US: University of Wyoming student Emily Richardson is using remote sensing to better understand how environmental factors, such as precipitation and elevation, affect plant growth. She's spent the past semester working under her academic adviser Ramesh Sivanpillai, a remote sensing scientist at the University of Wyoming, as part of the WyomingView internship program.
Richardson said she used satellites to track seasons of aspen growth in the mountains and observed their phenology — the study of recurring phenomena — and decline. She tracked the timing of systems from satellite images to compare the amount of growth between wet, dry and normal seasons. Richardson also included varying elevations, the highest at about 8,530 feet.