George Hurtt to lead Science Team, and High-Resolution Carbon Monitoring and Modeling project, for next phase of NASA Carbon Monitoring System
George Hurtt was selected as Science Team Leader for the next phase of the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). As Science Team Leader, he will be responsible for providing scientific leadership and direction, as well as inputs regarding CMS activities to NASA. He will also be responsible for organizing Science Team meetings, reports, and related activities in coordination with the NASA Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office. His selection provides continuity in the position, as he has served in the capacity of Science Team Leader since the position was created in 2012.
In addition, the University of Maryland research team of George Hurtt, Ralph Dubayah and Chengquan Huang has been awarded a $1.424 million grant under NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) program entitled “High-Resolution Carbon Monitoring and Modeling: Continuing Prototype Development and Deployment”. Collaborators on the project include Jarlath O’Neil Dunne from the University of Vermont, Richard Birdsey and Kristopher Johnson from the U.S. Forest Service, Andrew Finley from Michigan State University, Phil DeCola from Sigma Space, and Molly Brown and Vanessa Escobar from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
The overall goal of this project is the continuing development of a framework for estimating high-resolution carbon stocks and dynamics and future carbon sequestration potential using remote sensing and ecosystem modeling linked with existing field observation systems such as the USFS Forest Inventory. In particular, it seeks to demonstrate an approach that provides the basis for the rapid expansion from Maryland to nearby states (DE, PA), and which additionally enables the monitoring of annualized changes in stocks through time at fine spatial resolution. The work has followed a logical expansion of effort, from proof-of concept starting with just two counties in a Phase 1 pilot study, to an entire state (24 counties) in Phase 2. This research has emphatically demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale mapping using airborne lidar. The new project will build on these efforts to encompass another qualitative increase in spatial extent, new MRV-relevant product prototyping, and a vision for future operational deployment of MRV systems that are responsive to local, national and international interests in management and policy.
The link to the Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center (JGCCC) website is: http://jgccc.umd.edu
The link to the NASA-CMS website is: http://carbon.nasa.gov/