IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
22 – 24 February 2006

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Schlossplatz 1
A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria

For three days (February 22-24, 2006), the 1st NEESPI Science Team Meeting hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria) brought together 106 participants from all areas of the NEESPI domain as well as from the United States, Japan, and the European Union. At the Meeting, principal investigators of currently funded NEESPI projects (~40 of them), their co-investigators from the NEESPI domain, and the Initiative VIP guests (members of the NEESPI Steering and Coordinating Committee and NEESPI Science Advisory Panel) met in a business-friendly and ambient atmosphere of the Laxenburg Castle to jump-start the newly funded NEESPI projects and to foster collaboration within the Team.

The Meeting main objective was to secure a fusion of the NEESPI participants in a Team. Therefore, the major mode of the Meeting was the poster Sessions. The poster area was populated for all three days (with more than 50 posters presented). Short overview lectures and informationals from leading specialists in the fields of land cover - land use change, carbon budget, cryosphere, water and energy budget studies, presentations on major Earth System International Projects and Programs (GWSP, iLEAPS, GLP, CliC, GEWEX, GCP, DIVERSITAS, and WCRP), and Panel Discussions constituted the oral part of the Meeting.

February 22

Arrival and Registration
Kotlyakov 08:50-09:05 Welcome and IIASA Overview Nilsson (view)
    How it all began and where we are now  
  09:05-09:15 NEESPI (RAS vision) Isaev (view)
  09:15-09:25 NEESPI (NASA vision) Gutman (view)
  09:25-09:35 NEESPI Implementation
(currently funded projects)
Groisman (view)
  09:35-09:45 Programmatic Issues and Goals of the Meeting Lawford (view)
International Programs and NEESPI (Panel)
Moderator   Programs
Lawford   FAO/GTOS Di Gregorio
    WCRP Gulev
    GEWEX/GHP Roads (view)
    CliC Khromova (view)
    Questions to Panelists:  
    1. How do you relate your program to NEESPI?  
    2. What is your expectation from NEESPI?  
    Mode of discussion: Interactive  
  10:45-11:00 Break  
Chair Time Topic
Justice 11:00-12:45
Land Cover – Land Use
  11:00-11:30 Land cover classification Di Gregorio (view)
  11:30-11:45 Validation strategies Woodcock (view)
  11:45-12:15 Methods / Problems / Perspectives Schmullius (view)
  12:15-12:45 Linkage to GLP and IHDP Ojima (view)
  12:45-13:45 Lunch – Laxenburgerhof  
Isaev 14:00-15:45
Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems
  14:00-14:30 Carbon Cycle in Boreal Land Areas
Methods of observation and modeling
Shugart (view)
  14:30-14:45 Full Greenhouse Gas Account in the NEESPI Region: An Integrated Approach Nilsson (view)
  14:45-15:10 Field Carbon Flux Studies Heimann (view)
  15:10-15:45 Water- Carbon – Climate Interactions in the NEESPI region Lettenmaier (view)
  15:45-16:00 GEWEX/BALTEX: Possible links to NEESPI Isemer (view)
  16:00-16:15 Break  
  16:15-18:00 Poster Session (See Attachment 1) – Kaisergang  
  18:15 Dinner at the Kaiserbahnhof in Laxenburg  
  ca. 21:30 Buses return to Vienna from Kaiserbahnhof  
February 23 Thursday    
  08:30-09:00 International Programs and NEESPI (Panel)
(2nd Part – same questions and mode)
Moderator   Programs
Shugart   iLEAPS Reissell (view)
    IGBP, GLP, DIVERSITAS Ojima (view)
Chair Time Topic  
Schmullius 09:00-10:30
Carbon Cycle, Ecosystems, and Land Cover
  09:00-09:20 Linkage to GCP and TCO  Valentini (view)
  09:20-09:30 GCP in regional perspectives: China  Liu Jiyuan (view)
Moderators 09:30-10:30 Discussion: Outstanding Problems  
Schmullius, Shugart  

