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The Center for Remote Sensing and Earth System Sciences

About ReSESS

Located at the campus of New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. ReSESS is using data from satellites to record changes in ecologies, and environments. With help and support from numerous organizations from across the globe, we aim to make environmental issues a thing of the past.

ReSESS at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) started on December 9, 2011 through an agreement with the CUNY CREST Institute and under the leadership of Dr. Reginald Blake. Today, ReSESS is Co-Directed by Dr. Blake and Dr. Hamidreza Norouzi. The Center plays a critical role not only in helping to replenish this nation’s geoscience workforce, but also in establishing a vibrant, faculty-student centered research culture at City Tech. The center focuses on the formal, integrated, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive implementation of Earth Systems Science and Remote Sensing technologies and applications at City Tech. This single-minded mission helps to foster an institutional research culture change by creating, sustaining, and promoting collaborative research that coalesces around the relatively new and exciting study of the Earth and its environment via satellite and ground-based Remote Sensing. The Center’s mission is anchored in course offerings, research activities, exposure trips, seminars, internships, conferences, and citizen science to engage and to stimulate the curiosity of City Tech’s faculty and students to the varied applications of Remote Sensing to the cryosphere, the biosphere, the lithosphere, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere.With ReSESS’s mission in place, the City Tech will, therefore, soon become a leader in producing the next generation of scientists and engineers with unique expertise in satellite and ground-based remote sensing and their applications to geophysics. The Center’s research activities have produced peer reviewed publications and the garnering of educational and research grants that are being used to pursue and to promote remote sensing studies.

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Urban Heat Island

Urban Heat Islands (UHI) are one of the leading environmental issues in densely populated urban areas. Accurate characterization of the surface energy balance is required to better predict the dynamics of the UHI and its impact on extreme heat events. However, a better complete knowledge of urban surface energy balance is needed to accurately understand climate processes revolving around high-density urban environments. The goal of this study, using satellite data, is to enhance the understanding the urban surface energy budget and observe land surface temperatures. Using a linear regression model, GOES-16 LST data, which has a spatial resolution of 2km and a temporal resolution of 5 minutes, was combined with Landsat 8 LST data, which has a spatial resolution of 30m and a temporal resolution of 16 days to get a high spatio-temporal resolution (30m every 5 minutes) LST product. The downscaled estimates showed a reasonable agreement (-0.09 to 3.30 K) when they were validated against independent Landsat images.

Lake Project


Anthropogenic climate change has made a noticeable impact on our worldwide ecosystem, often leading to cascading effects that impact human lives. Although lakes consist of a small percentage of global water bodies, they nevertheless have significant influence on their surrounding environment, impacting the lives around them. For this research, 519 lakes from all over the world were studied using daily observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the NASA website. The Lake Surface Water Temperature (LSWT) was found to be an indicator of climate change. In the study, LSWT was compared with Land Surface Temperatures and related factors. Results were analyzed using MATLAB . Approximately 54.24% of the lakes studied were shown to be warming, while 40.03% were shown to be cooling; in addition, 68.44% of the lakes were found to be shrinking; while 24.85% were found to be growing. Continued studies of lake surface temperature trends of global lakes are imperative for communities that depend on them for survival, as well as the entirety of Earth.

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Red Hook Farms

Thanks to one of our leaders

Tiaamé, a graduate student

working with ReSESS.

They are paving a new path

for new ReSESS Rock Stars

working on the impact urban farming

has on it's environment

using satellite imagery!

New paper about Spatial Downscaling of GOES-R

We would like to congratulate

ReSESS' Abdou Bah, and Dr. Norouzi,

for their work on the

GOES-R downscaling project.

If you'd like to read their journal

please click on the link below!

AMS conference 2022 a Success!

ReSESS is pleased to announce

that our posters were well recieved!

The presentations about both the Urban Heat

Island effect and the Global

Lakes Surface Temperature were both

well received in the virtual conference


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