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Vierling-01 Project Profile
  (updated 06-Jun-2016)
Project Title:Quantifying Thresholds in Arctic Tundra Vegetation Structure and Ecosystem Function Using LiDAR and Multispectral Remote Sensing
Project Lead: Lee Vierling, University of Idaho
Project Funding: 2012 - 2016
NASA (agency representative: Diane Wickland)
Project Type:NASA -- joined ABoVE in 2015
Solicitation:NASA: Terrestrial Ecology (2011)
Abstract: Quantifying thresholds in arctic tundra vegetation structure and ecosystem function using LiDAR and multispectral remote sensing Evidence accumulating from many disciplines shows that the Arctic is undergoing significant climatic warming, and that North American Arctic tundra is already responding to warming with increased vegetation greenness in ... [more]
ABoVE Science Questions
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Carbon Pools
ABoVE Science Objectives: Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Microbes, Plants, Animal Interactions
  • Vegetation Greening and Browning
  • Controls on Carbon Biogeochemistry
  • Changes to Fish and Wildlife Habitat
ABoVE Science Objectives: Ecosystem Services
  • Climate Regulation
  • Ecosystem Services Interactions
ABoVE Disciplinary Theme
  • Vegetation Structure and Function
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Research
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Product Title:  High resolution (1 m2) map of shrub biomass for a ~13 km2 area at the Toolik Field Station, AK and nearby field sites along Dalton Highway
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Product Title:  Harvest-based allometric equations relating shrub height and volume with biomass and leaf area for two common Arctic tundra shrub species, Salix pulchra and Betula nana
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Product Title:  Bare earth LiDAR dataset for Toolik Field Station, AK, and nearby field sites along Dalton Highway
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Product Title:  Four-band, 5cm resolution orthophotographs of Toolik Field Station, AK, and nearby field sites along Dalton Highway
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Status: In-Progress Date When Available: 2016-04-01
Product Title:  High resolution, validated map of songbird breeding habitat for Lapwing longspurs and Gambelís white-crowned sparrows at the Toolik Field Station, AK, and nearby field sites along Dalton Highway
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Publications: Boelman, N. T., Magney, T. S., Logan, B. A., Griffin, K. L., Eitel, J. U. H., Greaves, H., Prager, C. M., Vierling, L. A. 2016. Spectral determination of concentrations of functionally diverse pigments in increasingly complex arctic tundra canopies. Oecologia. 182(1), 85-97. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3646-x

Magney, T. S., Eitel, J. U., Griffin, K. L., Boelman, N. T., Greaves, H. E., Prager, C. M., Logan, B. A., Zheng, G., Ma, L., Fortin, E. A., Oliver, R. Y., Vierling, L. A. 2016. LiDAR canopy radiation model reveals patterns of photosynthetic partitioning in an Arctic shrub. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 221, 78-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.02.007

Greaves, H. E., Vierling, L. A., Eitel, J. U., Boelman, N. T., Magney, T. S., Prager, C. M., Griffin, K. L. 2015. Estimating aboveground biomass and leaf area of low-stature Arctic shrubs with terrestrial LiDAR. Remote Sensing of Environment. 164, 26-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.02.023

2015 NASA Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Joint Science Workshop Poster(s)
  • Active and passive remote sensing of thresholds in arctic tundra vegetation structure and ecosystem function   --   (Lee A. Vierling, Jan Eitel, Kevin Griffin, Natalie Boelman, Heather Greaves, Case Prager, Barry Logan, Libby Fortin, Ruthie Oliver, Troy Magney)   [abstract]
2013 NASA Terrestrial Ecology Science Team Meeting Poster(s)
  • Quantifying thresholds in arctic tundra vegetation structure and ecosystem function using LiDAR and multispectral remote sensing   --   (Lee A. Vierling, Natalie T. Boelman, Jan U.H. Eitel, Kevin L. Griffin, Heather Greaves, Troy Magney, Case Prager)   [abstract]

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