Biospheric Sciences - 618
Biospheric Sciences is a part of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Biospheric Sciences studies terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions with the atmosphere using multiscale remote sensing, modeling, and advanced analytical techniques.
Research Highlights: May
Comparison of Forest Canopy Height estimation from Lidar, InSAR and Very High Resolution Stereo Imagery highlights the advantages and alternatives for forest structure and biomass estimation in remote areas
Lola Fatoyinbo1, David Lagomasino1,2, SeungKuk Lee1,2, Emanuelle Feliciano1,3 (Code 618 1: NASA/GSFC, 2:USRA/GESTAR, 3:NPP)
Height distributions for each of the remote sensing models. Close match between VHR, TanDEM-X (TDX), and airborne lidar
Latest News: Dr. Assaf Anyamba (USRA/618) has used MODIS NDVI data to evaluate the increased risk of mosquito-borne illness in the Arabian Peninsula during 2016. Wetter than normal weather has led to increased vegetation, and potentially, more favorable habitat for mosquitos. Full story.
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Weekly Highlights: June 13th
Bounoua. Lachir A, Bounoua L (618), Zhang P (618/UMD) , Thome K (618), Messouli M. Modeling urban growth Impact on surface climate in a semi-arid region using the Simple Biosphere model (SiB2): A Case Study in Marrakech, Morocco. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, in press. The paper reports the use of NASA’s Simple Biosphere model (SiB2) to assess the impact of urbanization on the surface climate in the semi-arid continental city of Marrakech (Morocco). Results indicate that surface temperatures differ between urban and surrounding vegetated lands by as much as 8.3oC, making the city a major heat source.
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Brown Bag Seminars
Brown Bag Seminars are initiated as an informal forum to present your new work or updates to your 618 colleagues.
Seminars are typically held on Thursdays between 12:00 and 1:00 PM.
Next Seminar: Jim Ellenwood, Thursday, June 30th, 2016
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