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: April
Joel McCorkel1, Brendan McAndrew2, Kurt Thome1, Jim Butler1 (NASA/GSFC. 1: Code 618, 2: Code 551)
Graphic b: GLAMR consists of several laser systems to achieve spectral tunability over the full solar reflective spectrum. This photo shows a portable optical table that hosts two LBO-based optical parametric oscillators that provide most of this spectrum.
Latest News: Doug Morton (Code 618) recently published a News and Views article in Nature Climate Change. Entitled “Forest Carbon Fluxes: A Satellite Perspective”, the article highlights the importance of satellite observations from Landsat, ICESat-2, GEDI, and other missions for quantifying carbon emissions from tropical forests.
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Weekly Highlights: May 23rd
Noteworthy Talks & Presentations:
Morton. Doug Morton (618) and Veronika Leitold (618/USRA) participated in the Paisagens Sustentaveis (Sustainable Landscapes) Lidar Workshop in Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brasil. The workshop highlighted research results from the USAID-funded lidar data collection, organized by Michael Keller and Maiza dos Santos at Embrapa Informatica (data available here).
Morton gave two presentations, “Changing canopy illumination from tree and branch falls in Amazon forests” and “Climate controls & carbon consequences of understory fires in Amazonia.” Leitold gave a presentation entitled “Beyond Carbon: Forest composition in burned and logged forests” based on species information in the 400+ inventory plots installed to support lidar-based estimates of forest carbon stocks in intact and degraded forests.
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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: Samuel Goward and Darrel Williams, Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Please check the calendar for a list of past and upcoming seminars.
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Contact information for scientists can be found in the personnel list.