MTRI’s outreach activities are designed to provide educational programs, technical expertise, tools/data and information and make them available to the public and stakeholders to promote awareness and improve environmental management.

Outreach Activities

Publications / Presentations
Portals / Websites (see below)

Web Portals and Websites hosted by MTRI

Cropland Burning in the Russian Federation

Begun in the winter of 2009-2010, this project aims to quantify crop residue burning and related emissions - with a focus on black carbon - in the Russian Federation using satellite data and available agricultural statistics. This project is a collaboration of researchers at MTRI, the University of Maryland, the All-Russian Institute for Agrochemistry (Moscow), and the Dokuchaev Soil Institute (Moscow). Much of this work was funded by the Clean Air Task Force, with support from Bellona Foundation in Russia.

This site hosts governmental documents produced in Russia with English translations and the original Russian version, datasets created during the research, and published manuscripts. Links to related abstracts, posters, and presentations are also provided.

GLOS AOCs Tributary Monitoring

The Great Lakes Observing System https://glos.us/ (GLOS) has undertaken the initial two-year phase of a five-year enhanced tributary monitoring program to support ecosystem restoration and protection efforts in five pilot tributaries:

This Remote Sensing program will provide data to support GLOS studies that address delisting efforts for beneficial use impairments (BUIs) in these areas of concern (AOCs) and facilitate measurement of restoration progress. Our remotely sensed products provide stakeholders with unprecedented access to real-time data to inform stewardship decision and promote sustainable ecosystem restoration and protection efforts. Additionally, we would like to remind you that this website is a work in progress. Weekly updates will be made as satellite imagery is processed.

Characterization of Unpaved Road Conditions through the Use of Remote Sensing

A cooperative aggreement between Michigan Technological University (MTU) and the U.S. Department of Transporation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (USDOT-RITA)

Michigan View

The purpose of MichiganView is to promote the use of remote sensing technology in Michigan by supporting research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. The consortium consists of academic, non-profit, and government organizations that are involved in remote sensing and are interested in the public sharing of educational resources, research activities, and dataset sharing.

Lake Superior Water Monitoring and Information System

Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) and the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) are implementing key observing systems and modeling improvements that focus on critical needs of the Great Lakes region that affect the health, ecological integrity and economic viability of the region. Priority issues are climate change impacts, ecosystem and food web dynamics, protection of public health, and navigation safety and efficiency.

North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)

The NSSI was developed by federal, state and local governments with trust responsibilities for land and ocean management, to facilitate and improve collection and dissemination of ecosystem information pertaining to the Alaskan North Slope region, including coastal and offshore regions. The NSSI facilitates information sharing among agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, international programs and members of the public to increase communication and reduce redundancy among science programs.

Transportation Applications of Restricted Use Technology (TARUT) Study

The MDOT TARUT Study is a 21-month effort to explore how satellite and other remote sensing data can address the needs of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The study, jointly funded by MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will combine data from fine detail, high-resolution remote sensing systems and other assets with advanced geospatial analysis techniques to examine transportation concerns. The data will come from civil agencies, commercial firms, and the Department of Defense (DoD), as appropriate to meet the study's goals and objectives.

Bering Glacier

The purpose of the Bering Glacier Portal is to serve as a consolidated and centralized source of Bering Glacier information for all stakeholders. Additionally, this Portal is designed to facilitate digital collaboration and information sharing. Individuals and agencies have the ability to securely post data and documents related to the Bering Glacier, thereby enhancing communication and improving research and management efforts.

The Great Lakes Environmental & Molecular Sciences (GLEAMS) Center

GLEAMS is a unique partnership between Western Michigan University and MTRI, bringing together deep domain expertise in the fields of molecular genomics, environmental chemistry and geospatial informatics, including human and ecological health risk Decision Support Systems tools (https://maps.mtri.org/website/gleams-template).

Modeling Biomass Consumption Variability in Forest Fires

Under the NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science (NASA-NIP), Dr. French and her assistants have worked towards better quantification of the variability in the amount of biomass consumed during forest fires for the purpose of estimating carbon emissions during biomass burning.

Glacier Ablation Sensor System (GASS)*

The GASS* was designed, fabricated and deployed by MTRI, USGS, and BLM scientists to record, on a hourly basis, data describing the horizontal and vertical (melt) movement of a glacier, as well as meteorological data including temperature, wind speed, humidity, barometric pressure, and upward and downward looking light intensity. The GASS unit employed a rechargeable battery and solar panel to provide at least 4.5 months of power, and a micro-processor to manage the power, data collection and storage. A WAAS enabled GPS recorded position and time for each measurement, and an acoustic sensor was used to measure absolute distance between the GASS unit and glacier to provide the required melt information.

Millers Creek

The web site dedicated to the Millers Creek Watershed. This web site was initiated as part of the Millers Creek Watershed Improvement Plan, funded by Pfizer Global Research and Development, Inc. The Millers Creek (once known as the North Campus Drain) is located on the northeast side of Ann Arbor, Michigan and drains to the Huron River.

*Patent Pending