We've been working all week to get the NSF-REU program off the ground. Students arrived in Long Beach on the 17th and over this past week we have been introducing them to research, geospatial analysis, image analysis, object based classification, structure from motion, XRF, multispectral analysis and so on. Its been quite a week of lecture and exercises. Below is one of the images we are working with to attempt to extract the patterns of prehistoric agricultural practices -- visible faintly as geometric patterns in the crops on this southern chunk of Kauai.
The students come from a wide range of locations and have a diverse background. We have asked them to write a daily blog of their activities so you can follow along by going to: http://www.csulb.edu/geography/nsf-reu/ The blogs are linked on the left hand side of the page. These should be come even more entertaining this week as we depart for Kauai early tomorrow morning and begin field work!