Discussants are identified in Attachment 2

Rapporteurs: Amber Soya, Juliya Kurbatova, and Alexander Olchev

  Soja (view)
  10:30-10:45 Break  
Chair Time Topic
Water and Energy Cycle and Cryosphere
  10:45-11:10 Linkage to GWSP Vörösmarty (view)
  11:10-11:30 Linkage to IGWCO and GEWEX Lawford (view)
  11:30-12:00 NEESPI Aerosol Studies Sokolik (view)
  12:00-12:30 Cryospheric studies in the NEESPI region:
Methods and models
Kotlyakov (view)
  12:30-12:35 New step in the cold region climate system study in Northern Eurasia Ohata (view)
  12:35-13:05 Linkage to CliC / 1PY Romanovsky (view)
  13:05-14:05 Lunch – Laxenburgerhof  
Gulev 14:20-16:20
Integration of NEESPI Studies
  14:20-14:35 Air quality and human health in the NEESPI region Genikhovich (view)
  14:35-15:05 Modeling for the NEESPI region
Kattsov/Groisman (view)
Venevsky (view)
Panel Discussion
Moderator   “How to secure integration of the NEESPI studies”  Vörösmarty (view)
Groisman Panelists: Venevsky, Baltzer, Kuchment, Shugart, Isaev, Sokolik, Lettenmaier, Wood, Vörösmarty, Olchev, Tchebakova, Gulev, Shmakin, Krinner, Isemer  
  Rapporteurs: Venevsky, Lettenmaier, Sokolik, Baltzer  Lettenmaier (view)
  16:20-16:35 Break  
  16:35-18:05 Poster Session - Kaisergang  
  18:15 Buses Depart for Dinner at Benediktinerhof  
  ca. 21:45 Buses Depart for Vienna Hotels  
February 24 Friday    
Chair Time Topic
Gershenzon 08:30-09:30
Data Support and Applications
  08:30-08:40 NEESPI Data Policy and Science and Data Support Centers Groisman (view)
  08:40-08:50 Integrated Regional Data Center for East Asia Zhai (view)
  08:50-09:00 Problems of data support for Science and Applications Gershenzon (view)
Moderators 09:00-09:30 Discussion. Questions for discussion:  
Gershenzon, Groisman   1. What is the most difficult problem that you face as the data provider/user?  
    2. What is available and what is projected to be available for NEESPI investigators in the next three years?  
Stein (view) 09:30-10:15
Education Issues
  09:30-09:45 GLOBE Henderson/Surkov (view)
  09:45-10:00 Students
Sokolik (view)
Gordov (view)
  10:00-10:15 Discussion  
  10:15-10:40 Break  
   10:40-10:50 SIRS and NEESPI Gordov (view)
   10:50-13:00 NEESPI Steering and Coordinating Committee (NSCC), NEESPI Science Advisory Panel (NSAP) and Poster Session
Location: Gvishiani Room and Raiffa Room
   13:00-14:00  Lunch – Laxenburgerhof  
 Chair  14:15-15:05
Brief reports of agencies and country representatives
 Zalogin  14:15-14:21  USGS  Liu, Shuguang (view)
   14:21-14:27  US Forest Service  Conard (view)
   14:27-14:33  CAS  Liu, Jiyuan
   14:33-14:39  Ukraine  Zalogin (view)
   14:39-14:45  EEA  Erhard (view)
   14:45-14:51  Uzbekistan  Dukhovny (view)
   14:51-14:57  UAS  Kostyuchenko (view)
   14:57-15:05  IIASA  Shah (view)
   15:05-16:15  NSAP and NSCC Reports, Discussion, Next Steps   ( NSAP Report view)
   16:15-16:40  Break  ( NSCC Meeting minutes view)
   16:40-17:40  Separate Discussions by Interest Groups  ( NSCC Meeting Brief Report view)
   17:40  Meeting Adjourn  
   17:45  Buses depart for Vienna Hotels  

