Innovation in Remote Sensing Applications for Land Change Science and Management

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The USGS Western Geographic Science Center’s project for Remote Sensing Studies of Phenology-Carbon-Climate Relations (PCCR) uses satellite- and ground-based remote sensing to address one of the most pressing and challenging environmental questions confronting society today: how human activities, persistent drought, and climate change are affecting the condition and sustainability of land ecosystems, ecosystem services, and land resources in the southwestern United States and beyond. The project, sponsored by the USGS Land Change Science Program, supports the need for improved data, information, and understanding of how persistent drought, climate change, and land use activities are affecting land vegetation and associated ecosystem services, particularly carbon-related processes. In 2015, the project began transitioning from a period of investment in improving USGS capabilities for near-surface land remote sensing to reaping the benefits of those investments in meeting the land science and management needs of USGS and its governmental, non-governmental, and Tribal partners. The project is leading pathfinding research in detecting, analyzing, and monitoring landscape condition and change through innovative approaches that integrate new techniques in biophysical remote sensing with emerging insights in landscape ecology and climate science.     

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Dennis Dye
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