Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Wenge Ni-Meister

Second Advisor

Dr. Carsten Kessler

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Hongmian Gong


NASA Goddard’s LiDAR, Hyperspectral, and Thermal imager provides co-registered remote sensing data on experimental forests. Data mining methods were used to achieve a final tree species classification accuracy of 68% using a combined LiDAR and hyperspectral dataset, and show promise for addressing deforestation and carbon sequestration on a species-specific level.


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