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The 2006 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium took place in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this years symposium was “Remote Sensing - A Natural Global Partnership.” The focus of the symposium was the widespread distribution and interoperability of remote sensing and environmental data and imformation as many countries begin launching remote sensing satellites. IEEE is poised to contibute to this effort as it is an international society with members from around the world.

During this conference, Elizabeth City State University was represented by Dr. Linda B. Hayden, Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER). Dr. Hayden joined with Dr. Ali Omar of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in presenting "Collaborations Focused on Enhancing Undergraduate Involvement in Remote Sensing Applications to Atmospheric and Earth Science Research" a comprehensive look at the mentoring strategies used with groups of undergraduate physics, mathematics and atmospheric science majors to develop their ability to contribute to remote sensing investigations. The projects discussed were joint efforts of scientist and educators at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton University in Virginia, Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Stennis Space Center, and The Office of Naval Research.

Also attending were Malcolm Mathis II (UAPB) and Brittany Green (SCSU).

Malcolm presented on the topic "Exploring the Migration of the Roanoke Colonists", research looked at tracking the "lost colony" on Roanoke Island using data from satellite based Optical and ISAR instruments and aerial LIDAR which were compared to observe and quantify the terrain and environment of the historical locales. Ground Penetrating Radar, and geologic core samples at the sites were also used during this research.

Brittany's research presentation was titled "Spatial-Explicit Growth Rate Model of Young Striped Bass in Albemarle Sound: Implications on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Using GIS." This research examined the growth rate potential of juvenile striped bass Morone saxatilis in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, to identify essential fish habitat (EFH) for striped bass during the summer and early-fall months. Growth rate potential integrates a physiological-based model (bioenergetics) of fish growth with the physical environment.