ASPRS 2011 Pecora 18 Conference and Symposium next week in Herndon, Va. This is the fortieth year of the conference, started by USGS and NASA as a way to exchange ideas and research concerning land remote sensing. The highlight of attending the conference is the ability to visit with remote sensing researchers to share ground truthing and field research and ideas.

An Insightful Visit from the RSL Team from University of Zurich

September 12, 2011

ASD was pleased to host a group of about 20 students visiting from the University of Zurich on August 11th. The group made a stop by our office in Boulder, CO on their way to do some field research in Yellowstone National Park.

Experience ASD’s Rapid and Precise Hyperspectral Instruments at IGARSS 2011

July 22, 2011

Visit the ASD Inc. booth, # 100, at the 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Vancouver, Canada from July 24th – July 29th.

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