Seth Peterson



Seth Peterson has always enjoyed photography, so when he took the undergraduate remote sensing series at UCSB, he found his calling: the study of the earth using satellite imagery. Petersen got his Masters at SDSU studying post-fire chaparral regrowth using Landsat Data. He came back to UCSB for his Ph.D., studying various factors affecting fire risk in California chaparral, using AVIRIS, Landsat, and MODIS data. With the skills acquired during his Ph.D. research, he is branching out and studying different ecosystems with different types of remotely sensed data. He has been working with the Climate Hazards Center since 2015, first helping to develop a product that provides global maximum temperatures at 8 km resolution, and now, he is developing code in Google Earth Engine to better study agricultural productivity at the field scale in the Horn of Africa.  Seth also runs the campus gardens and supplies yogurt to some of the CHC team.