Earth Scan Laboratory, Louisiana State University

Data Center Description
The mission of the Louisiana State University Earth Scan Laboratory (ESL) s to
support research, education, and public service/emergency response with near
real time or archival remotely sensed satellite data, its processing, analysis,
interpretation, and dissemination.

From its central location, the ESL can capture satellite data covering the
entire Gulf of Mexico, most of the Western Atlantic, the extreme Eastern
Pacific, and the land mass from the Hudson Bay to the northern most part of
South America. This data is permanently archived creating a growing record of
environmental data for education, research, economic, and forensic
applications. This satellite data is a valuable asset for management decision
making that involves environmental conditions, such as:

-Surveillance of coastal and estuarine waters surface temperatures,
coastal circulation changes, water quality, sediment transport, algal blooms,
and coastal flooding for effective management of coastal resources.

-Detecting and tracking coastal and ocean currents, eddies, and water mass
boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico for oil spill response, oil and gas
operations, coastal and pelagic fisheries, and weather forecasting.

-Tracking and forecasting the movement of severe storms over land and sea

-Providing atmospheric information in areas of frontogenesis and
cyclogenesis over the Gulf of Mexico, needed for severe storm detection and

-Detecting forest and brush fires and their progress in remote regions

-Detecting river flooding in local detail for state disaster-related
decision makers

-Detecting vegetation stress (water or parasitic) of agricultural land and
forests for crop yield forecasting and management

-Monitoring and forecasting of river and coastal fog for offshore
petroleum, fisheries, and other maritime industries


[Summary provided by Louisiana State University.]

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