Dr. L. Monika Moskal


Dr. Moskal is an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), within the College of the Environment. She serves as the Associate Director of SEFS, Director of the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC), and Director of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGAL). She is affiliated with the UW BioEnergy IGERT, the UW Interdisciplinary PhD Program and the UW Department of Geography.  She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University, Global Environmental System Leader Program, Graduate School of Science and Technology and Graduate School of Media and Governance, Japan. Dr. Moskal earned her PhD in Remote Sensing and GIS from the University of Kansas, her Masters in Remote Sensing from the University of Calgary and her Bachelors of Environmental Sciences from the University of Waterloo.

Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGAL)
The lab’s research goal is to understand multiscale and multidimensional dynamics of landscape change through the application of hyper-resolution remote sensing. RSGAL develops methods necessary to analyze hyper-resolution remotely sensed data by exploiting spatial, temporal and spectral capabilities of the data. RSGAL work focuses on the application of hyperspatial resolution remote sensing (LiDAR, imagery) to investigate vegetation structure, specifically the utilization of leaf area index in heterogeneous canopies. Other RSGAL research themes involve multi resolution and multi sensor data fusion, spatiotemporal object-based image analysis (OBIA) and geovisualization techniques to communicate research results. RSGAL research has been applied to: ecosystem services and function, bioenergy/biomass, forest health and inventories, spatiotemporal assessments and habitat mapping.

Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC)
Dr. Moskal has been the Director of the PFC since 2012, since that time the PFC has quadrupled it’s external research funding to almost $10 million/biennium. The PFC was founded in 1999, as part of the Washington State Advanced Technology Initiative (ATI), funded by the legislature. The mission of PFC is to develop advanced technologies to improve the quality and reliability of information needed for planning, implementation, and monitoring for natural resource management, to ensure sustainable forest management, and to help the forest sector to innovate and  increase its competitiveness.

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