Welcome to the Kellylab page!

Our motto is "mapping for a changing California", and we use a range of mapping techniques - remote sensing, object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, lidar analysis, participatory mapping, web visualization, and field-based monitoring - to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that means for the people who live on, derive sustenance from, and manage them. Here you will find information on people in our lab, our projects, and some connections to other groups and sites of interest. For more on geospatial technology on campus and around the state, check out the geospatial innovation facility (GIF), and the ANR Statewide Program on Informatics and GIS (IGIS). Enjoy, connect on twitter @nmaggikelly, check out the blog, and stay in touch.

Welcome Back to 2017, it's gonna be a weird one

2016 was a full one. Political changes are reshaping our world, and 2017 is going to be very different for those of us working in the environment, but really for everyone. From @NaomiOreskes: get solar, get organized, get busy.  In lab news, there are some wonderful highlights. Kelly's first lead author paper came out (using VTM data of course!); Jenny is cranking on her dissertation focusing on theoretical and applied aspects of spatial data science; and Christine dominated her DS421 program schedule, and made great progress in her dissertation plans. Marcelo, who was visiting us from the Geography Department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil finished his work using object-based image analysis to compare land use change in Brazilian and Californian landscapes. Stefania continued working on the carbon modeling work with David Ackerly, and Proxima wrapped up some exciting work on our ANR Dark Data project. I finished and published a paper reviewing work using the VTM dataset that I have been working on with several colleagues for several years. Drones are on the menu for 2017, as are carbon modeling, bootcamps in spatial data science and drones, and wrapping up some uncertainty and distribution modeling. 

On the IGIS front, the year was very busy and productive. Shane Feirer and Robert Johnson have been helping people across ANR with GIS and remote sensing software and tools, static cartography, and interactive web maps (including story maps). A highlight is the our first major mobile data collection app, the Wild Pig Damage app available for Android and iOS, which we developed for Specialist Roger Baldwin and Advisor John Harper. We've been launching drones and mapping forests, rangelands and ag fields. Proxima has been perfecting a workflow that applies machine learning algorithms to decades worth of scanned documents from HREC to semi-automate the production of a research and data catalog. Our training program continued the rapid pace started in 2015. In 2016 Sean Hogan led 18 workshops in 11 different locations around the state. Andy Lyons has made some real headway in 2016 reaching out across the Division to spread the word about our services and strengthen our connections with all Strategic Initiatives. 

The images in the gallery above are natural areas taken from Google Earth, and organized by major color: ROYGBIV baby.