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NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment


1st Science Team Meeting
Minneapolis, MN
Sep 29–Oct 2, 2015



Participants By Project


Science Team
   Agenda with links to Presentations (For Science Team Only)
Tuesday, September 29: The Commons Hotel
9:00 AM Plenary --Pinnacle Ballroom  
9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome Scott Goetz/Chip Miller/Peter Griffith
9:15 AM Objectives Scott Goetz
9:45 AM View from HQ Hank Margolis/Eric Kasischke
10:15 AM Overview of the Science Team Peter Griffith
10:30 AM BREAK  
10:45 AM Fauna & Ecosystem Services  
10:45 AM Animals on the move: Remotely based determination of key drivers influencing movements and habitat selection of highly mobile fauna throughout the ABoVE study domain >> Natalie Boelman
11:00 AM Biophysical drivers and socio-ecological impacts of environmental change in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, western Alaska >> Gerald Frost
11:15 AM Assessing Alpine Ecosystem Vulnerability to Environmental Change Using Dall Sheep as an Iconic Indicator Species >> Laura Prugh
11:30 AM Biophysical Characteristics and Mechanisms of Environmental Disturbances Influencing Human Access to Ecosystem Services in Boreal Alaska >> Todd Brinkman
11:45 AM DISCUSSION Natalie Boelman
12:00 PM LUNCH  
1:15 PM Vegetation Structure & Function  
1:15 PM Fingerprinting Three Decades of Changes in Interior Alaska (1982-2014) Using Field Measurements, Stereo Air Photos, and G-LiHT Data >> Bruce Cook/ Doug Morton
  A Joint USFS-NASA Pilot Project to Estimate Forest Carbon Stocks in Interior Alaska by Integrating Field, Airborne and Satellite Data >> Doug Morton
1:30 PM LiDAR, passive spectral, and ecophysiological approaches to link Forest Tundra Ecotone structure and function >> Jan Eitel
1:45 PM A High-Resolution Circumpolar Delineation of the Forest-Tundra Ecotone With Implications for Carbon Balance >> Jon Ranson
2:00 PM Changes in Shrub Abundance in Arctic Tundra from the Satellite High Resolution Record for the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and Impacts on Albedo >> Mark Chopping
2:15 PM DISCUSSION Doug Morton
2:30 PM Vegetation Dynamics & Distribution  
2:30 PM Mapping and modeling attributes of an arctic – boreal biome shift: Resource management implications within the ABoVE domain >> Scott Goetz
2:45 PM Shifting Patterns of Boreal Forest Succession and Browning Over the Last 30 Years >> Michael Goulden
3:00 PM Landscape-Scale Histories and Active Monitoring of Disturbance, Seasonality and Greenness Trends for ABOVE from Landsat >> Curtis Woodcock/ Mark Friedl
3:15 PM Recovery and Archiving of Key Arctic Alaska Vegetation Map and Plot Data for Long-Term Vegetation Analyses >> Skip Walker
3:30 PM CHARS Experimental and Reference Area (ERA) & Associated Projects >> Donald McLennan
3:45 PM DISCUSSION Michael Goulden
4:00 PM BREAK  
4:15 PM Fire Disturbance  
4:15 PM Understanding the Vulnerability and Resiliency of Boreal-Taiga Ecosystems to Wildfire in a Changing Climate: A study of the 2014 Northwest Territories Wildfires >> Laura Bourgeau-Chavez
  Planning and Collection of Data on Boreal Wildfire Effects:
Studies of broad-scale 2014 Wildfires in NWT, Canada >>
Laura Bourgeau-Chavez
4:30 PM Quantifying long-term impacts of single and repeated wildfire burning in North American tundra on organic soil carbon stocks and ecosystem functioning >> Tatiana Loboda
  Long-Term Multi-Sensor Record of Fire Disturbances in High Northern Latitudes >> Tatiana Loboda
4:45 PM Increasing fire severity and the loss of legacy carbon from forest and tundra ecosystems of northwestern North America >> Michelle Mack
5:00 PM Developing a spatially-explicit understanding of fire-climate forcings and their management implications across the ABoVE domain >> Brendan Rogers
5:15 PM DISCUSSION Michelle Mack
5:30 PM Adjourn  

