Geographers Hubacek and Feng contributed to a new position paper by an international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, which argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models that are used to inform environmental, climate, and economic policies. The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population.
UMD researchers measure global loss of intact forest landscapes COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Researchers from the University of Maryland utilize satellite imagery to demonstrate that forest wildlands—forests least affected by human activity—are steadily shrinking and pinpoint ways to help preserve these landscapes that are critically important to the health of the planet.
In August 2016, Dr.Tatiana Loboda and PhD student Dong Chen in collaboration with Liza Jenkins of the Michigan Technological Research Institute spent sixteen days in the remote wilderness of Alaskan tundra collecting field observations of wildfire impact on this sensitive ecosystem. The researchers navigated over 100 miles of the Noatak River and bushwhacked nearly 35 miles of wilderness to collect their data. This project is funded by NASA as part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign that aims to link field, airborne, and satel
Drs. Loboda, Stewart, and Silva (Geographical Sciences) have been awarded a NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Grant for their project, Understanding the role of land cover / land use nexus in malaria transmission under changing socio-economic climate in Myanmar.
Dr. Kathleen Stewart (center, Geographical Sciences) and Clement Adebamowo (School of Medicine) have been awarded a 2016 UMCP - UM Baltimore Seed Grant for their project, Geospatial Mapping and Access to Cancer Screening Services in Nigeria, a Low and Middle Income Country. This study combines expertise in geographic information science (Stewart) and cancer epidemiology (Adebamowo) to apply geospatial information technologies to determine spatial accessibility and utilization of cervical cancer prevention services for a region in north-central Nigeria.
Dr.Leila De Floriani, a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, was recently elected to the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The IEEE Computer Society is a leading membership organization in computer science and technology which focuses on education and training, professional partnerships, conferences, and publications. De Floriani holds a joint appointment with University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). She begins her term in this important leadership role within the IEEE on January 1, 2017. You can read more about her appointment
Dr. Matthew Hansen and his team have been recently featured in Nature. The article describes his work in mapping and monitoring land cover and land use change, particularly in the mapping forest areas and monitoring deforestation. This includes recent work using high-resolution maps that are released publicly to quickly monitor the impact of global deforestation. The data are made available within days of forest loss and have been used by scientists, activists, and others who have an interest in preventing the destruction of forests.
Dr. Molly Brown has been funded in a National Science Foundation project submitted to the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) proposal opportunity, led by Johns Hopkins University assistant professor Benjamin Zaitchik.