Attachment 1. Poster Presentations at the 1st NEESPI Science Team Meeting (view)

Land Cover:

1. Frédéric Achard ( and Gianfranco De Grandi (, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy. The Global Boreal Forest Mapping (GBFM) radar mosaic of Siberia. (view)
2. Antonio Di Gregorio ( and John Latham (, GTOS/FAO Global Terrestrial Observing System.
3. Antonio Di Gregorio ( GTOS/FAO. Global Land Cover Network.
4. Olga Krankina (, Oregon State University, USA. Northern Eurasia Landcover Dynamics Analysis (NELDA): Monitoring and validating the distribution and change in land cover across Northern Eurasia. (view)
5. Jiaguo Qi (, Michigan State University, USA. Land Use and Land Cover Dynamics of China in Support of GOFC/GOLD and NEESPI Sciences. (view)
6. Jon Ranson (, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. Boreal zone forest type and structure from EOS data sets. (view)
7. Vladimir Gershenzon (, ScanEx Corporation. Intact Forest Landscapes of Northern European Russia. (view)

Land Use:

8. Jiquan Chen (, University of Toledo, USA. Effects of Land Use Change on the Energy and Water Balance of the Semi-Arid Region of Inner Mongolia. (view)
9. Roland Geerken (, Yale University, USA. Ecological Monitoring in Semi-Arid Central and West Asia: Drivers and Trajectories. (view)
10. Anatoly Gitelson ( University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA. Land cover land use change effects on surface water quality: Integrated MODIS and SeaWIFS assessment of the Dneiper and Don River basins and their reservoirs. (view)
11. Geoffrey Henebry (, South Dakota State University, USA. Evaluating the effects of institutional change on regional hydrometeorology: Assessing the vulnerability of the Eurasian semi-arid grain belt.(view)
12. Patrick Hostert (, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany. Post-socialist land use and land cover change in the Carpathians. Assessing the importance of socioeconomic and political factors on landscape dynamics and biodiversity. (view)
13. Volker C. Radeloff (, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Post-USSR land cover change in Eastern Europe: socioeconomic forcings, effects on biodiversity, and future scenarios. (view)
14. Donald Walker (, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, USA [poster presented by Vladimir Romanovsky) University of Bern, Switzerland. Application of space-based technologies and models to address land-cover/land-use change problems on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia. (view)
15. Tatiana Loboda (, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change on Wildland Fire Frequency and the Amur Tiger. (view)
16. Dennis Ojima (, Colorado State University, USA. Northern Eurasian C-land Use Climate Interaction in the Semi-Arid Regions. (view 1) (view 2)
17. Gregory Taff (, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Post-Soviet land cover/land use dynamics in Gauja National Park, Latvia. (view)
18. Curtis Woodcock (, Boston University, USA. Quantifying the Effects of Land Use Change on Carbon Budgets in the Black Sea Region. (view)

