MPSGIS Senior Lecturer, Dr. Jonathan Resop, was recently awarded an Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grant (IDTG) from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI). Dr. Resop used the grant to visit the StREAM Lab at Virginia Tech, run by Dr. Cully Hession, from October 8 to 12, 2018 to learn more about their drone-base lidar system and gain experience using it in the field for data collection. The StREAM Lab's equipment includes a Vapor35 drone and a YellowScan lidar. The drone lidar was used to scan a reach of Stroubles Creek, a small gravel-bed stream downstream from Virginia Tech's main campus, which was the site of a 2010 stream restoration project. The site visit was used to enhance Dr. Resop's courses in the MPSGIS Program (GEOG660: Advanced Remote Sensing using Lidar), as well as further research collaboration between Dr. Resop and Dr. Hession in using drone-based lidar for estimating flow roughness metrics. Initial findings from this research were presented by Dr. Resop at the 8th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH) at the University of Notre Dame, June 4 to 7, 2018.

Dr. Jonathan Resop during site visit to Stroubles Creek