Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative

NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Science Team Meeting

UMUC Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland - College Park, April 11 - April 13, 2006

LCLUC Science Team Meeting brought together principal investigators and co-investigators of the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC) and NASA project managers, who are supporting their research. Strategy of future development of LCLUC studies as well as progress reports of currently funded projects have been discussed at the Meeting. Being multidimentional and multi-disciplinary Program, LCLUC provides an umbrella for more than 20 NEESPI projects, which constitute a major portion of the NASA-sponsored NEESPI research. A complete set of presentations and list of the the Meeting participants are available at the LCLUC Program site ( Below, we attached to the Meeting Agenda presentations and posters only of the NEESPI scientists and NASA Program managers.

Meeting Agenda

• Day 1 Tuesday, April 11th, 9.00 – 5.30 (all presentations are 20 minutes)

Gutman (NASA HQ) Welcome and Program Update
Justice (UMd) Strategic Issues for the LCLUC Community

10.00 – 10.40 Science Presentations - Carbon Emphasis
Skole (MSU) What are the Global Rates and Extent of Tropical Deforestation, Forest Regeneration, Selective Logging, and Fragmentation?  
DeFries (UMd)/Collatz (NASA GSFC) Reducing Uncertainties of Carbon Emissions from Land Use-Related Fires with MODIS Data: From Local to Global Scale  
Curran (Yale)/Trigg (UMd) Effects of Logging, Plantation Conversion, Biomass Burning and Regrowth on Carbon Dynamics in Bornean Peat and Dipterocarp Forests: Implications for Global Carbon Cycle  
Laporte (WHRC) Forest Biomass and Land-Use Change in Central Africa: Reducing Regional Carbon Cycle Uncertainty  

11.40 – 12.20 Programmatic Presentations
Irons (NASA GSFC) Landsat Instrument Status and LDCM
Covington (NASA GSFC) The Mid Decadal Land Survey

1.30 – 2.30 Invited Poster Session

2.30 – 3.30 Programmatic Presentations
Sheffner (NASA HQ) NASA Carbon Applications Program
Townshend (UMd) International Observations GOFC/GOLD and IGOL
Masek (NASA GSFC) Land Cover Measurement Team Whitepaper

3.30 – 5.30 Breakout Groups: LCLUC Community Input
1. NASA Land Cover ESDR/Measurement Requirements
2. Mid-Decadal Data Set Product Requirements

Day 2 Wednesday, April 12th, 9.00 - 5.10

9.00 – 9.20 Programmatic Presentation
Wickland (NASA HQ) LCLUC and the NACP (view 1 ) (view 2)

9.20 – 10.40 Science Presentations – NA Carbon Emphasis
Tucker (NASA GSFC) Identifying and Understanding Carbon Cycle Implications of North American Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances: 1982-2005
Saatchi (NASA JPL) Forest Woody Biomass Carbon Estimates of North America from Synergistic Analysis of MODIS, MISR, and JERS Data in Support of the North American Carbon Program
Goward (UMd) North American Forest Disturbance and Regrowth since 1972: Empirical Assessment with Field Measurements and Satellite Remotely Sensing Observations
Simard (NASA JPL) Mapping Mean Tree Height, Biomass and Productivity in the Everglades National Park

11.00 – 12.30 Breakout Groups Report Back and Discussion
1. NASA Land Cover ESDR/Measurements
2. Mid Decadal Data Set Product Requirements

1.00 – 2.00 SAXTA Demo: A High Resolution Data Dissemination System

1.30 – 2.30 Invited Poster Session

2.30 – 2.50 Programmatic Presentation
Groisman (NOAA) LCLUC/Carbon and NEESPI Status Report (view)

2.50 – 5.10 Science Presentations – NEESPI Carbon Emphasis
Krankina (OSU) Northern Eurasia Landcover Dynamics Analysis (NELDA: Monitoring and validating the distribution and change in land cover across Northern Eurasia (view)
Lettenmaier (UW) Diagnosis and Prognosis of Changes in Lake and Wetland Extent on the Regional Carbon Balance of Northern Eurasia (view)
Conard (USFS) Wildfire Impacts on Carbon Stocks and Exchanges in Forests of Central Siberia: Quantifying Effects of Fire Intensity, Fire Severity, and Burning Conditions (view)
Xiao, X. (UNH) Quantifying CO2 Fluxes from Boreal Forests in Northern Eurasia: An Integrated Analysis of Flux Tower Data, Remote Sensing Data and Biogeochemical Modeling (view)
Qi (MSU) CARBON, Land Use and Land Cover Dynamics of China in Support of GOFC/GOLD and NEESPI Sciences (view)
Sun (UMd)/Masek (NASA GSFC) Comparative Studies on Carbon Dynamics in Disturbed Forest Ecosystems: Eastern Russia and Northeastern China (view)

