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Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence

The Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and provides quality education for future scientists, educators, and decision-makers. The GSCE is a research and educational collaboration that combines the unique strengths of South Dakota State University and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) center. Our mission is to address fundamental questions about the functioning of the biosphere and its implications for the environment and human welfare in a rapidly-changing world. Our approach focuses on the development and application of geospatial technologies, including remote sensing, modeling, and geographic information systems. Through research, education, and communication, we seek to enhance basic understanding of critical earth system processes, develop practical tools for monitoring and predicting change, and facilitate sustainable management of ecosystems, societies, and the biosphere.

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New satellite data to improve burning emissions model

Professor Xiaoyang Zhang will improve the accuracy of the global biomass burning emissions model through a new three-year, $310,000 grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.