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This project focuses on developing remote sensing tools and validation methods for hazard mitigation and resource protection in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Panama and soon Costa Rica.

We are working towards two important goals:

(1) to develop a formal linkage among geoscience agencies in the four countries, focusing on the collaborative development of remote sensing tools for hazard mitigation and water resource development, and

(2) to build a new educational system of applied research and engineering, using two existing educational programs at Michigan Tech: a new Peace Corps/Masterís International program in Natural Hazards which features a 2-year field assignment, and an undergraduate Enterprise program, which gives teams of civil, environmental, and geological engineering students the opportunity to work on real-world problems over multiple years in a business-like setting.

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Michigan Technological University

Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building

1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI  44931-1295  

phone: 906.487.2531  fax: 906.487.3371



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(L-R) Remote Sensing workshop in Ecuador; Measuring water chemistry in Nicaragua; Monitoring fumaroles in El Salvador.

Remote Sensing for Hazard Mitigation and Resource

Protection in Pacific Latin America

NSF PIRE 0530109

Rudiger Escobar-Wolf presents research to Guatemalan Vice President Dr. Rafael Espada ...more

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Bowman and Brill teach children and their parents about the various tools used in hazard monitoring. (Photo: A.Morales) ...more