The YCEO supports a diverse group of research projects in the earth sciences. Many of the graduates of Observing the Earth from Space continue to use the YCEO for their Senior Projects, Master's theses, or Ph.D. dissertations. In addition, several faculty projects are underway in the fields of Anthropology, Climatology, Ecology, Forestry, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Meteorology and Public Health. One valuable service that the YCEO provides is to bring together faculty interested in remote sensing with students trained in the technology. Students and Faculty should see our consultant page for more information on this program.
We study the impact of changing earth surface properties on the climate system. For this research we will evaluate three specific aspects of surface properties including:
This interdisciplinary proposal seeks to integrate climatological, remote sensing, geomorphological and archaeological research into a cohesive study of long-term climate change over the past 5000 years at the border between the Sahara and the Sahel at Timbuktu, which is part of the Middle Niger hydraulic system. Understanding how humans have responded to Late Holocene climates in this region, to their long-term trends and abrupt excursions, will provide insight into the types of social institutions employed by the local populations that sought effectively to deal with the unpredictability of their physical world.
Please visit the research section of the YCEI web site for more detailed information on this and other projects.