Satellite high-tech snapshots help Wyoming students discern problems on family lands

Wyoming students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are using satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to gauge and improve lands owned by their families.

Photographs are from years of satellite collection and offered free by the USGS, said Ramesh Sivanpillai, course instructor, and senior research scientist in the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.

“Landsat is the longest civil satellite data collection we have,” said Sivanpillai. “The USGS opening the archive has created opportunities for instructors like us to integrate students.”

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