Michael Lau

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It is well-known that forests play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and the health of ecosystems across the Earth. This important ecological resource is under threat from both anthropogenic and biogenic pressures, ranging from insect infestations to commercial logging. Detecting, quantifying and reporting the magnitude of forest degradation are(More)
Observational assessment of wrist posture using photographic methods is theoretically affected by camera view angle. A study was conducted to investigate whether wrist flexion/extension and radial/ulnar deviation postures were estimated differently by raters depending on the viewing angle and compared to predictions using a quantitative 2D model of(More)
—Forests are an important natural resource that play a major role in sustaining a number of vital geochemical and bioclimatic processes. Since damage to forests due to natural and anthropogenic factors can have long-lasting impacts on the ecosystem of the planet, monitoring and estimating forest cover and its losses at global, regional and local scales is(More)
While nationwide growth in the production of organic agricultural products has seen rapid expansion, the number of certified organic operations in Texas has remained relatively stagnant. Evidence shows a shift in consumer's demands toward organic products, yet Texas producers have been comparatively slow to respond to this shift. A survey was distributed to(More)
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—Forests are an important natural resource that support economic activity and play a significant role in regulating the climate and the carbon cycle, yet forest ecosystems are increasingly threatened by fires caused by a range of natural and anthropogenic factors. Mapping these fires, which can range in size from less than an acre to hundreds of thousands(More)
—Forests are an important natural resource that support economic activity and play a significant role in regulating the climate and the carbon cycle, yet forest ecosystems are increasingly threatened by fires caused by a range of natural and anthropogenic factors. Mapping these fires, which can range in size from less than an acre to hundreds of thousands(More)