Biogeochemical Cycles

19. Susan G. Conard (, USDA Forest Service, USA. Wildfire Impacts on Carbon Stocks and Exchanges in Forests of Central Siberia: Quantifying Effects of Fire Intensity, Fire Severity, and Burning Conditions. (view)
20. Ivan Csiszar (, University of Maryland, USA. Development of an Integrated System of Ground-, Air- and Space-Based Observations of Biomass Burning in Northern Eurasia. (view)
21. Vyacheslav Kharuk (, RAS Forest Institute, Russia. Forest-tundra ecotone response to climatic trends in the Sayan Mountains. (view)
22. Andrei Lapenis (, University of New York at Albany, USA. Adaptation of Russian Forests to Recent Changes in Climate. (view)
23. Shuguang Liu ( ), U.S. Geological Survey, USA. Using Multiple Constraints to Quantify Carbon Dynamics over Large Areas with Uncertainty Measures. (view)
24. Shuguang Liu ( ), U.S. Geological Survey, USA. Scaling up Carbon Fluxes to Predict Carbon Dynamics in Kazakhstan Central Asia. (view)
25. Csaba Matyas (, University of West Hungary, Hungary. Forecasting carbon sequestration of N Eurasian conifer forests on the basis of common garden field tests. FORCLIM consortium.(view)
26. Sten Nilsson (, IIASA, Austria. Principles and Methodological Background of Northern Eurasia Earth System Studies. (view)
27. Alexander Olchev (, RAS Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution Problems, Russia. Carbon and water budget of boreal forest ecosystem of the South-European Taiga: Results of modelling experiments and field measurements. (view)
28. Hank H. Shugart (, University of Virginia, USA and Aleksander S. Isaev (, RAS Center for Ecological Problems and Productivity of Forests, Russia. Modeling the carbon dynamics of the Eurasian Boreal Forest.
29. Amber Soya (, NASA NASA Langley Research Center, USA. Wildfire, Ecosystems, and Climate: Examining the relationships between weather, extreme fire events, and fire-induced land -cover change in the changing climate of Siberia. (view)
30. Guoqing Sun (, University of Maryland, USA. Comparative Studies on Carbon Dynamics in Disturbed Forest Ecosystems: Eastern Russia and Northeastern China. (view)
31. Sandor Szalai (, Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ), Hungary. Optimization of forest management methods in preparation to the climate change. (view)

Energy and Water Cycle

32. Vladimir Aizen, (, University of Idaho, USA. Estimation of seasonal snow cover and glacial area changes in central Asia (Tien Shan) during the last 50 years using NASA ESE products and in-situ data. (view)
33. Meinhard Breiling (, Technical University, Austria and Andrey Shmakin ( ), RAS Institute of Geography, Russia. Influence of snow vertical structure on hydrothermal regime and snow-related economical aspects in Northern Eurasia. (view)
34. James Elkins (, NOAA/Earth System Research Lab., USA. Eurasian Railway Measurements of greenhouse, ozone-depleting, and air quality gases in TRans-Siberia Observations of the Chemistry Into the Chemistry of the Atmosphere (TROICA). (view)
35. Alexander Georgiadi (, RAS Institute of Geography, Russia. The Largest River Systems of Northern Eurasia: Hydrological State during Warm Climatic Epochs in Past, Present and Future. (view)
36. Sergey Gulev, RAS P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia ( and Clemens Simmer, Meteorological Institute, University of Bonn, Germany ( Extreme precipitation events: Their origins, predictability and societal impacts. (view)
37. Lev Kuchment (, RAS Institute of Water Problems, Russia. A physically based distributed model of the hydrological cycle and its application to large river basins of Northern Eurasia. (view)
38. Peter Romanov ( University of Maryland, USA. Continuous fields of snow cover characteristics derived through coupling satellite data with snowpack model. Application in the river runoff modeling over NEESPI domain. (view)
39. Maria Shahgedanova (, University of Reading, UK and Viktor Popovnin (, Moscow State University, Russia. Modelling glacial responses to climate change in the Caucasus Mountains. (view)
40. Honguyu Tang ( ), Meteorological Service of Qinghai Province, China. Changes in the water budget in upper streams of major East Asian Rivers.