Wednesday, September 30: McNamara Alumni center
8:30 AM Plenary --Johnson Great Room  
8:30 AM Welcome Scott Goetz
8:45 AM Carbon Dynamics  
8:45 AM Evaluating growing season length and productivity across the ABoVE Domain using novel satellite indices and a ground
sensor network >>
John Gamon
9:00 AM Satellite data driven model assessment of landscape variability and environmental controls on the Arctic-Boreal carbon budget >> John Kimball
9:15 AM Characterizing methane emission response to the past 60 years of permafrost thaw in thermokarst lakes >> Franz Meyer
9:30 AM Quantifying CO2 and CH4 Fluxes from Vulnerable Arctic-Boreal Ecosystems Across Spatial and Temporal Scales >> Chip Miller
  CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment) Airborne Observations of Carbon Dynamics in the Vulnerable Arctic-Boreal Ecosystems of Northwestern Canada - CARVE-CAN >> Chip Miller
  Permafrost Vulnerability in a Seasonally Sea Ice-free Arctic >> Chip Miller
9:45 AM Regional Mapping of Soil Conditions in Northern Alaska Permafrost Landscapes Using AirMOSS and Land Model Data Assimilation, and Associated Impacts on Terrestrial Carbon Fluxes >> Mahta Moghaddam
10:00 AM BREAK  
10:15 AM Development of a Data-Assimilation Framework for Integrating 25 Years of Surface and Airborne observations to assess patterns of net CO2 Exchange from Arctic Ecosystems >> William Munger
10:30 AM Winter respiration in the Arctic: Constraining current and future estimates of CO2 emissions during the non-growing season >> Sue Natali
10:45 AM DISCUSSION Sue Natali
11:00 AM Permafrost & Hydrology  
11:00 AM Determining the Extent and Dynamics of Surface Water for the ABoVE Field Campaign >> Mark Carroll
11:15 AM Remotely-Sensed Active Layer Thickness (ReSALT) Product Derived from InSAR Data Over North American Arctic Regions >> Kevin Schaefer
11:30 AM Vulnerability of inland waters and the aquatic carbon cycle to changing permafrost and climate across boreal northwestern
North America >>
Rob Striegl
11:45 AM DISCUSSION Rob Striegl
12:00 PM LUNCH  
1:30 PM Modeling & Model Intercomparisons  
1:30 PM A Model-Data Integration Framework (MoDIF) for ABoVE Phase I research: simulation, scaling and benchmarking for key indicators of Arctic-boreal ecosystem dynamics >> Joshua Fisher
1:45 PM NGEE-Arctic >> Stan Wulschleger
2:00 PM DISCUSSION Joshua Fisher
2:15 PM Discussion of common themes & potential / obvious synergies Scott Goetz
2:45 PM Charge to Breakouts (with Implementation Plan elements)  
2:50 PM BREAK  
3:05 PM Thematic Breakouts
  1. Fauna & Ecosystem Services (Boelman)-- Gateway Room
  2. Flora (Goulden)--Minnesota Room
  3. Fire Distrubance (Mack)--Thomas H. Swain Room
  4. Carbon Biogeochemistry/Permafrost/Hydrology (Kimball)--Johnson Great Room
5:05 PM Plenary--Q&A, wrap-up of Day 2 & plans for Day 3  
5:35 PM Adjourn  

Thursday, October 1: McNamara Alumni Center
9:00 AM Plenary --Johnson Great Room  
9:00 AM Breakout Group Reports  
10:30 AM BREAK  
11:00 AM Data Life Cycle [PDF] Peter Griffith
11:15 AM The ABoVE Science Cloud Liz Hoy/ Mark McInerney
11:30 AM High resolution imagery for ABoVE Paul Morin
12:00 AM Introduction to Airborne Campaign
 NASA Airborne Science Program
 The Unique Opportunity of ABoVE Airborne Intensives
Randy Albertson /Chip Miller
12:15 PM LUNCH  
1:45 PM Plenary--Coordinating Permitting, Logistics, and Safety Dan Hodkinson
2:15PM Implementation Plan Discussion 1 Scott Goetz
3:00 PM Charge to Breakouts  
3:05 PM Crosscutting Breakouts
  1. Flora-Fauna Interactions--Gateway Room
  2. Fire- Flora recovery/ Interactions--Minnesota Room
  3. BGC- Fire-Permafrost interactions--Ski-U-Mah Room
  4. Hydrology/snow- Permafrost interactions--Johnson Great Room
5:05 PM Adjourn  

Friday, October 2: McNamara Alumni center
9:00 AM Plenary --Johnson Great Room  
9:00 AM Breakout Reports  
10:30 AM Implementation Plan Discussion 2  
10:40 AM Data Sharing and Archiving Bob Cook
10:55 AM Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis-Ready Samples (AppEEARS) Tom Maiersperger
11:00 AM BREAK  
11:15 AM Airborne Campaign
-Remote Sensing in BOREAS: Lessons Learned PDF
Chip Miller
12:00 PM Plans for Next Meetings Peter Griffith
12:10 PM Next Steps and Action Items Scott Goetz
12:30 PM Adjourn  
1:30 PM Optional: Polar Geospatial Center Visit

On the final afternoon of the ABoVE meeting, participants are invited to visit the Polar Geospatial Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus (a short 10-15 minute bus ride from the conference venue) from 1:30-3:30pm. PGC has a long-standing relationship with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and commercial satellite vendors. PGC is primarily funded by the NSF, but also has NASA funding specifically to provide high resolution satellite imagery and related tools and products to support the ABoVE project. PGC staff and students will be on hand to give a brief tour and to discuss joint efforts with the ABoVE science team.