ABoVE Science Team,
It has been almost 6 months since our last newsletter and it seems the time has flown by. That is partly because we collectively had another busy field season, much of the Science Team was engaged in Phase 2 proposals, and progress on many other elements of ABoVE leadership and management has been relentlessly ongoing. Reflecting back, some of those “other things” include another season of airborne data acquisitions (see report by Chip and Peter in this newsletter), bringing a new NASA HQ Program Scientist into the ABoVE fold (see blurb by Mike Falkowski in this newsletter), planning for mini-workshops with stakeholders in the Yukon and NWT (see update by Libby in this newsletter), and continuing to summarize “What We’re Learning” (WWL) from ABoVE research. We will provide another update on WWL in the Spring newsletter but would like to again thank everyone who contributed to this effort. Among other things, input from many of you has been used in presentations by the heads of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, including the Earth Science Division Director (Mike Freilich) and the Associate Director for Research (Jack Kaye).
In the interest of keeping everyone appraised of Science Team activities as well as its size and composition, we have produced a summary available on the ABoVE website. We note there are many ways to slice categorization of the Science Team, but suffice it to say ABoVE involves hundreds of scientists, hundreds more research assistants, associates, postdocs and students, and yet hundreds more interested and engaged stakeholders who both follow and actively participate in ABoVE research. Check out the numbers for yourself here. Related, coordination with ABoVE partners continues with periodic bursts of intense activity. Most recently, we coordinated with Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) on a report entitled Pushing remote sensing capacity to aid climate change research in Canada’s North, which will be available later this year.
With so many researchers involved, the number of publications coming from ABoVE research is substantial. Many of these publications are appearing in high profile journals and receiving well-deserved media attention. You can see a summary of ABoVE publications on the web site here. It is also clear from the monthly Working Group Lead telecons that the number of anticipated publications is substantially ramping up as we near the end of Phase 1 and prepare for initiation of Phase 2 activities and projects (with selections to be announced in the Spring).
In addition to publications, there have been numerous presentations at professional meetings and elsewhere including another bevvy of presentations at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting, with 40 presentations in 5 oral sessions and 60 posters in one poster session (see session details here, all focused on The Resilience and Vulnerability of Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems to Climate Change. We look forward to seeing many of you there and extend special thanks to the session organizers (Michelle Mack, Abhishek Chatterjee, Natalie Boelman, Peter Griffith and Scott).
Finally, for now, we note that planning for the 5th ABoVE Science Team (ASTM5) meeting has begun. An organizing committee has been formed and a series of telecons has been scheduled over the coming months. Due to circumstances beyond our control we had to move the dates of ASTM5 from the first week of April to May 20th - 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes but we expect to have 1-2 representatives of each Phase 1 project present at the meeting and we hope to be able to have brief summaries of selected Phase 2 projects introduced as well. More on ASTM5 will be forthcoming as planning progresses. As always, please contact us with any issues you may have and, just as importantly, keep us posted on exciting new advances and ABoVE supported publications.
Scott, Chip, Peter, Hank and Mike