GEOG Professors Loboda and Chini Awarded NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program Grants
Tatiana Loboda is leading a multi-institutional team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the Michigan Technological Research Institute, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to develop a long-term multi-sensor record of fire disturbances in circumpolar High Northern latitudes in support of the planned NASA field campaign. This project will develop fire extent and impact maps over the 1984-2015 time frame from a suite of moderate and coarse resolution active and passive sensors to provide a consistent, detailed, and value-added record of fire disturbance in boreal forests and tundra globally.
Louise Chini is a lead developer of the Land-Use Harmonization (LUH) project that has provided global, gridded land-use data to all climate models for the next IPCC Assessment. She will now lead a University of Maryland-based team to develop an entirely new generation of LUH data that is constrained with maps of global forest extent and change generated with NASA remote sensing data. This will enable climate simulations to be based on, and consistent with, observations of actual forest cover change, and will also provide estimates of uncertainties associated with the LUH datasets.
For additional information, visit the NASA TE website: http://cce.nasa.gov/terrestrial_ecology/index.html