Large Scale-Integrated Studies

41. Anni Reissell (, Helsinki University, Finland. GiLEAPS, Linking spatiotemporal geoinformation with integrated land ecosystem - atmosphere processes. (view)
42. Meinrat Andreae, Pavel Kabat, and Anni Reissell, Presented by Anni Reissell ( and Pavel Kabat (, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. iLEAPS, Integrated land ecosystem atmosphere Processes Study. (view)
43. Pavel Groisman ( ), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research at NOAA/NESDIS/ National Climatic Data Center, USA and Vyacheslav Razuvaev(, Russian Institute for Hydrometeorological Information, Russia. Representativeness of estimates of changes in weather extremes. (view)
44. Larry Hinzman ( University of Alaska-Fairbanks, USA [poster presented by Vladimir Romanovsky]. Current climate changes over Eastern Siberia and their impact on permafrost landscapes, ecosystem dynamics, and hydrological regime. (view)
45. Gerhard Krinner (, CNRS- Université Joseph Fourier, France. The ORCHIDEE land surface model. Inclusion of high-latitude processes and studies of the carbon cycle. (view)
46. Jaakko Kukkonen ( and Mikhail Sofiev (, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland [poster will be presented by colleague]. Evaluation and Forecasting of the atmospheric concentrations of allergenic pollen in Europe (POLLEN). (view)
47. Gregory Leptoukh (, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. NASA Earth Sciences Data Support System and Services for the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative. (view)
• Dennis Lettenmaier (, University of Washington, USA. Diagnosis and Prognosis of Changes in Lake and Wetland Extent on the Regional Carbon Balance of Northern Eurasia [no poster but the topic will be covered on Monday afternoon during the Lettenmaier’s talk].
48. Changsheng Li ( ), University of New Hampshire, USA. Quantifying CO2 Fluxes from Boreal Forests in Northern Eurasia: An Integrated Analysis of Flux Tower Data, Remote Sensing Data and Biogeochemical Modeling.(view)
49. Vladimir Romanovsky ( University of Alaska-Fairbanks, USA. Permafrost dynamics within the Northern Eurasia region and related impacts on surface and sub-surface hydrology. (view)
50. Vladimir Romanovsky ( University of Alaska-Fairbanks, USA. Thermal State of Permafrost (TSP): The U.S. contribution to the International Permafrost Observatory Network (INPO).
51. Irina Sokolik (, Georgia Institute for Technology, USA. Understanding the role of changes in land use/land cover and atmospheric dust loading and their coupling on climate change in the NEESPI study domain drylands. (view)
52. Charles Vörösmarty (, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, USA . Contributions of Changes in Land Use/Land Cover, Water Use, and Climate to the Hydrological Cycle Across the Central Asian States. (view)
53. Charles Vörösmarty ( ), Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, USA . Role of land cover and land use change in hydrology of Eurasian Pan-Arctic.
54. Eric Wood ( Princeton University, USA and Alexander Oltchev (, RAS Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution Problems, Russia. An integrated understanding of the terrestrial water and energy cycles across the NEESPI domain through observations and modeling. (view)
55. Andrey Glazovsky et al. ( ), Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia. Presented by Tatiana Khromova ( ), Regional features of the state and dynamics of the glaciers in the mountain regions in Northern Eurasia in environment of current climate change. (view)
56. Olga Nosenko ( Research Center for Space Information Systems and Observation technologies of ROSKOSMOS, Russia. Application of new microwave remote sensing data for determination of snow cover parameters in North Eurasia regions. (view)
57. Sandra Henderson ( ), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA. The GLOBE Program. (view1) (view2)
58. Heiko Balzter ( ), NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Climate and Land Surface Systems Interaction Centre (CLASSIC), UK. Siberian forest fires and climate change.

Attachment 2. Potential participants in Discussion “Outstanding Problems in the Carbon Cycle” Topics:
o Observations
o Disturbances
o Modeling
o Interactions with climate, cryosphere, and hydrosphere

Curtis Woodcock, Changsheng Li, Dennis Lettenmaier, Dennis Ojima, Mahendra Shah, Guoqing Sun, Eric Wood, Hank H. Shugart, Aleksander Isaev, Susan Conard, Alexander Olchev, Anatoly Shvidenko, Olga Krankina, Irina Sokolik, Jiyuan Liu, Ivan Csisza, Sandor Szalai, Jiquan Chen, Vladimir Romanovsky, Roland Geerken, Martin Heimann, Vladimir Kotlyakov, Jiaguo Qi, Juliya Kurbatova, Anatoly Sukhinin, Vyacheslav Kharuk, John Elkins, Amber Soya, Anatoly Gitelson, Xiangming Xiao, Sergey Venevsky, Nadezhda Tchebakova, Jon Ranson, Shuguang Liu.

Rapporteurs: Juliya Kurbatova, Amber Soya, and Alexander Olchev