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NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment

ABoVE

Working Groups


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Joint ABoVE Working Group Session Series will be held bimonthly on the first Monday of each month under a specific cross-cutting theme.
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The Carbon Dynamics Working Group (CDWG) brings together observationalists, modelers and data scientists to document, study and understand rapid large-scale changes to the carbon cycle in the ABoVE Study Region. CDWG projects span scales from plot-level studies that provide process-level understanding of relevant drivers of carbon cycling to regional-scale measurements from airborne, tall towers, and spaceborne platforms. In addition, the majority of CDWG projects are highly interdisciplinary in nature - CDWG group members work closely with members from other thematic WGs to tackle one of the overarching science questions underpinning the ABoVE campaign - How are the magnitudes, fates, and land-atmosphere exchanges of carbon pools responding to environmental change, and what are the biogeochemical mechanisms driving these changes?

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The Hydrology & Permafrost component seeks to clarify processes controlling Arctic-boreal permafrost conditions and interactions with the water cycle, including the amount, distribution and status of water in the landscape. We also seek to understand the feedbacks and consequences of a changing permafrost and hydrologic regime on the regional flora, fauna, biogeochemistry and ecosystem services. The Wetlands component's purpose is to coordinate, collaborate, and understand the research happening in the ABoVE domain related to wetland mapping, monitoring, and process modeling. This working group will strive to identify common field and remote sensing methodologies and techniques in order to efficiently pool data and other resources and coordinate product development. Objectives of the working group are to synthesize data to understand regional conditions and change related to wetlands and to identify data and research gaps.

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The Modeling Framework & Comparisons Working Group focuses on linking and synthesizing the various modeling activities across ABoVE, with a focus on terrestrial ecosystems.

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Spectral Imaging working group focuses on the use of spectral information to describe the characteristics and processes of high latitude ecosystems. We are interested in the use of optical remote sensing across the range of spatial, spectral, and temporal scales, from ground measurements, towers, drones, aircraft, and satellites, particularly those equipped for imaging spectroscopy (IS). We are also interested in the measurement and analysis of solar induced fluorescence (SIF).

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The Collaborations and Engagement working group focuses on developing, coordinating, and maintaining science and data user partnerships across sectors and geographical areas. This WG engages with governments, Indigenous Nations, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions within the ABoVE study area. We facilitate connections between these groups and the ABoVE Science Team to collate and share scientific research results, including data products, GIS maps and measurements on topics as diverse as food security, permafrost subsidence, fire and vegetation management and ungulate ranges. The WG supports collaborations between end users and researchers to both increase the usability and use of ABoVE products as well as enhance our understanding of regional terrestrial ecology and coproduction needs. WG activities include advising and assisting the ABoVE Leadership Group and Science Team and with planning and outreach, as well as supporting coordination of activities among individual projects

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The Snowscapes Working Group focused on how spatial and temporal dynamics of snowscape properties - including cover and snowpack characteristics - influence ecosystem dynamics. It included how snowscape dynamics affect soil active layer development, winter soil respiration, soil-plant-atmosphere carbon exchange, vegetation community dynamics, disturbance regimes, and wildlife habitat and movement.

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The Ecosystem Services and Co-Production Working Group was focused on assessing how observed and projected environmental changes across the ABoVE study region my influence the delivery of ecosystem services to local, regional, and global stakeholders. We collaborated with NASA ABoVE project teams that are interested in how their research and findings can advance knowledge regarding social, economic, and cultural service dynamics in Arctic and boreal systems. We were particularly interested in facilitating the use of ABoVE products by stakeholders to inform policy and management decisions that sustain and/or enhance ecosystem services in the future; in this vein, our working group interacted with stakeholders to engender knowledge co-production regarding ecosystem processes within the region.

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The goal of this working group is to create a digital compilation of field measurements across the ABoVE domain for support of airborne radar data analyses. The membership of this working group is comprised of ABoVE WG leads and researchers interested in contributing to the effort.

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The goal of this working group is to create a digital compilation of field measurements across the ABoVE domain for support of airborne radar data analyses. The membership of this working group is comprised of ABoVE WG leads and researchers interested in contributing to the effort.

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