Still under development.

LAB @ ASU is being designed. When finisihed will have access to satellite imagery, hyperspectral imagers, uncrewed aerial vehicles, and compute to process and store data.

El Paso

Location and Study Sites

Our group is located in the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at El Paso. The center facilities include eleven buildings with over 65,000 sqft of office, meeting and laboratory space, a 200 seat auditorium, contemporary computer and analytical equipment, and network video facilities. The Center has two locations in El Paso and over 230 acres of farmland. The Center is strategically located in El Paso's city on the southwest corner of Texas and works closely with partners in Mexico and New Mexico. 

Data Collection

The Water System group maintains ET tower and hydrologic cycle monitoring network in El Paso, Texas, measuring CO2, water vapor, or heat fluxes using the eddy covariance technique at two sites (site 2 and site 3), and weather data (precipitation, temperature, wind speed, humidity), soil moisture, groundwater level, water quality and other data at other sites. 

The Water Systems group at the El Paso center also surveys three sites monthly using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) mounted hyperspectral, multispectral, and thermal imagers.


UAV and Imagers
  • Three DJI Matrice 600 pro UAV with eight sets of compatible batteries (total 6×8=48) for hours of continuous measurements.
  • UAV, tripod, and bench mountable hyperspectral imagers Resonon PIKA-L (400-1000nm, hyperspectral), and Resonon PIKA NIR 320 (900-1700nm, hyperspectral).
  • MicaSense Altum UAV mounted imager with R, G, B, NIR, Red-Edge, and thermal bands.
  • ICI 8640P, a 640 x 512 radiometric imager with ±0.1ºC accuracy.
  • Other UAVs one DJI Matrice 100, DJI Mavic Pro, and Autel EVO Pro 2.
 Computer, Software and Other related
  • Every group member has their own workstation/laptop bought in the last three years.
  • Shared workstations and servers for GPU/CPU/Memory intensive tasks:
    • AMD Threadripper 3990x, 64 cores, high memory (265 GB), and NVIDIA A6000 graphic cards 
    • AMD Threadripper 2990wx, 32 cores, high memory (128 GB), and NVIDIA 2080ti graphic card 
    • Intel Xeon 16 cores, high memory (128 GB), and NVIDIA RTX Titan graphics card 
    • Intel i9 10th gen, 10 cores, high memory (128 GB), and NVIDIA 2080ti graphics card
    • Rack-mounted server with dual 16 core Xeon (32 core) with 512GB of RAM
  • Net storage of > 100TB (mirrored off-site, on RAID 10)
  • ArcMap, ArcGIS Desktop, ENVI (with IDL), BayesiaLab, ISEE STELLA, Pix4D, Agisoft Metashape, SAS, and STATA software.
  • An HP 5500 plotter for printing large maps and images for research use and outreach programs to share information with stakeholders.
  • Vibe interactive digital 55" 4K whiteboard with smart software for brainstorming sessions, presentations, and virtual training.
Field Monitoring
  • A fleet of vehicles including 5 Trucks and several other vans and cars. Available to all researchers free of charge. 
  • Eddy covariance towers and weather stations at sites 2 and 3.
  • Groundwater monitoring wells at site 3. 
  • Soil moisture monitoring network at sites 2 and 3.
  • Passive-wick Lysimeter at sites 2 and 3. 
  • Field instruments for soil and water sample collection, water quality detection, flow measurement, permeability tests, water level, and soil moisture monitoring.
  • A water and soil lab that is equipped with an instrument for general chemical analysis of water and soil samples, and particle analysis and permeability test of soil samples.
  • Electro-Magnetic Induction survey instrument (EM 38- Geonics Ltd) for salinity mapping.
  • SPAD 502 Plus meter (Konica Minolta Instruments) to measure chlorophyll content in leaves non-destructively.
  • Portable weather station from Campbell Scientific (ClimaVUE50) with the ability to mount on a tripod at the study site.
  • GPS ground stations and rover. 
  • Tents, camping equipment, and generators for longer campaigns
Research Farms and Others
  • Over 100ac of Cotton Farm.
  • Oven 18 ac of Pecan Farm.
  • Four greenhouses attached to head houses for experiments.
  • Two climate and atmosphere control growth chambers.
  • Felid plots to grow crops in controlled conditions.

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