Remote Sensing & Geospatial Analysis Laboratory


The Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGAL) is the remote sensing and geospatial research partner of the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) in the College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington (UW) – Seattle, Washington; land of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people. Established in 2003 and originally located at Missouri State University (June 2003 – May 2006), it continues to be directed by¬†Dr. Moskal at the University of Washington since June 2006. RSGAL has two other co-PIs: Dr. Meghan Halabisky and Dr. Susan Prichard the lab also houses students from Dr. V. Kane’s Forest Resilience Lab.

SEFS as viewed by ALS by J. Batchelor, RSGAL PhD Student, March 2019

Our Mission

Provide a diverse and research rich environment plus exceptional resources  to drive the understanding of multiscale dynamics of landscape change through the innovative application of remote sensing & geospatial tools. RSGAL research promotes a transdisciplinary approach for sustainable management solutions to pressing environmental issues.

We strive to understand the fine details of spatiotemporal resolution of muti-aspect ecosystem processes & functions,  through the application of innovative geospatial techniques and datasets.

We use hyperspatial (<100cm) data including drone, aerial satellite imagery & ALS/TLS LiDAR

We use hypertemporal (>100 temporal observations) data including LandSAT, MODIS, AVHRR

We use hyperspectral (>100 spectral observations) such as hymap, casi & hyperion data

We fuse these multiple domains of remote sensing resolution whenever appropriate