- Brent Holben returned from a trip to Namibia to check on and maintain sun photometers installed for the AERONET project. The project and trip are highlighted in a NASA Earth Expeditions article titled "Into Africa Seeking the Desert Sun".
- The EcoSAR website was launched! It contains detailed instrument specs, related publications, data downloads, and information on past and upcoming flight campaigns.
- Lab member Brent Holben has been selected as a 2016 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his research accomplishments and leadership of the AERONET program. Congratulations to Brent and the other 2016 AGU Fellows.
- 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.
- 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.
- On Thursday, March 3, GSFC Earth Sciences celebrated the career of Jim Collatz, who retired from NASA at the end of February. Here University of Maryland Geographical Sciences Chair Christopher Justice (right) shares reminiscences of past collaborations. Jim came to GSFC in 1993, and has provided key expertise in ecosystem modeling and the global carbon cycle, as well as mentoring numerous students and postdocs. Many congratulations to Jim, who will remain at GSFC as an Emeritus Scientist
- The AfriSAR campaign to map forest structure in Gabon is underway! PI Lola Fatoyinbo (618) is leading a team from NASA GSFC and JPL to acquire radar and lidar data from dense, tropical forests. The field campaign will provide validation data for both the ESA Biomass and NASA GEDI missions. The picture below shows several members of the team in front of the NASA B200 prior to the first science flight on February 20.
- Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Front Office visit on 1/27/2016, and especially those who gave speed talks. The feedback from Piers and the other attendees was very positive. They appreciated the enormous range of activities going on in 618, and how all the speakers tied their work back to center and NASA goals. Well done everyone!
- We’d like to invite you to give a science highlight presentation during our meeting with 610 Management on January 27. These are basically “speed” talks - no more than 3-4 slides & ~5 minutes per topic. We would suggest that slide one focus on defining the question and the general context (ie., why is this topic important to science? to GSFC?); slide 2 show a specific result or two; and slide 3 discuss future plans & direction. But if you think some other approach makes sense, then go for it. Please let me know if you are willing/able to speak. Current speakers include:
- Morton - Tropical forest structure & function
- Collatz - Global modeling of C fluxes (SIF result?)
- Fatoyinbo - GEDI Science & AfriSAR
- McCorkel – GLAMR
- Giles - Aeronet Science
- Bounoua - Land surface modeling (urban impacts)