Environmental Visualization Stream

Environmental Visualization with Drones and geospatial remote sensing refers to a sophisticated array of techniques that allows researchers to collect and analyze detailed data for mapping across huge spans of the Earth. This particular research stream depends on techniques that allow researchers to “see” below the Earth’s surface. To understand these challenges and, thus, how best to address those in an ever-changing world, this research stream uses state-of-the-art techniques in both field and lab work. The research carried out by first-year students in the Environmental Visualization research stream at Binghamton University include projects ranging from archeology to seismology to petroleum geology.

Environmental Visualization with Drones is cross-disciplinary in nature

Environmental Visualization

Geophysics
Geotechnical Engineering
Environmental Conservation & Sustainability
Archaeology
Anthropology
Public Health

Environmental Visualization with Drones research intersects the traditional disciplines of Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Geography. The research questions our FRI students investigate, in particular, are to better understand subsurface features of Earth and thus, contribute to addressing today’s environmental problems.  

Environmental Visualization Research Educator

Image: Dr. Tim de Smet at a field site
Dr. Tim de Smet at a field site
Dr. Timothy S. de Smet is a remote sensing expert with over a decade of experience. He is the Research Educator for the Environmental Visualization stream and director of the Geophysics & Remote Sensing Laboratory. He is an archaeological geophysicist and received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2016. Using non-invasive remote sensing techniques and geoarchaeology, he studies human behavior, social organization and cultural change through time. His research focuses on the stewardship of the archaeological record using remote sensing techniques to non-destructively document and preserve sites. His recent research on environmental hazard and sustainability has focused on detection and mapping of unexploded ordnance and landmines with UAV-based remote sensing. His research can be seen here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Timothy_Smet