Project FA15a: Exploring derecho damage patterns in satellite imagery

Project FA15a: Exploring derecho damage patterns in satellite imagery

Researcher: Adrienne Tucker

Semester for work to be done: Fall 2015

Position type: literature review, GIS

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Application URL:

Position description

This research will investigate the impact of derechos, extreme straight-line wind storms, on regional landscapes. Directed literature review will give the student a thorough understanding of derechos. Additional literature review on damage patterns and assessments of severe weather impacts will be conducted. The research assistant will then acquire satellite imagery for Northern Tier derechos previously identified. Images before and after the events will be imported into a GIS and visually analyzed to identify derecho damage swaths. Spatial patterns and observations will be made and collected in a database. Should student skill and time allow, investigation into changes of NDVI and/or LAI could be investigated, but no knowledge in this area is required.

Desired qualifications

Literature review experience, mid-level to advanced GIS skills.


Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

A complete application must include:

1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

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3. A resume

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