School of Earth, Society, and Environment
The Earth is a complex system in which the solid planet, the oceans, the atmosphere, and life (both human and non-human) interact in countless ways. In order to respond to the environmental challenges of our time, it is necessary to understand these interactions and interdependencies that transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) brings the resources of the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, and Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study the Earth System.
Intact soil core experiments reveal that temperature and depth influence microbial community function and impact the fate of nitrogenous fertilizer amendments (2015-07-21)The application of nitrogenous fertilizer to agricultural soil has potentially large impacts on environmental quality, including large scale emission of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide and runoff of nitrates. Through ...
Multibeam echosounding as a tool for mapping geologic features, bathymetry and modern vents, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (2015-07-23)Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is a unique area for study due to the broad range of geologic and geomorphic agents that have sculpted this terrain over time. This research employed a multibeam echosounder (MBES) in Lewis ...
(2015-07-20)The projected increase in global air traffic raises concerns about the potential impact aviation emissions have on climate and air quality. Previous studies have shown that aircraft cruise emissions (emitted between 9-11 ...
A contextual classification approach for forest land cover mapping using high spatial resolution multispectral satellite imagery – a case study in Lake Tahoe, California (2015-07-20)Maps of classified surface features are a key output from remote sensing. Conventional methods of pixel-based classification label each pixel independently by considering only a pixel’s spectral properties. While these ...
The potential implications of bioenergy crop production for water and energy balance and carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the United States (2015-07-16)In this dissertation, I systematically investigate the impacts of large-scale growth of bioenergy crops on water and energy balance and coupled carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the US. To achieve this objective, I apply ...