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Hans Andersen

Hans Andersen

Research Forester/VMaRS Team Leader
161 E 1st Ave. Door #8
United States

Phone: 206-221-9034
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Current Research

My research consists of developing new techniques for using remote sensing and other geospatial technologies within large-scale, multiobjective resource inventory systems. The scale of the Alaskan landscape, and the remoteness and lack of access to most of the forest and related ecosystems, requires development and application of inventory and monitoring techniques that largely depend on remotely acquired information, which must be integrated with field-based information in innovative and complex statistical sampling designs. I investigate how emerging geospatial/remote sensing technologies and analytical techniques can best be applied to assess the extent, condition, use, and trends associated with Alaska's ecosystems and natural resources.

Why This Research is Important

This research is important because adequate technology has not been developed or applied to effectively, and comprehensively, inventory and monitor the forested ecosystems of Alaska. Therefore, critical baseline information on the extent, condition, trends, and uses of all Alaskan forests is not available to meet the needs for management and protection of these areas.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Quantitative Resource Management (Forest Biometrics) 2003
  • International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Professional Master Forest Survey 1998
  • University of Washington, M.S. Forest Resources 1997
  • Williams College, B.A. History 1994

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Research Highlights


Drones and 3D Imagery Support Interior Alaska Forest Inventory

Researchers have found ways to use three-dimensional imagery obtained via drones to supplement traditional field data collected by technicians o ...


Efficient, Cost-Effective Field Sampling Protocol to Pair with Remote Sensing Data for Carbon Monitoring

State-of-the-art, lidar-based remote sensing technologies are high-precision tools that are being used to support cost-effective carbon monitori ...


Mapping "Shrubification" in Alaska with High-Resolution Remote Sensing

Climate change has caused “shrubification,” or increased shrub cover and size, across arctic and boreal ecosystems. Shrubification can have ...


Last updated on : 09/24/2021