New Publications

Jun 13, 2022

Study: People Are Most Physically Active When Their Environments are Both Highly Walkable and Very Green

New research used wearable sensors and satellite data to identify how a person’s environment affects their level of daily exercise.

Jun 8, 2022

Forecasting the Arrival of an Insect Pest

Invasive agricultural pests are a big problem, and the first step to preventing or minimizing their damage is determining whether an area is environmentally suitable for invasion. Predicting *when* a pest is likely to arrive, though, is just as important as anticipating *where*...

Jun 8, 2022

Invasive Insect that Kills Grapes Could Reach California Wine Region by 2027

A study led by the Center for Geospatial Analytics predicts the spotted lanternfly has a low probability of first reaching the grape-producing counties of California by 2027, and a high probability by 2033.

Jun 8, 2022

Pest or Pathogen Spread (PoPS) Model 2.0.0 Released

Developers at the Center for Geospatial Analytics have released the newest official version of the Center’s signature open source system for forecasting the spread of insect pests and disease and for testing control strategies: PoPS 2.0

Mar 3, 2022

During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream

Research led by Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student Katie McQuillan finds increased water use by upstream mountain forests could leave less water for other forests, cities and wildlife during drought.

Feb 22, 2022

Study: U.S. Flood Damage Risk Is Underestimated

A research team led by Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student Elyssa Collins used artificial intelligence to predict where flood damage is likely to happen in the conterminous United States, suggesting that recent flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not capture the full extent of flood risk.

Nov 5, 2021

Keeping Track of Rare Mountaintop Plants with Drones

Researchers from the Center for Geospatial Analytics have devised a method to more safely and efficiently monitor endangered high-elevation plants, by predicting their likely locations and then flying drones in high-probability areas to collect imagery.

Jan 25, 2021

Ecologist: People Should Prepare for Landscapes to Change

In a new book, Faculty Fellow Rob Scheller describes how land managers and communities should expect landscape change and plan for it.

Nov 11, 2020

Noise and Light Pollution Impact Songbird Reproduction

A new study co-authored by Faculty Fellow Jelena Vukomanovic used national Nestwatch data for 142 species to reveal the impacts of noise and light pollution on nesting birds.

Sep 28, 2020

Study Finds Spreading Ghost Forests on NC Coast May Contribute to Climate Change

A newly published study led by Research Associate Lindsey Smart reveals implications of the interplay between sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, ghost forests, and new tree plantings for the coastal carbon budget.