Doctoral Students Using Advanced Technology to Study Forests

Tyson Swetnam and Christopher “Kit” O’Connor, both doctoral degree candidates in the UA’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, earned a UA President’s Award for their investigation of two area mountain ranges using LiDAR data.
Tyson Swetnam and Christopher “Kit” O’Connor, both doctoral degree candidates in the UA’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, earned a UA President’s Award for their investigation of two area mountain ranges using LiDAR data.

Tyson Swetnam is using advanced technology to conduct an investigation that draws on 400 gigabytes of information gathered from an 80,000-acre stretch of the Santa Catalina Mountains to better understand the historical cycles of the range. Swetnam is among a number of researchers at the University of Arizona who the Coronado National Forest has enlisted to investigate mountain ranges in southern Arizona using Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, data. 

Date released: 
Jun 1 2010
Contact: 
Donald Falk