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Title: Understanding and Protecting Our Home Planet


1
Overview of NASA Ecosystems / Disturbance
Research and Charge to Afternoon Breakouts
Woody Turner, NASA Headquarters CCE Joint
Science Workshop 29 April 2008
2
Programmatic Foci
Terrestrial Ecosystems Disturbance Research -
Remote sensing of the light environment of
terrestrial vegetation and relationships with
physiology (PAR, LUE, leaf chlorophyll, etc.) -
Studies of the effects of insects, pathogens, and
invasive species on ecosystems - Measurement and
analysis of the 3-dimensional structure of
vegetation to characterize habitats for and
establish relationships to biodiversity -
Combining remote sensing, in situ biodiversity
data, and ecological models to characterize the
distribution and abundance of populations,
species, and/or communities - Remote
sensing-based research relating global and
regional patterns of disturbance to
biodiversity - Vegetation and land cover mapping
and change detection identification of
functional types - Forest fires and other
disturbances, natural and anthropogenic in boreal
zone (including tundra), for NEESPI - Impacts of
socio-economic changes on land use and
biodiversity
3
Programmatic Foci
  • Aquatic Ecosystems Disturbance Research
  • - Remote sensing of phytoplankton physiology,
    including fluorescence (Equatorial Pacific, high
    latitude, coastal zone)
  • - Studies of phytoplankton and plant functional
    group distribution, changes and biological
    patchiness (phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish)
  • - Bioinformatic mapping of ocean regions (biome
    definition and shift)
  • - HAB detection, mapping, process studies, and
    modeling (ECOHAB)
  • - Combining remote sensing, in situ biodiversity
    data, and ecological models to characterize the
    distribution and abundance of populations,
    species, and/or communities
  • - Remote sensing-based research relating
    global and regional patterns of disturbance to
    biodiversity

4
Breakout Session III Charge
  • Breakout Session IIIScience, Emerging Issues and
    Future Directions
  • Purpose
  • Discussions should allow workshop participants
    to consider scientific questions and issues that
    will shape future directions for the NASA Carbon
    Cycle and Ecosystems Focus Area. There is an
    emphasis on cross-cutting topics that involve
    more than one of the Focus Areas program
    elements and/or applications areas.
  • All of the session topics are areas for future
    research by NASA and/or the U.S. Climate Change
    Science Program. Many have already been the
    subject of NASA solicitations. Individual topic
    breakouts will identify opportunities and
    priorities for NASA as well as raise issues or
    concerns for the Focus Area to address.

5
Breakout Session III Charge
  • Topic breakouts may start with brief, invited
    presentations on the scientific topic
  • - why it is important,
  • - the role of remote sensing in addressing it,
    and
  • - what has been done and what may be proposed
    in the near future
  • in this regard.
  • Then, the breakouts will open up to allow for
    general discussion in order to raise and address
    questions and issues. One issue that is open for
    discussion is how upcoming NASA missions address
    these topics.
  • Topics
  • High Latitude Ecosystems land and ocean, Arctic
    and Antarctic
  • Landscapes to Coasts to Ocean and Connections
  • Fire Science and Applications (impacts,
    consequences)
  • Carbon-Climate Connections Implications for
    society, including carbon management
  • Ecosystem Consequences of Climate Change
    (ecosystem impacts and feedbacks, effects on
    biodiversity, species invasions, protected areas,
    societal consequences)
  • Changing Land Use, Human-Ecosystem Interactions
    (to include integrating natural and social
    science approaches)
  • Science for Decision Support Supporting
    Scientific Assessments

6
Breakout Session III Charge
  • Note
  • - Co-chairs of each session should identify
    Rapporteur
  • - One co-chair will be responsible for reporting
    out (5 minutes) this afternoon after the Breakout
  • - Full breakout reports are to be posted on the
    breakout session's discussion forum when
    complete

7
Thank You Diane!
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