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USA National Phenology Network

USA National Phenology Network
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Phenological Research Features a unique scope, pinpointing an untapped market Adds and defines certainty of the results of any analysis of phenological data Offers rigorous statistical treatment of available data Covers a wide range of different datasets as well as possible approaches for the analysis Presents up to date and state of the art approaches As climate change continues to dominate the international environmental agenda, phenology – the study of the timing of recurring biological events – has received increasing research attention, leading to an emerging consensus that phenology can be viewed as an ‘early warning system’ for climate change impact. A multidisciplinary science involving many branches of ecology, geography and remote sensing, phenology to date has lacked a coherent methodological text. This new synthesis, including contributions from many of the world’s leading phenologists, therefore fills a critical gap in the current biological literature. Content Level » Research Hide authors

Climate Change Proceedings: Proceedings published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine chronicle the presentations and discussions at a workshop, symposium, or other event convened by the National Academies. The statements and opinions contained in proceedings are those of the participants and are not endorsed by other participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies. Consensus Study Reports: Consensus Study Reports published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine document the evidence-based consensus on the study’s statement of task by an authoring committee of experts. Reports typically include findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on information gathered by the committee and the committee’s deliberations. Each report has been subjected to a rigorous and independent peer-review process and it represents the position of the National Academies on the statement of task.

Disturbance Regimes and Climate-Carbon Feedback NIMBioS Investigative Workshop Topic: Integration of disturbance ecology and biogeochemistry to predict future dynamics of terrestrial carbon cycle under global change Meeting dates: February 13-15, 2012 Organizers: Maria Leite (Mathematics, Univ. of Toledo) Yiqi Luo (Ecology, Univ. of Oklahoma at Norman; Director, EcoLab) Objectives: Disturbances have been recognized as a key factor affecting terrestrial biogeochemical processes but can be easily misinterpreted without considering the context of disturbance regimes. Disturbance regimes can usually be characterized by disturbance frequency, severity, and extensity, and differ in different regions of the world. Central Theme. Summary Report. Products Publications Vargas R. 2012. NIMBioS Investigative Workshops focus on broad topics or a set of related topics, summarizing/synthesizing the state of the art and identifying future directions.

Welcome - Steve Schein Dr. Steve Schein is a corporate sustainability strategist and family business advisor at L4S Consulting. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and former CEO with more than 35 years of leadership, business development, consulting, and senior management experience in a wide range of industries. His primary areas of consulting are leadership development and integration sustainability with strategy and culture. Steve is passionate about helping leaders and teams tap into their deeper motivations and strengths to cultivate sustainable organizations over the long-term. His 2015 book A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews has been featured in US News & World Report, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, Psychology Today and numerous other journals and publications. Steve has been the Expert-in-Residence at the Presidio Graduate School and a ten year member of the faculty at SOU, where he founded the sustainability leadership certificate program.

Global photosynthesis: New insight will help predict future climate change A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess future climate change. In a paper published September 28 in Nature, a team of US, Dutch and Australian scientists have estimated that the global rate of photosynthesis, the chemical process governing the way ocean and land plants absorb and release CO2, occurs 25% faster than previously thought. From analysing more than 30 years of data collected by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego including air samples collected and analysed by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology from the Cape Grim Air Pollution Monitoring Station, scientists have deduced the mean rate of photosynthesis over several decades and identified the El Nino-Southern Oscillation phenomenon as a regulator of the type of oxygen atoms found in CO2 from the far north to the south pole.

Sustainability is the investment opportunity of the year: Kurt Vogt, HSBC | The Climate Group We sat down with Kurt Vogt, Managing Director of Sustainable Financing at HSBC, to learn about the landscape of sustainable finance, and where the opportunities lie. HSBC hosted the second annual Sustainable Finance Briefing during Climate Week NYC on September 19, which focused on the latest developments in global climate finance and saw the launch of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2016 report by the Climate Bonds Initiative. What are the barriers to investment in the low carbon economy and how can the market be reformed to scale-up climate finance? There are a couple of big opportunities I see to develop climate finance. Another challenge is making the business case for green bonds clearer. What factors have enabled the recent rapid growth in the green bonds market? In recent years we have seen several exciting trends in the green bonds market: Can you give some examples of how HSBC has promoted sustainable finance initiatives?

MODIS Land Product Subsets Overview The goal of the MODIS Land Product Subsets project is to provide summaries of selected MODIS Land Products for the community to use for validation of models and remote-sensing products and to characterize field sites. Output files contain pixel values of MODIS land products in text format and in GeoTIFF format. MODIS Land Product Subsets Resources The following MODIS Land Product Subsets resources are maintained by the ORNL DAAC: Get MODIS Subsets (Collection 5) Field Site and Flux tower Obtain MODIS subsets for areas centered on more than 1,000 field sites and flux towers from around the world: Data for Selected Field Sites Global Tool Order MODIS subsets for any site, area (from 1 pixel up to 201 x 201 km) and time period globally: Create Subset Web Service Programmatically obtain MODIS subsets for any land location, time period and area (from 1 pixel up to 201 x 201 km) using a SOAP Web Service Web Service Info Related MODIS Links

Katharine Hayhoe | Climate Scientist Hi. I'm a climate scientist. prev next Earth's Changing Ecosystems Telecon Multimedia Page Earth's Changing Ecosystems Telecon Multimedia Page Kevin Arrigo, Stanford University Click on image to enlarge Figure 1: Data from the arctic study region show the minimum sea ice extent reached on Sept. 22, 2006 (left), the minimum sea ice extent reached on Sept.16, 2007 (middle), and the difference in the minimum sea ice extent between 2006 and 2007 (right). Red shading denotes areas with open water in 2007 that were ice covered in 2006. Figure 2: Differences in the rate of photosynthesis in algae between 2006 and 2007 correspond to differences in the duration of open water between 2006 and 2007. Alfredo Huete, University of Arizona Figure 3: Data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument show the response of the Amazon ecosystem to the seasonal drought period. Figure 4: NASA's Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission (TRMM) sensor data depicts the rainfall anomaly that impacted the Amazon basin in 2005 (left). Jorge L. Gregory Asner, Carnegie Institution

IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis First Light for NPP Eleven days after its launch into Earth orbit, the new satellite known as NPP sent back its first science data on November 8, 2011, part of a series of instrument startups and checkouts that will take place before the satellite goes into full operational mode. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) carries five instruments that will improve day-to-day weather forecasting while extending the record of many long-term observations of Earth's climate. This image from the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) depicts the location and abundance of water vapor in the lower atmosphere, from the surface to 5 kilometers altitude. Reds depict areas with less water vapor, while blues represent abundant water in all phases (vapor, clouds, and precipitation) in low and middle latitudes. ATMS receives 22 channels of radio waves from 23 to 183 gigahertz (GHz). Image processing by NOAA/Center for Satellite Applications and Research.