Thursday, August 13, 2015

August 13: The Last Day

Today was our last full day of the internship.  In the morning, all of the interns presented their power points and we all gave each other pointers.  Afterwards, i finished processing an image from 1999 and then doing two subtractions; I also finished my power point.  These past weeks have been very enriching and I have learned a lot.  Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow; wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12

Today we had our last intern meeting, and I worked on editing and finishing up my power point.  We had our last pizza talk; four undergraduates presented the work they have done over the summer.  After lunch, I met with Dr. Vodacek and he said that for clarity and consistency I should use SAVI, which is a simplified version of MSAVI.  While this switch is easy, one of the images (July 1999) did not process correctly, so I emailed Dr. Vodacek and hopefully we can quickly fix it tomorrow.  I finished everything else that I could without the image and submitted my power point to Mr. Pow for the dry run through tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11

Today I spent the entire day working on the power point.  After I finished, I met with Dr. Vodacek to show him and to get his take on it.  He gave me a few suggestions on changes I should make, so I made some and will finish up the presentation tomorrow!

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10: The FINAL week

It's crazy that today is the last Monday of the internship!  I spent today subtracting MSAVI images in band math; the images appear white, showing that the vegetation in earlier years was not as strong as the vegetation that grew in more recent years.  After doing these subtractions, I spent the remaining bulk of the day making progress on my power point for the final presentation this Friday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 5: Final presentation and Mars

Today I worked on using the MSAVI images and applying them in order to show a change over time.  I showed this by subtracting two SAVI images through Band Math.  I also need to normalize this newly subtracted image, so I will do that in band math.  Dr. Vodacek also gave me a lot of direction on how to create my presentation; he said my presentation should be like a story of what has happened in the park.  These pointers were extremely helpful and I feel much more confident in what I am doing and where I am going.  In addition, I worked on my final presentation power point and submitted my final abstract.  Finally, I attended the weekly Remote Sensing meeting and I sat in on a talk about life on Mars.  I will be gone the rest of the week, so there will be no updates until Monday!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4

Today was a pretty slow day as I have finished computing MSAVI and Dr. Vodacek was not in.  So, I reviewed the MSAVI which I computed and I made sure the dNBR for all the images with SAVI showed a presence of fire.  Two of them did, and two of the images I originally did MSAVI for were for the month after the fire instead of the month before, so I had to redo MSAVI with an earlier month from those two months.  For these months I also fixed the NBRs and dNBRs.  I spent the rest of the day by starting the power point for the final presentation.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3: How is it already week five?!

I cannot believe that this week is the second to last week of the internship; time has flown!  Today, I finished finding MSAVI for the 2000s and 2010s image.  I also cropped the images because I want the MSAVI to just report data from savanna vegetation; part of the park is very dense vegetation and lakes, and I do not want these values to influence the data.  I do not know where to go from here, and Dr. Vodacek was not in today.  So, I spent the rest of the day doing dNBRs and NDVIs because I know these will provide additional information and probably be useful later on.