The first G-20 GEOGLAM Early Warning Crop Monitor (EWCM) bulletin was released on Friday, highlighting the severe drought conditions in southern Africa. The EWCM brings together the international, regional and national organizations monitoring crop conditions within countries at risk of food insecurity. The initiative is coordinated by Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef and the focus is on developing timely consensus assessments of crop conditions, recognizing that reaching a consensus will help to strengthen confidence in decision making.
Drs. Krishna Vadrevu and Chris Justice organized a regional meeting on Land Use in Yangon, Myanmar (January 12-18, 2016) with support from the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START), the international Global Observation for Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) Program. 150 participants from 12 different countries attended the meeting including Department members, Matt Hansen, Tatiana Loboda, Chengquan Huang, Evan Ellicott, Demian Rybock and Sumalika Biswas to strengthen their research collaborations within the region.
In Light of Paris COP21 Conference This Week, 'Carbon All Around Us' Video Receives in Excess of 150,000 Views
The UN Climate Change Conference, COP21 (Conference of Parties-21), will take place over the next two weeks in Paris, France, despite the recent attacks. As a prelude, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center released a Youtube video on November 19th entitled, "Carbon All Around Us." In the video, Dr.
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and the Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG) join the University of Maryland (UMD) community in honoring the life of Brian Ross Melchior, who passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015, after a yearlong battle with gastric cancer. Brian received both his B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy (2002) and his M.A. in Geography (2004) from UMD College Park. His Masters research, which was advised by Dr. Scott Goetz, focused on using land use and land cover metrics to predict stream and watershed health.
PhD candidate, Pui-Yu Ling, along with Drs. Giovanni Baiocchi and Chengquan Huang, developed a model framework that combines remote sensing data on forest disturbance, and forest inventory data on timber production, to produce improved estimates of carbon stored in forests and to broaden the reach of carbon accounting to include carbon stored in timber products.
On October 5, 2015, Dr. Joseph Sexton - along with co-authors Praveen Noojipady, Xiao-Peng Song, Min Feng, Dan-Xia Song, Do-Hyung Kim, Anupam Anand, Chengquan Huang, Saurabh Channan, Stuart Pimm and John Townshend - was published in the journal Nature. The paper, entitled, "Conservation policy and the measurement of forests," compared eight global, satellite-based maps to determine the planet's total forest area, and the information gaps this team uncovered were surprising!
For more information, read the UMD College of Behavioral & Social Sciences article, or the NASA press release.
GEOG Lecturer Ronald Luna Initiates Academic Sports Achievement Program for Elementary Students in PG County
Over the summer, Dr. Ronald Luna and colleague Eugene Pascoe, a founder of the Silver Springs-based non-profit, Soccer and Friends, started a UMD-based venture called the Academic Sports Achievement Program (ASAP). ASAP's missions is to inspire, support and provide minority students with the skill-set neccessary to one day graduate from University.
Despite the increasingly fervent debate regarding the trade relationship between China and the United States and its implications for the global political environment, it is evident that manufacturing goods in China and shipping them to developed countries has real-world consequences, particularly for the environment.
On July 22, 2015 the World Climate Research Program’s Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) formally endorsed the new Land-Use Model Intercomparison Project (LUMIP). The objective of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project is to better understand past, present and future climate changes arising from either natural, unforced variability or in response to changes in radiative forcing in a multi-model context. Virtually the entire international climate modeling community has participated in this project since its inception in 1995.