Mike Rawitch // Ramboll Group

Innovations in Environmental Remote Sensing: Satellites, Drones, and Artificial Intelligence

Large or remote areas of land are often challenging and expensive to monitor for vegetation health or plant communities using traditional ground-based ecological methods. Satellite imagery is becoming a prevalent part of environmental monitoring and characterization. Recent developments in computer vision and artificial intelligence, combined with knowledge in ecological characterization, allow for the analysis of large volumes of rapidly compiled remote sensing data for relevant signals and provide new understanding.

About the Presenter

Mike Rawitch is a geologist and geographer specializing in the implementation of geospatial technologies to optimize environmental problem solving. On Ramboll’s Galago team, his focus is on remotely sensed data analysis, collection, and visualization applied to mine site investigation and remediation. Galago uses aerial imagery and image analysis to understand site conditions, reduce uncertainty, and help efficiently characterize sites for environmental risks.


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