Day 3 Thursday, April 13th, 9.00 – 12.00

9.00 – 9.40 Programmatic Presentations
Coronado (NASA GSFC) NASA DB Developments
Ojima (CSU) The Land Project (IGBP/IHDP) (view)

9.40 -10.40 Science Presentations – NEESPI Carbon Emphasis
Tubiello (Columbia U.) Carbon, Climate and Managed Land in Ukraine: Integrating Data and Models of Land Use for NEESPI(view)
Ojima (CSU) Northern Eurasian C-Land Use Climate Interaction in the Semi-Arid Regions (NASA) (view)
Woodcock (CRSA) Quantifying the Effects of Land Use Change on Carbon Budgets in the Black Sea Region (view)

11.00 – 12.30 Future Directions and Community Feedback
Gutman (NASA HQ) (view)
Justice (UMd) (view)


12.30 Adjourn


Chopping (Montclair State University) Quantifying Changes in Carbon Pools with Shrub Invasion of Desert Grasslands Using Multi-Angle Data from EOS Terra and Aqua
Csiszar (UMd) Fires in Eurasia and South America (view)
Goward (UMd) North American Forest Disturbance and Regrowth since 1972: Empirical Assessment with Field Measurements and Satellite Remotely Sensing Observations, NACP
Gubbels (SSAI) SAXTA: A High Resolution Data Dissemination System
Masek (NASA GSFC) LEDAPS: A High Resolution Data Processing System
Masuoka (NASA GSFC) MODIS Collection 5 Processing
Morisette (NASA GSFC) CEOS Land Product Validation Subgroup
Lefebvre (WHRC) LBA Amazon Scenarios:  Modeling Interactions Among Land Use, Fire and Climate
Lutz/Shuman (UVA) Modeling the Carbon Dynamics of the Eurasian Boreal Forest (view)
Ranson (NASA GSFC) Boreal Zone Forest Type and Structure from EOS Data Sets
Smith (Batelle PNW Lab) NACP, Projections of Land-Use Change and the Carbon-Cycle: Atmospheric Consequences
Walker (MSU) Forecasting land-climate interactions in the Amazon Basin: A methodology and application
Walsh (UNC) LBA - Modeling the Scale Dependent Drivers of LCLU Dynamics in Northeastern Ecuador:  Simulating Patterns of Landscape Change and Assessing their Cause and Consequence through Multi-Level Models and Cellular Automata
Wolfe (NASA GSFC) Improvements in MODIS Land and Atmosphere data access for North American Carbon Project Scientists

Posters by New Investigators
Brown de Colstoun (NASA GSFC)/Storey (USGS) Methods for Cloud-and gap-filling Landsat Data Using Regression Trees
Cochrane (SDSU) The Synergism of Fire, Forest Fragmentation and Selective Logging in the Brazilian Amazon
French (Altarum Institute) Assessment of Biomass Consumption Variability in Forest Fires Using Satellite Remote Sensing
Messina (MSU) Simulating the Effects of "Plan Colombia" on Land Use and Land Cover in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Complex Systems Approach

Posters by NASA Graduate Fellows
Liu, D. (UC Berkeley) Spatio-temporal Mapping and Modeling of Forest Disease Spread Using Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Imagery
Loboda (UMd) Impact of Climate and Land Use Change on Wildland Fire Frequency and the Amur Tiger(view)
McCarty (UMd) Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Crop Residue Burning in the Contiguous United States
Mena (UNC) Land Use Land Cover Trajectories in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon: Drivers, Feedbacks, Uncertainties, and Spatial Simulations
Morton (UMd)  Savannization of a Tropical Forest Frontier: Carbon Consequences of Climate and Anthropogenic Fire from a Height-Structured Ecosystem Model
Schroeder (UMd) Towards and Integrated System of Systems for Vegetation Fire Monitoring
Shrestha (UGA) Smallholder’s Land Use Strategies and Land Cover Change in the Nepal Himalaya: Integrating Household and Community Date with Remote Sensing Applications
Xiao, J. (UNC) Carbon Sink Due to Woody Encroachment in Non-Forest Areas in the Western U.S. and Impacts of Fire and Climate