Advances in remote sensing-based monitoring of vegetation growth dynamics across North American ecosystems

Abstract for Weekly Colloquium on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4 pm in Harshbarger 206 ~ Refreshments at 3:45 pm

William K. Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona.

Advances in remote sensing-based monitoring of vegetation growth dynamics across North American ecosystems

Abstract

Climate change, land use, and shifting disturbance regimes are significantly affecting terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. These changes are impacting ecosystem function in complex ways, potentially resulting in strong feedbacks to future climate that are currently not well understood. The combination of remote sensing techniques and field observations is a powerful tool for improving our understanding of ecosystem change across spatiotemporal scales and for exploring fundamental climate-vegetation relationships. In this talk, I present an exploration of the ability of emerging remote sensing approaches to accurately capture seasonal to interannual vegetation growth dynamics across North American ecosystems, with a particular focus on the Southwest.